CQC overall rating GOOD

Meet the team

Our team has experience in offering companionship, dementia and palliative care across Berkshire and in the Henley and Wallingford areas.

As a team our philosophy is that everyone has the capacity to promote rather than undermine an individuals self-respect and feel its our privilege to make a positive difference by developing our unique client lead business model.

Melanie Meads, Founder

Melanie qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1986 and went on to specialise in general intensive care, and Paediatric and adult cardiac care.

She has 15 years nursing experience culminating in a senior management role, responsible for an international team of medical personnel and the delivery of excellent care under challenging circumstances.

Following a natural break in her career to raise her 3 children Melanie has started a new venture that taps into her broad skill base, in an area close to her heart.

Listen to Melanie speaking about dementia and Parkinson’s disease care here

Paula Readings, Care Manager

Paula Readings is the Registered Care Manager at Q1Care Ltd and has 15 years experience in the care industry. Paula has completed her NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care, her NVQ Level 4 and Registered Managers Award in Care. She has a City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Learning Disabilities and has completed many relevant courses including Dementia Care and Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults.

Paula’s role is varied! She deals day to day with clients and families as well as other Health Care professionals and supports the learning and development of the Q1Care team.¬†Paula is compassionate and understanding and is highly sensitive to the needs of others – she is passionate about her work and it shows!

Our team of carers deliver the highest quality of care and companionship to vulnerable people enabling them to continue living independently at home and within the community.

We treat our clients with dignity, privacy and respect.

We support and value our staff through continuous training and personal development.


“I’ve watched Q1Care grow from a good idea into a great service. Providing thoughtful care and companionship, treating people like individuals and walking with families through difficult days is a skill. It takes knowledge and understanding, patience and expertise, compassion and talent. Q1Care have it all. Their success is based on trust and empathy, reliability and knowledge. I have been priveleged to see, first-hand, the care and attention that has gone into planning and delivering services in this very intimate and sensitive sector of the care market. Well done.”

Roy Lilley, NHS expert commentator, writer & broadcaster 2014