‘People who use social care services have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, to be safe and to receive good quality care. To do this we recruit only the most compassionate, skilled and dedicated people to join our team.’


Sun Healthcare has over 400 employees, all of whom share the same ideal – to support people to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives. Our staff are led by an experienced and committed management team.


Alan Tolan

Alan leads Sun Healthcare’s specialist support and care services and is responsible for the operations of the company. He is a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and has over 25 years’ experience in nursing and management.

Alan Tolan
Operations Director

Tel: 01226 323 670

Steven Garside

Steven has extensive experience in finance and HR, plus as an advocate and employment law advisor.

Steven Garside
Financial and HR Director

Tel: 01226 323 670


Keith Bush

Keith is a Registered Learning Disability Nurse with over 25 years’ experience supporting people with acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental health needs (including forensic), dementia, personality disorders and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Keith is the manager of Havenfield Lodge in Barnsley, our nursing and residential service for adults with mental health needs, learning or physical disabilities.

Keith Bush
Manager, Havenfield Lodge (Barnsley)

Tel: 01226 753 111


Michelle Haddock
Manager, St Margaret’s (Grimsby)

Tel: 01472 241 780

Rachel Bradford

Rachel has over 20 years’ experience within supported living services, she has the Level 4 registered manager (adults) qualification and is working towards QCF level 5. Rachel has a passion for developing services and teams to enable positive outcomes for each and every individual. Rachel is the manager of Jubilee Court in Sutton-in-Ashfield, our residential care home for adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and mental health needs.

Rachel Bradford
Manager, Jubilee Court (Sutton-in-Ashfield)

Tel: 01623 212 090

Emma Birch

Emma has over 20 years' experience in health and social care and has a Level 5 qualification in leadership and management. Over her career, Emma has supported individuals with mental health, learning disability, addiction, and the elderly and complex nursing care. Emma is the manager of Shaftsbury House in Barnsley, supporting individuals with complex health and physical needs, learning disabilities, dementia, and mental health. Emma's passion is to ensure that individuals live the best life they can achieving positive outcomes.

Emma Birch
Manager, Shaftsbury House (Barnsley)

Tel: 01226 786 611


Trish Snowden

Trish has worked in mental health care for 30 years and has a Level 5 Diploma. With much of her career spent working at Tapton Grove, Trish loves empowering people and enabling them to reach their full potential. Trish is the manager of Tapton Grove, our Chesterfield-based specialist mental health service.

Trish Snowden

Manager, Tapton Grove (Chesterfield)

Tel: 01246 274 178


Justine Pearce

Justine has over 28 years’ experience in health and social care; managing residential, criminal justice and forensic community and trauma informed services, supporting people with mental health, learning disabilities and complex needs. Justine is the manager of our supported living, community support and domiciliary services across Yorkshire and northern England.

Justine Pearce
Manager, Supported Living Services

Tel: 01226 323 670


Vicky Day (16.06.22)

Vicky has worked in the health and social care sector for over 30 years in a variety of management and training roles. She is a qualified trainer and assessor and believes that her experience in supporting people with learning disabilities, autism and complex needs has helped her to deliver training effectively. Vicky leads the training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) of our workforce and is responsible for our quality assurance programme.

Vicky Day
Training & Quality Assurance Manager

Tel: 01226 232 670


Staff at Sun Healthcare are supported to gain appropriate qualifications, training and development to enable them to provide a high-quality service. We follow advice from the Care Quality Commission, Skills for Care, Social Care Information Service and the Social Care Institute for Excellence to identify best practices in training and development for our employees.


All new staff receive a planned induction programme, which is tailored to meet the needs of the people they will be supporting. The induction takes places over a three-month period, where they can also shadow other staff to help build their confidence. We help all new employees to gain the Care Certificate, which is the national qualification for people working in health and social care.


All staff at Sun Healthcare receive extensive mandatory training on areas such as equality and diversity, dignity, attitudes and values, and safeguarding. On an ongoing basis staff receive training and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) that is specific to their requirements, and we also provide training that is tailored to the needs of the people they are supporting.


Employees are encouraged and assisted to progress their careers through apprenticeships, vocational qualifications and accredited training courses. Our minimum qualifications are:

– Support staff will have already achieved their Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care, or are expected to work towards it within the first 18 months of their employment
– Senior support workers will have at least a Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care
– Managers will have a professional social care qualification and a Level 5 Diploma in Health and Social Care.