Inter-County is a privately owned care agency with branches in Chichester, Worthing and Christchurch. Since 2002, we have been providing home care to the local community where we have gained a reputation for being professional, friendly and flexible. Our branch managers have a wealth of experience in the healthcare sector and, with the support of their teams, are able to provide a high quality care service.
Meet the Team
Mrs Gill Wicks, RGN
– Registered Manager
Gill qualified as a trained nurse in 1979. She has extensive nursing experience, initially within the NHS and Care Homes and latterly in domiciliary care. Gill is particularly interested in the care of older people and the development of person centred care for people affected by dementia. Continuing her interest in care, Gill has undertaken numerous professional courses including two modules 'Frameworks for effective practice with adults' and 'Good practice in working with older people and carers' which are part of the Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies at Chichester University. In 2011 she gained the Leadership and Management in Care qualification. By continuing to update her skills and knowledge Gill is able to ensure that she offers the best possible service to all client, carers and families.
Susan Brigstock, Bsc – Registered Manager
Susan has worked in the Health & Social Care Sector for over 15 years, during which time she has gained a broad range of knowledge and expertise through her work both in the private sector and charity organisations. Susan’s experience has very much been
community based, with a focus on supporting people in a variety of settings including older people and adults with autism. Susan contributed to the development of a healthy living centre within the local health service, which involved supporting adults to
empower them to develop life skills.
Susan is qualified to degree level and in 2015 completed her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care. Susan joined Inter-County as Registered Manager of the Chichester branch in March 2015, bringing with her a wealth of experience and skills; including her ability to maintain excellent working relationships with clients, families and other professionals whilst providing a quality service at all times.
Claire Jackson, BA Hons – Registered Manager
Claire has worked in the Health Care sector for over 22 years, in a variety of settings. Her experience includes working with older people, supporting adults with learning disabilities in the community and Auxiliary Nursing within a hospital setting. She has also held the position of Care Manager for a large Care Provider in Dorset and Deputy Manager for Poole Borough Council Supported Living Service. Qualified to degree level, Claire has continued with her professional development - in 2009 she gained her NVQ level 3 in Health and Social Care and in 2013 she achieved her Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management. Claire joined Inter-County as Registered Manager of the Christchurch branch in November 2012, bringing with her a wealth of training and experience to support her team in providing a reliable and quality service.
Miss Caroline Hempstead – Managing Director
Caroline's involvement with the care sector started from a very early age, as she and her five sisters grew up in one of the four nursing homes owned by her parents. Caroline started her working life in a variety of care settings for over ten years, before changing her career path to step into the world of retail. She joined a London based menswear company where she became a Senior Area Manager for London and the South East. During her eight years in retail, she developed her management and business skills but realised that she missed the rewards that came from working in the care sector. She became Regional Manager for a Doctors Deputising Service providing out of hours cover to GP Practices in North London. After five years she was offered an Area Manager position in the Nursing & Care Agency division of the same company and it was in this role that she knew her skills and background could be put to good use. She was keen to set up her own company to develop her passion for quality care and in 2001 launched Inter-County Nursing & Care Services Ltd.
Mr Martin Cox
– Finance Director
Martin’s career in finance spans over 40 years giving him a broad range of skills and expertise in both finance, accounting and payroll. Martin is a Chartered Company Secretary (FCIS) and has worked in a number of senior positions within the retail sector, including Asprey PLC, Faith Shoes and the luxury retail brand Harrys of London in Mayfair.
Martin joined Inter-County in September 2015 as Finance Director and is responsible for all financial aspects of the company. He is supported by a small team of staff, who together provide a reliable and quality service to both our clients and staff.
Margaret Stratford, RGN – Quality Assurance Manager
Since qualifying as an RGN in 1989, Margaret has developed an extensive range of skills through her work in a variety of healthcare settings. As a qualified nurse her previous job roles have included working in a Private Hospital, Nursing Homes, NHS surgical and medical wards, and St Wilfrids Hospice. Margaret joined the company in 2005, during which time she has supported the Chichester branch in a number of roles including Recruitment & Training, Nurse Manager and most recently held the position of Registered Manager within the branch. Margaret is passionate about quality in care, and in April 2015 she took on a new position within the company as Quality Assurance Manager. Her skills and experience means that she is best placed to review and assess the standard of services provided and advise accordingly.