Our team at
Davers Court

Trusted to care in
Bury St Edmunds

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Meet our friendly care team

Team Davers is pretty impressive: our people regularly win awards for their fantastic work and commitment. We’re a supportive group of people who love what we do, and who want to make every day fantastic for our residents. If you’d like to find out more about us, take a look at our short biographies.

Sally Shadbolt

Home Manager

Sally Shadbolt

My first job was in a convalescent home and I then went on to work in a nursing home before training as a nurse at West Suffolk Hospital, where I worked for 14 years.

I’m passionate about providing the highest standards of care and recruiting a team of people who care deeply about the job they do. During my career some special people have inspired me and given me opportunities to learn and progress. I cherish the fact that I have been able to do the same for others.

No two days are the same at Davers Court. We strive to enable each resident to fulfil their dreams no matter how small or large these may be. Every person is precious and should be supported to live a full life to the end. It’s a great feeling to leave the home at the end of the day knowing that you’ve helped to do this.

Sophie Evans
Deputy Manager
I started off in the care sector in 2009 working as a care assistant.

I started off in the care sector in 2009 working as a care assistant. Before long I was a deputy manager in a private care home. I joined Care UK in 2016. I’m passionate about working with the team to make Davers Court the very best it can be. Our residents are happy and well cared for;  I love it when one of them wants to tell me about something they’ve enjoyed doing that day, because if they’re happy, we’re happy.

Chantal Sencier
Customer Relations Manager
'I joined Care UK in 2016, following 15 years in the charity sector where I was able to make a huge difference to disadvantaged people through fundraising.

 

I joined Care UK in 2016, following 15 years in the charity sector where I was able to make a huge difference to disadvantaged people through fundraising. It has always been a passion of mine to support people and I am really pleased to be able to build relationships with the staff, residents, friends and family at our home in Bury St Edmunds.

A favourite part of my day here is meal times, when staff and residents get together, enjoy a meal and share stories. I am looking forward to being a large part of the transition for new residents to Davers Court and making them feel welcome and part of the family.

Edward Benton-Bye
Residential Lead
I started working at Davers Court in 2017 after a member of my family recommended working in the care sector.

I started working at Davers Court in 2017 after a member of my family recommended working in the care sector. Before I worked here, I was a professional dancer.

To do well in this role you need to be a compassionate, caring person. Not only for the residents that live in the home but all the staff that work here, the relatives of our residents and multidisciplinary teams. You also need to have incredible leadership qualities whilst being supportive and educating.

I have worked with our residents for over four years now, so I really look forward to continuing to ensure they all live a fulfilling lifestyle. I also pride myself in coaching all staff to provide the best level of care possible.

I have many highlights of my career so far, but I’m most proud of Davers Court achieving outstanding in the five areas in our last CQC inspection.

Outside of work I still enjoy dance, performance, makeup artistry and anything creative. If the weather is nice, you may find me in a garden with a glass of wine or enjoying the sunshine with my loved ones.

Debbie Moran
Head Chef
I have an extensive background in catering but I fancied a change and a new challenge within the care sector.

I have an extensive background in catering but I fancied a change and a new challenge within the care sector. I wanted a job that made a difference so in 2018 I became the head chef at Davers Court. The home has such a welcoming atmosphere, we’re like a family here and it is a pleasure to cook for the residents.

A head chef needs to have flare, enthusiasm and good communication. I have an excellent team in the kitchen and together we produce tasty and balanced meals. My favourite part of the day is when I get to see the residents enjoying their meals. I appreciate hearing their feedback and always look for ways to improve what we produce. When I’m not at work I like to unwind by spending time with my family and friends.

Cathy Chapman
Receptionist
I’ve been part of the Davers Court team for several years now, and I was a hospital play specialist before I joined the team.

I’ve been part of the Davers Court team for several years now, and I was a hospital play specialist before I joined the team. While this can be a very busy role, I always try to make time each day to spend with the residents. It’s the people – the residents and the team – that make Davers Court so special.

I think it’s important to be able to juggle many different tasks in this role, particularly when the phone’s ringing, a colleague is asking for something, a resident fancies a chat, and we have visitors at the door! Counselling and listening skills are also very useful as I’m often the first point of contact for people who are looking for care for a loved one, and they can be under huge pressure.

We have regular ‘Going the Extra Mile’ awards in the home to recognise colleagues who are doing great things, and it was a huge highlight when I was nominated. However, I have to say that supporting the lovely residents and my great teammates is its own reward.

In my free time I enjoy listening to live music, keeping my garden under control, playing with my grandchildren and indulging in a bit of mint-flavoured chocolate (my absolute favourite!).

Tracey Burnett
Lifestyle Coordinator
I’d always wanted to work in care and was thrilled to be promoted to the lifestyle team at Davers Court.

I’d always wanted to work in care and was thrilled to be promoted to the lifestyle team at Davers Court. I love being able to spend quality time with the residents, listening to them and making them smile.

To be good in this role you need to be caring, understanding and patient. Every day at work I am rewarded for my hard work by seeing the joy on the resident’s faces. When I’m not at work I like to unwind by spending time with my grandchildren.

Martin Pattison
Maintenance
I started working at Davers Court in 2019 as I was looking for a new challenge and a career change.

I started working at Davers Court in 2019 as I was looking for a new challenge and a career change. Previously I worked in a Carpetright warehouse as a driver and within the office.

To be successful in this role I believe you need to be flexible and have a good attitude. We have a great team here and it is a pleasure to work with such lovely people. The home has a calm and relaxed atmosphere and every day I’m here I learn something new.

I enjoy my job as I get to help improve the daily lives of others and my favourite part is seeing everyone smiling.

When I’m not working, I enjoy gardening, walking and watching sports.

James Barrett
Care Assistant and Infection Prevention and Control Champion
Infection prevention and control (IPC) has always been important at Davers Court, and, with the pandemic, it has become even more so.

Infection prevention and control (IPC) has always been important at Davers Court, and, with the pandemic, it has become even more so. I work to high standards and share the latest learning and policies with my colleagues so that they are implemented across the home. I support colleagues by training them and answering their day-to-day questions. I also support managers with IPC audits.

I think attention to detail is vital in this role. You need to have an in-depth knowledge of policies, procedures, ways of working, ‘how to’ guides and government guidelines. It’s important to remain curious and to question.

I enjoy seeing the residents happy, even if it’s just as a result of having a chat with them, and making them feel valued and special. I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and great-grandparents when I was growing up. I saw the positive impact that activities and social interaction had for older people, so when I joined Care UK, I wanted to bring those benefits to the residents to ensure they live fulfilling lives.

Kimberley Green
Head Housekeeper
I started working at Davers Court in 2019, starting as a domestic.

I started working at Davers Court in 2019, starting as a domestic. I wanted to work here as I love to help and care for others and I wanted to make a difference to people’s lives.

In my role you need to have sensitivity, patience and understanding and good time keeping. It can get very busy on domestic, so we must manage our time well and communicate together as a team.

My favourite part of my day is seeing a lovely clean home and the residents smiling.

My biggest career highlight was being promoted to head housekeeper, it was a big achievement for me, and I am really enjoying working with my team to keep the home clean, bright, fresh and sparkling.

Outside of work I enjoy getting outside for days at the beach and to the zoo. I unwind by watching films and relaxing with my rabbit Binky and three guineapigs, Ernie, Wilbur, and Gus. 

Noella
Love Hound and Hoover
I'm an English Pointer cross and I was born in Cyprus.

I’m an English Pointer cross and I was born in Cyprus. But things didn’t go well for me there and I lost the sight in one of my eyes. Happily, that’s all behind me now as I’ve found my forever home here in Suffolk. I get lots of treats, everyone wants to play with me or have a cuddle, I go for walks with the residents and for little outings in the car, and I have beds all over the home. I also enjoy sharing the home with our resident dog, Princess.

I love it when nursery and school children come to visit, and my favourite part of the day is when everyone arrives to work in the morning. It’s like being a rock star because they all want to say hello to me. I get so excited that I sometimes need to have a little lie down afterwards.

Princess
Canine Relations Manager
I’m an ex-racing greyhound from Ireland and I was living at Woodgreen Animal Centre in Godmanchester when the residents at Davers Court came in to look for a dog to rehome.

I’m an ex-racing greyhound from Ireland and I was living at Woodgreen Animal Centre in Godmanchester when the residents at Davers Court came in to look for a dog to rehome. Their search was even filmed for a Channel 4 programme. 

I was shy at first when I met everyone, but I soon warmed up when the dog treats came out! My first weeks at Davers Court were quite dramatic and included a suspected snake bite. I’ve also been diagnosed with epilepsy. However, everything’s okay now: a couple of tablets a day keeps the vet away!

I enjoy my daily walks with colleagues and residents, and I often go out with residents and their families when they visit. I’ve even been for sleepovers with a resident’s family member who misses having a dog of their own. Sharing my love is the least I can do for everyone now they’ve given me a forever home at Davers Court.

Our experienced teams

Every day Care UK colleagues live our values of passionate, caring and teamwork to empower residents to enjoy fulfilling lives.

Carers

Our hardworking teams always keep residents 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. 

Nurses

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.

Lifestyle

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.

Home support roles

From catering to maintenance, housekeeping to administration, our home support teams play a crucial part in ensuring residents enjoy an exceptional and safe service every day.


All our teams get to know residents to ensure they provide a service that’s designed around their unique needs and tastes. 

Infection control

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.