Professional Care Workers’ Week
Louise Damms, Home Manager
Louise has devoted her career to care and is an excellent example of how a person can work from an entry-level role in care to senior management level.
She first entered care working on the housekeeping team in 1996. Through training, sheer hard work and gaining qualifications she rose through the ranks to join Cheviot Court in 2004 as a senior carer.
Louise’s talent meant she soon became deputy manager, during which time she took four months away from Cheviot Court to be acting manager at another care home.
When the then manager of the home retired in 2010, Louise became manager – a position she has held ever since.
Care UK has offered Louise every opportunity to develop as a manager, including the NVQ Level 5 in leadership and other areas vital to the successful management of a care home.
She is also supported by her regional manager, who in Louise’s words is: “brilliant, giving full support both professionally and emotionally.”
Louise said: “I’ve had a passion for care from the moment I began my career. I would fully encourage anyone starting out to think long term and strive to work themselves up the ranks. If you develop your career from a position such as a cleaner, you get a real understanding of how a care home works, what makes a great team and, most important of all, what it takes to ensure residents live happy and fulfilled lives while in our care.”
This is the joy of being a team member at Care UK – the organisation is committed to ensuring that everyone gets the opportunity to meet their full career potential.Louise Damms