Since qualifying as a Nurse in 1991, I’ve worked in a variety of roles – both with the NHS and around the world. In 2009 I accepted a senior nurse post and later became the deputy manager of an Acquired Brain Injury Unit, which was community based and the first of its kind in Aberdeen. In 2013 I moved into care home management, still in the Aberdeen area, and became the Home Manager at Hawkhill House in 2015.
I enjoy the challenges and the diversity of what I do – I can be dealing with many different issues on a day-to-day basis. I really like to be able to make a difference in someone’s life, and my career allows me to do this every day. I am passionate about making sure our residents are happy and comfortable, providing the support they need to maintain their independence and enhance their quality of life.
I take responsibility for the day to day running of all aspects of the home ensuring the care we provide to the residents are of high quality and are person-centred. I take a very active approach in the skills and development of my team, enabling them to achieve their best potential and deliver great care. I work very closely with senior management to ensure that the home is compliant with all regulatory requirements.
Attaining my nursing degree remains my biggest educational achievement. Completing my SVQ 4 in Leadership & Management, and going on to hold a variety of successful managerial positions as a result, have been my most significant career achievements so far. My biggest personal achievement is raising my family – I have two boys who have each now graduated from Aberdeen University, both as Chemical Engineers.
In my spare time, I enjoy going for a swim or to a spa. I also enjoy doing some home projects, like soft furnishings or re-upscaling old furniture. Since the boys have moved out of the family home, I now enjoy spending more time with my husband and our two dogs. My weekends usually consist of long walks in the countryside or having dinner out with family and friends.
I have lived in the local area for more than 10 years now and am familiar with the local community and nearby suburbs. Aberdeen has majestic landscapes and coast line with beautiful architecture and cultural gems to explore. There are lots of fantastic walks around the area and great places to visit, like castles and museums. Night life here is also really good, and there are lots of restaurants to choose from.