As the Home Manager at Mill House, I lead a professional team in providing the highest standards of residential and nursing care for up to 45 residents.
I began my nursing career training in the core rank of the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps, following in my Aunt’s footsteps. I had always wanted to see the world and be a nurse, this route enabled me to do both. Following two years of training I worked on the wards for a further two and a half years, quite often in Germany on the surgical wards and also with the Chelsea Pensioners as a general nurse for three months.
On leaving the army I continued to work in hospitals in both accident and emergency and surgical wards, until I was offered an agency position in a care home, after that there was no turning back. I find working in care homes incredibly rewarding, I enjoy getting to know residents, their families and the care teams, feeling like I can really make a difference.
My first Deputy Manager role at a care home was fifteen years ago, after which I completed my Level Four Management Training and moved to Southern England where I took my first role as a Home Manager. Within eighteen months I had considerably improved the home and was offered a Relief Manager position looking after thirty four homes in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire and Wales. Here, I inducted new managers and helped improve the clinical aspects of the homes, putting relevant processes in place.
I have now been with Caring Homes for over seven years and I enjoy working for a family run company.
In order to run a care home you need a good team behind you, and by supporting the care team and making sure they are happy, it ensures a happy home. If the staff are smiling our residents are going to smile too.