Trusted to care in Purley, Surrey
Managers, carers, nurses, chefs, maintenance people, administrators and housekeepers – it takes a large team of dedicated, hardworking people to keep our Purley care home running smoothly. Explore these pages to meet our team.
I was a practice nurse before I joined the Amberley Lodge team.
I always enjoyed working with older people and I was keen to built longer relationships with the people I cared for.
I enjoy getting to know residents well and planning long term care interventions. Seeing them improving physically and mentally and gaining more quality of life thanks to my input is wonderful. There are so many parts to my role that I enjoy: coaching and supporting my team and empowering them to do their best work; spending quality time with the residents; and providing clinical care. It makes mine a varied, challenging and highly rewarding job!
I’m proud of the way we have actively enhanced our approach to palliative care at the home, so we can provide lovely outcomes for people in their final days. Our work was even nominated for a national award. This determination to continually improve the care we provide is at the heart of everything we do. We’re always looking at new ways we can improve residents’ quality of life.
I started working for Care UK in January 1999.
I’d always wanted to work in care and it was a great organisation to work for. I’ve been here a long time but I’m always learning something new, which I love. Care UK provides superb training and development, and I’ve done various qualifications.
I love interacting with residents, whether it’s in the morning or afternoon. Seeing them smiling and laughing is amazing and is the reason why I love my job. To be good in this role, you need a genuine passion for great care, for supporting people to live their best life and to be prepared to adapt and try something new.
We’re like one big family at Amberley Lodge – some of us have worked here for twenty years. We’re all committed to the residents and to supporting each other.
When I decided that I wanted a career helping others, I applied to Care UK because it is one of the leading care providers in the country.
I joined as a Care Assistant. Before this I’d been a volunteer at a cancer support centre and at a local school while I was bringing up my daughters.
It was a highlight to make the move into this Business Administrator role. There’s lots to get my teeth into, but there’s nothing better than spending time with residents or colleagues working out how we can make each day wonderful for everyone. The residents and their stories always make me smile.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my daughters, and being outdoors walking or running. I’ve even completed the Brighton half marathon!
I’ve been working for Care UK for over twenty years but I still get so much out of my role and working at Amberley Lodge!
I began as a Care Assistant and have worked my way up, taking advantage of all the great training and development that the organisation offers.
In my role it’s important to be a good listener and team player with great communication skills. You need to understand residents’ and families’ needs so you can work to meet and exceed them. Being organised and resilient is also key.
The best part of any day is the time I get to spend with residents one-to-one. You can see the huge difference you can make to a person’s day, which is hugely rewarding.
I’m a Registered Nurse and I joined Care UK in late 2001 because it’s got such a great reputation.
I wanted to make a difference to people’s lives and work in a place where I’d be supported to learn and develop.
One of the best aspects of my job is being able to support residents to live a happy and fulfilled life. Every day brings its own challenges and complexities, but I love the variety and working alongside such a great team who all have the best interests of the residents at heart.
I’m proud of having worked my way from being a Care Assistant to a Nurse Practitioner and now a Unit Manager. It was also amazing to be nominated for Nurse of the Year a few years ago. As a team we’ve also gained some fantastic achievements and have so much to be proud of, including our ‘outstanding’ rating from the CQC and platinum status for our end of life care.
Before I joined Care UK I was a support worker in a sheltered housing complex, but I did a placement at Amberley Lodge as part of the study for my Health and Social Care qualifications, so I was keen to return at some point.
I joined the team in late 2005.
I think if you love your job, everything else will fall into place. I’m passionate about caring for other people, and I take pride in being reliable, committed and patient. I always feel a sense of achievement at the end of a shift when I know I’ve had a positive impact on a person’s day. I look forward to seeing residents each day, and particularly when I’ve had a day off – I wonder what they’ve been up to and how they are.
So many of my colleagues at Amberley Lodge have become good friends. In fact, I now can’t imagine working without them.
I joined Care UK and the team at Amberley Lodge in late 2021.
I moved from a retail warehouse role and was keen to be part of a strong company that was doing great things. Care UK is a great company to work for, where I can build my career while doing a worthwhile role.
I like all aspects of my role. It’s extremely varied, so you never know what each day will bring. Having a positive attitude is all-important, particularly if you’re supporting people who are living with dementia. I’ll chat to residents because it’s little things like that which can make all the difference to them. There’s an excellent team here at Amberley Lodge, and I’m proud to be a part of it. It’s one of the best things about my role. When we work together it brings up new ideas and ways of working that can make each day better for everyone.
Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.
Our hardworking teams always keep individuals and their families at the heart of the care they provide. We work with you to shape the care your loved one receives, the food they’re served, the activities and experiences they want to do – even the ways they prefer to keep in touch with their friends and family.
The nurses at Care UK are highly skilled and receive sector-leading training, which enables them to keep developing expertise in different clinical fields from dementia to palliative care.
Our dedicated lifestyle teams work hard to organise a range of activities and events at our home. From gardening and baking to quizzes, music sessions and even live entertainment. Above all, we get to know your loved one to make sure our activities are tailored to suit their interests and hobbies.
From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring individuals enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.
All our teams get to know each person they care for to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes.
Each of our homes have a trained Infection Control and Prevention Champion – they are responsible for carrying out daily infection control audit and ensuring cleaning protocols are meticulously applied.