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Smyth Lodge

Trusted to care in Sidcup, Kent

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Meet our friendly care team

The team at Smyth Lodge in Sidcup all share a common goal – to make each day the very best it can be for your loved one. We’re recruiting passionate and talented carers, nurses, chefs and housekeepers to ensure that the care we provide and the home’s environment is everything you and your family expects – and more. Find out more about our passionate team on these pages.

Tracey Cheeseman

Home Manager

Tracey Cheeseman

I'm a qualified general nurse and Ive worked in nursing since the 1980s.

I worked in emergency nursing for 20 years before moving into social care, first managing a small home and then managing larger homes. Before joining the Smyth Lodge team I was managing a 120-bed home.

I feel strongly that I and my team are here to help residents to live their best life. It's important to see them as a holistic person. They're a husband or wife, brother or sister, a mum or dad or a best friend. Theres a lot we can learn from them.

I love hearing residents and colleagues laughing together. Humour is so important. I enjoy engaging with my team, with the people we care for and with their loved ones. I enjoy combining my nursing skills with being a leader. I believe that being a nurse – and a home manager – is an honour.

Rebecca Wheeler
Customer Relations Manager

The first time I visited Smyth Lodge and met the team, I could tell straight away that I would enjoy working at the home.

I worked for another local care home for 13 years, and it was my greatest pride to have improved the rating for that home and kept it at high standards for so many years.

Outside of work I enjoy socialising and spending family time with my two daughters, as well as going for walks with our dog Annie.

I am passionate about engaging with the local community and meeting new people. I know that finding a care home and the admission process can often be a difficult and emotional time for families. I find helping and guiding them through this process rewarding. Knowing that I can help someone find the right place where their loved one will be happy and well cared for is the best part of my day.

I love getting to know the lovely residents who live at Smyth Lodge and assisting new residents to join the Smyth Lodge family.

Christine French
Lifestyle Coordinator

I’ve been working in the care sector for over 25 years in care homes and domiciliary care.

I started as a Care Assistant and became a Team Leader.

I joined Care UK because I knew people who worked for the organisation and who talked about the quality of care and the excellent training and support given to colleagues. I actually started working at Foxbridge House, Care UK’s care home in Oprington, before moving here to Smyth Lodge a little while after it opened. I appreciate how Care UK recognises your commitment and enables you to try different roles – that’s how I’ve been able to move from being a Team Leader to becoming a Lifestyle Coordinator.

I enjoy coming in first thing in the morning, meeting and greeting everyone and planning the day’s activities. I enjoy being a part of the residents’ life and working as part of a fun and supportive team, bringing new ideas to Smyth Lodge.

Marion Laing
Business Administrator

My heart is in the care sector.

I was a healthcare assistant in the NHS for 13 years and I’ve worked on the finance/admin side with another private care provider. I joined Care UK in 2018 because it has a fantastic reputation, with strong values, and I wanted to be a part of that. Smyth Lodge is also a beautiful place to work, and there’s a great team here. Everyone is focused on delivering great care, which is essential.

I love any opportunity to be involved in making the lives of residents as wonderful as possible. Outside of work, I like to fundraise – I’ve raised money for my local hospice by abseiling and skydiving. Who knows what I might do to raise money for residents! 

Lisa Davies
Housekeeping Manager

I have worked within the health care sector as Operations Manager for a number of years and joined Smyth Lodge as a Team Leader before taking on the role as Housekeeping Manager.

Working within the home, it is always a joy to take time out of the day to interact with residents. Listening to their stories and taking an interest in their daily lives and past.

My role requires attention to detail, especially paying attention to infection control measures. Each day I enjoy engaging with the housekeeping team, who I work closely with, to make sure that daily tasks are in hand. The wider team are also always on hand to chat with, and I know that colleagues are always on hand to listen, help and advise.

Paul Burley
Maintenance

I began working at Smyth Lodge in late 2018 – I’ve worked in maintenance for other care providers, but I watched the home being built and I was impressed by what I saw, so I thought I’d apply to join the team.

I like to start the day by taking a walk around the home and the grounds to check that everything is okay. It’s a good opportunity to say hello to people too. It’s important to be patient and understanding and to be ready to turn your hand to anything in this job. You never know what each day will bring, or what new skills you’ll learn. 

Ours is a new home where everyone’s getting to know each other and the ways of working. It’s an exciting time, and it’s a great feeling to make a difference to the residents.  

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 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. 

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 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. 

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.