Trusted to care in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
The dedicated and experienced team at Heathlands House will provide your loved one with care that’s completely tailored to their individual needs and wishes.
I’m a Registered Nurse and have worked as a Deputy Manager for another care provider.
When I was looking for a new challenge, I heard amazing things about Care UK, so I investigated more, and here I am! Heathlands House is a stunning care home and we’ve got an amazing team here. I’m so pleased to be part of this team, which really feels like one big family.
I enjoy all aspects of my role as Deputy Manager at Heathlands House. Highlights include my walkarounds when I can find out how my colleagues and wonderful residents are. I also enjoy liaising with relatives and building relationships with the loved ones of new residents who join us.
Looking ahead, I’m excited about working alongside our fantastic Heathlands House team to continue to deliver outstanding care to residents and their loved ones.
Away from work, I enjoy fishing, walking, and getting stuck into DIY projects!
I first joined Care UK in 1997 and after developing my skills within the care industry I’m looking forward to re-joining the company to lead the kitchen team here at Heathlands House.
I’m also pleased to be working with Sharlene Van Tonder, the Home Manager once again.
Throughout my career, I have developed my skills with City and Guilds training. So far, my biggest career highlight to date has been winning the award of chef of the year at my previous care home.
There’s no part of my working day I don’t enjoy – I especially love creating new dishes and trialling different ingredients. Working as a Head Chef you need to be passionate about what you do as well as being caring and a team player.
Away from my work, I enjoy watching football and motorsports and travel.
I joined Care UK in 2022, previously I was an apprentice at Addenbrookes Hospital on the main switchboard.
I really love helping people in any way I can and working at Heathlands House, I feel I can be there for the residents, family members and colleagues, this enables me to put my qualification into practice.
A successful person in this role needs to be able to communicate on all levels, approachable, organised, and have great time management. I love the feel of coming into work first thing in the morning, to the smiles on the residents faces, having a chat with them and listening to all their amazing life stories.
My biggest career highlight is being able to help residents in any way I can and seeing that I have made a difference.
Outside of work I like to spend time with my family and my other half, relaxing, watching TV and maybe play some games.
I’ve gained most of my housekeeping experience working in hotels and guest houses.
I then moved into working in a small, private care home before joining Care UK in 2022. I really wanted to join Care UK when so many people told me what a great organisation it is to work for.
In this role it’s important to be organised, have an eye for detail, to understand infection prevention and control, and to be a good communicator. I need to liaise with colleagues across all departments to ensure everything runs smoothly. Just as important is being compassionate and empathetic towards residents and their families.
I love chatting to residents, their loved ones, and supporting my colleagues. I’m committed to finding different ways to ensure that residents enjoy the best quality of life at Heathlands House. This is a wonderful home, with a fantastic team. We all help each other to do our best work for the residents.
In my spare time I like to be with family and friends. I also love getting stuck into a good book or film, or listening to music.
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.