About Us

McSence Training Services was opened in 2010 by John Swinney, Minister for Finance and Sustainable Development.

The first training programme was a collaboration between McSence, Midlothian Training Services and Newbattle Community High School. This 26-week programme was the first of many courses to be developed and delivered by our team of trainers.

As well as our listed courses, we can provide bespoke programmes tailored to your specific needs. Training can be provided at the McSence Conference Centre, or at your premises, with the flexibility to conduct sessions in the evenings and at weekends. Course duration will vary according to the requirements of the awarding body and can be from 2 hours, ½ day, 1 day to programmes which run over several months.

Our Trainers

Caroline Meagher

Following a career in the military and security, Caroline worked her way up from support worker to Care Manager in the Health and Social Care sector. Adding to her experience as a recruit instructor, she undertook training and assessment qualifications and began a career as a learning & development practitioner.

She has considerable experience as a care practitioner and manager and this informs her training, ensuring that it is relevant to her target audience. She is a qualified IV, assessor, manual handling, epilepsy and first aid instructor; holding the relevant approval and qualifications to run these courses.

Caroline is adept at designing courses to meet a specific brief and skilled at delivering to a wide range of learners, from schoolchildren to professionals. She has a considerable portfolio of courses that she can deliver. If she is unable to, she will know someone who can.

In the last year, Caroline has delivered over 150 courses; in subjects as diverse as professional boundaries, infection control, manual handling, first aid, managing challenging behaviour, equality and diversity, dementia awareness and supervision skills.

Kelly Ireland

After leaving school, Kelly worked in a residential care home for 2 years, followed by 3 years in a supported living environment for adults with learning disabilities. For the next 5 years, she worked with 40 people with dementia in a Specialist Dementia Care Home.

Kelly worked as a Care Assistant, Care Worker, Senior Care Worker, Deputy Manager and Service Manager, before joining McSence Training Services in February 2017 as a full time Trainer and Assessor.

Training and development has always been a passion for Kelly. She embraced every opportunity to take less experienced colleagues under her wing and pass on her knowledge and skills.

She attained SVQ Levels 3 and 4 in Social Services and Health Care, PDA Dementia and Medication, SVQ Management, Assessors Award and Moving and Handling Trainer.

Kelly now runs 4 core courses at McSence:

  • Client and Object Handling
  • Adult Support and Protection
  • Safe Administration of Medication
  • Informed Dementia

She is also currently assessing 26 McSence Care staff, by supporting their learning and development so that they can achieve their SVQ Levels 2 and 3.