Richard Lawson, home manager
My entire career has been about people and enhancing their lives, from working in hospitality, media and entertainment, to many years working in health and social care. I’m passionate about delivering quality care to older people and I joined Care UK because it is clearly committed to delivering the best care to residents. I wanted to work in a place where the people – and the company as a whole – shared my ethos and values.
I’m an experienced home manager and have also experienced what it’s like to look for a care home for a loved one who is living with dementia. I look upon every day as a chance to make a difference to the lives of residents and their families, and I’m determined that Cavell Court will be the best care home in the county!
When I’m not at work I like walking my dog in the country. I’m also a music, football and theatre fan, and I enjoy heading to the coast as often as I can.
Sofia Pereira, deputy manager
I finished my nursing degree in Portugal, where I then worked for almost a year in Continuing Healthcare. After this, I decided that I wanted to discover new countries, new cultures and meet new people, so I moved to the UK to work as a nurse. I joined Care UK because I wanted to be part of a care home that provides a high level of care to residents. Care UK places residents at the heart of everything they do and this matches my own ideas about care.
I believe someone in this role should be able to communicate effectively with their colleagues and have great empathy for others. Working as a team is crucial to achieving a high level of care within the home.
I really enjoy spending time with residents and getting to know them as individuals. I think it is really important to involve residents’ friends and families in their daily care, so I make it my goal to get to know the families too. I am most looking forward to meeting new residents and providing the best care at all times. I believe that together we can make a difference.
Sam Woods, customer relations manager
I joined Care UK in 2014, as I wanted to work for an organisation that lives by its values and puts people, both residents and employees, at the heart of everything they do.
I think it’s important to be a good listener in this role, never make assumptions and ask the right questions, in order to understand what people are looking for in a care home. I really enjoy meeting new residents and welcoming them into our beautiful care home. My favourite part of the day is getting to know each resident and learning about their life experiences.
At Cavell Court, I’m keen to dispel the myths and misconceptions that many people still have about care homes, and to let people see for themselves the expertise of our team, the high standards we all adhere to and the quality of activity based care that we provide. Our aim is to promote independence and support residents to lead happy and fulfilled lives.
Thomas Barnes, head chef
I’ve worked in many different types of kitchens – before joining Care UK I worked as a second chef in a kitchen that cooked over 3,000 meals a day. I moved to Cavell Court because I wanted to make a difference to other people while working for a company that values its staff.
I’m very quality-focused and I’m proud that I’ve enhanced the catering here at Cavell Court. There are some amazing things we can do now to create delicious meals that people with all sorts of dietary requirements can enjoy. My highlight so far has been creating a pureed meal for a new resident who hadn’t eaten a meal for a year. She ate all of the meal and enjoyed it.