Trusted to care in Weymouth, Dorset
It is the people who make our home a truly happy and caring one. At Anning House, our experienced team of dedicated professionals all undergo our own in-depth training programme. The whole team works to make sure that residents' needs are at the heart of everything they do and that personalised care is provided.
I started working here in August 2013 I was employed first as one of the reception team and was then promoted to Administration Manager in January 2019.
I am responsible for the recruitment of all team members, payroll, finance support, billing, and all aspects of administration. I have a team that work below me which includes three receptionists. I love helping people and think the little things make a big difference. It is a pleasure to work with the team here.
I decided I wanted a change from working in financial services, having worked in that sector for many years.
I also wanted a career where I could continue to work with and help people, and the opportunity with Care UK was the perfect fit.
I always like the very first few minutes of every working day, opening emails and wondering what challenges the day will bring. To be good in this role you need to be able to listen to and understand people; what they like and dislike, and what drives them as people. To understand people is to be able to help them.
Outside of work I am a keen rugby supporter - I gave up playing following injury a few years ago but do try to get to a few games every season. I am also running the London Marathon so most of my spare time has been training for that.
I’ve had a varied career, having previously a Weapon Systems Engineer for HMS Submarines for 16 years.
When I was working as an engineer I volunteered to take adults with learning difficulties to Adult Education evening classes. I absolutely loved it and realized that I have a lot of patience and am a real ‘people person’.
I also enjoy crafts, am very empathetic and easily relate to a variety of people. I had been made redundant so I had the opportunity to do something different. The home had a recruitment open day so I popped along, had an interview, and got the job! The role is physically and emotionally challenging but I love it and I’m very proud to be leading activities at Anning House.
My favourite part of my role is interacting with residents, and I was also chosen to be our home’s Dementia Care Champion and Trainer.
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.