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Bickerton House Care Home in Bracknell, Berkshire

0330 058 3241

Care enquiry lines open Mon-Fri 8.30am-8.00pm
Sat & Sun 8.30am-6.00pm

0330 058 3241

Care enquiry lines open Mon-Fri 8.30am-8.00pm
Sat & Sun 8.30am-6.00pm

0330 058 3241

Care enquiry lines open Mon-Fri 8.30am-8.00pm
Sat & Sun 8.30am-6.00pm

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Erika Smith - Home Manager - Care UK

Erika Smith

Home Manager

I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1994 and I have 25 years of nursing experience. I decided to work at Care UK because I was very drawn to its ethos of ‘Fulfilling lives’. I visited different Care UK homes before I started working for the organisation, and you could really see and feel this philosophy. I got a genuine sense of the quality of care that Care UK delivers. 

I enjoy any chance I get to spend time one-to-one with a resident, learning about their life and some new detail. It’s a great way of developing their trust in you, and it ensures that we’re delivering person-centred care that’s tailored to their interests and needs. 

I started as home manager at Bickerton House in February 2019, so there’s plenty to look forward to in this role, from recruiting a great team, to creating a homely, stimulating and happy home environment for residents. I can’t wait to start welcoming new residents to the home and the next chapter of their life when we open our doors in early 2020. 

Sarika Kunwar - Deputy Home Manager and Infection Prevention and Control Champion - Care UK

Sarika Kunwar

Deputy Home Manager and Infection Prevention and Control Champion

I’m delighted to be a part of Care UK and the Bickerton House team, which I joined in 2019. I’m a registered nurse, and before working here, I was a Clinical Lead/Nurse Manager in hospitals. I’d also worked for 18 months as a Deputy Manager in another care home. But I wanted to join Care UK because it’s the leading care provider in this country.

My favourite part of my job here is meeting residents and helping to fulfil their needs. We’re a strong team at Bickerton House and we’re passionate about fulfilling residents’ lives in what is their home. I’m enjoying developing strong personal relationships with my colleagues, with residents and with their families.

I'm also the Infection Prevention & Control (IPC) Champion. My role is vital to ensuring that colleagues at Bickerton House maintain a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness as this is fundamental to keeping residents, colleagues and visitors safe.

In my free time I enjoy cooking, gardening, spending time with my family and travelling whenever I can.

Noelia Villafaňe Alvarez - Business Administrator - Care UK

Noelia Villafaňe Alvarez

Business Administrator

I joined the Bickerton House team in 2019, having worked for another care provider as the Business Manager of a Wokingham care home. I was keen to move my career to Care UK because it’s a good company, known for taking care of residents and colleagues.

It’s very exciting to be part of a new team, getting to know the residents and the systems used by Care UK. There’s a lot to do. I’ve run my own business tutoring people in Spanish, so I like a challenge!

It’s important to be customer focused, organised, patient and methodical in this role. I get a buzz out of organising and completing tasks, and supporting residents and my colleagues in any way I can. I look forward to seeing you at Bickerton House!

Robert Whitehead - Head Chef - Care UK

Robert Whitehead

Head Chef

I joined the Bickerton House team in 2019 – keen to work in a new sort of catering environment that offered some fresh challenges. I was a senior sous chef before, and I’ve worked for Heston Blumenthal at the Hinds Head in Bray.

In this role it’s important to be receptive to residents’ needs, and to respond quickly to feedback and make any changes to a person’s diet in liaison with the nursing team. Much like in a leading hotel or restaurant, presentation is everything at Bickerton House, and one of the best parts of the day is setting up the café in the morning. There’s a great selection of delicious food on display, ready for residents and their visitors to enjoy.

I’m enjoying getting to know the residents, their families and my colleagues, and making sure that my team and I are always serving up delicious and nutritious dishes that residents love.

Michele Whittaker - Head Housekeeper - Care UK

Michele Whittaker

Head Housekeeper

I spent 25 years working in catering in Kitchen Assistant and then Hospitality Manager roles before moving to Bickerton House as Head Housekeeper in 2019. It was time for a change and a new challenge. There’s been a lot to get to grips with – tackling computer systems – but I’ve got there in the end!

I enjoy being busy, and there’s always plenty going on at Bickerton House. I enjoy chatting to residents and the families and getting to know their preferences and what’s important to them, and I’m looking forward to getting to know new residents as they join us.

This is residents’ home, so we strive to ensure everything is as they would want it. Being friendly, patient and polite is all-important in helping people to settle and forming a bond with them. Having a good eye for detail is key too, because it’s the details that matter.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy walking my dogs, and I like to read and cook, particularly trying out new recipes.

Byron Brown


As well as good maintenance skills, in this role you need to be caring, patient, adaptable and thorough. It’s helpful if you’re as good on a computer and with paperwork as you are with a toolkit! I’m very focused on health and safety so that any areas I’m working in are safe for residents, colleagues and visitors.

Bickerton House is a fantastic place to work as it’s so smart, clean and modern, with a great design. I enjoy coming to work here and seeing colleagues and residents. We all work as a great team and I do my bit – finding any way I can to brighten their day and make their jobs easier.

I’ve got quite varied interests, from music and meditation to nature, sport and astronomy, so I have no problems filling my spare time!

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