Quality checks: why they are important

Posted 18/10/2019

The Quality Company was founded in July 2007, offering Quality Checks to people with a learning disability, supported by the Thera Group.

Staff at The Quality Company give us an insight into their company.

Since then we have also worked with the Care Quality Commission on their Experts by Experience programme and on some bespoke projects for various companies.

We are members of the Association of Quality Checkers and our Lead Director is on their Board as a Non-Executive Director.

Sara Danby, Lead Director for The Quality Company said: “As the Lead Director at The Quality Company I have a very varied and exciting role which makes choosing what I enjoy most about my role a challenge!

I have the pleasure of working with a diverse team of people who are passionate about the work we do for The Quality Company. I also get to share the great work we do and the added value of peer led quality checking with other people across the sector.

I feel privileged to play my part in ensuring people have a voice about the support they receive.

Within my role I also have the ability to work with others to share the importance of paid employment for adults with a learning disability and the great diversities and experiences they can bring to teams and organisations.”

Our staff have lived experience of a learning disability and are employed in paid roles, with the support of a Quality Supporter, across the UK.

Tom, Quality Assessor said: “I find being a Quality Assessor very interesting, helping someone else and meeting people who have different types of disabilities.

I like to help make a difference to people in a similar position to me.

I have enjoyed seeing different types of support; supported living, day and community support.

I like talking to people, putting people at ease and having a little ‘banter’.

My confidence and knowledge has grown whilst working for The Quality Company through team learning, 1:1 learning and being part of a team.”

Harry, Admin Assistant said: “I joined Thera Trust on a work experience placement to learn about working in an office and develop my confidence in speaking to people, as I have autism. Five years on, I am now employed by Thera. I love my job and have developed enough confidence to take on a volunteering placement outside of work as well.”

Sarah, PA to Lead Director for The Quality Company, said: “I have been with The Quality Company since it was founded and I enjoy being a part of the process of making a difference in people’s lives. I have a real enthusiasm for helping to make our relatively small Company great, both in terms of the professional paperwork and reports we produce and the importance of providing real, paid employment to people with a learning disability and helping them to be more independent in their lives.

I love working with a great team of people, who are passionate about finding out what people think of their support.”

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