I joined Care UK in 2004: I started working here part-time as a domestic when I was doing my A levels. I then became a Carer before doing my nurse training. And here I am today as Home Manager.
I love walking through Hollins Park at the beginning of the day, seeing colleagues and having a chat, and getting the day off to a good start. I enjoy catching up with residents during the day, talking to them and finding out what they’ve been up to.
In 2017 I won Best Nurse Specialist/Dementia Lead at the National Dementia Care Awards. It was an honour to win, especially as I’d won the Good Nurse category at the North West finals of the Great British Care Awards a few weeks earlier!
I was so proud of the Hollins Park team when we won the Great Dementia Care award at Care UK’s own RCS Stars Awards in 2019. It capped off an amazing year for us: we’d gained an ‘outstanding’ overall rating from the Care Quality Commission (with ‘outstanding’ ratings in four out of five areas that the CQC inspects) and reached the finals in various national care awards.
I’ve been with Care UK since 2005. I’m a Registered Nurse, and before I joined Care UK, I’d been a haemodialysis nurse. However, I was keen to develop my skills and experience in another sector of nursing, so I decided to move into care home work.
I love having any opportunity to help and support other people, whether that’s residents themselves, their loved ones, or my colleagues. While helping people is its own reward, it was a huge highlight when I received a ROCK (Recognition of Care and Kindness) award.
The team at Hollins Park is single-minded about quality and enhancing residents’ lives, and I’m looking forward to seeing the home develop and prosper further. All eyes are now focused on achieving an ‘outstanding’ rating at our next CQC inspection!
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