As the Home Manager at Rectory House Nursing Home, I lead a professional team in providing the highest standards of residential and nursing care for up to 41 residents.
I qualified as a Registered Mental Health Nurse in 1986 and have worked in a number of specialities for nearly 30 years, as well as spending time working abroad in New Zealand, France, Germany and America. I found I had a passion for working with students, so in 2009 I started part time Higher Education studies and qualified as a sign off mentor for student nurses in 2010, a practice teacher in 2011 and as a qualified teacher of Health Education in 2013. In 2015 I moved into management after successfully getting my first Care Home Manager position.
I fell in love with nursing as I wanted to help people and make a difference to someone no matter how small. To me it is important to show compassion for my residents, relatives and my colleagues, my door is always open to help support them and have discussions when needed.
I am passionate about developing and supporting a team of staff who work well together creating a home where everyone feels part of a family. It is important that high standards of care are delivered in a kind and caring manner, with laughter in the home offering a warm, friendly and homely environment.
Outside of work I love to watch classic black and white films and musicals from the 50’s and 60’s. I also used to be a fencing champion when I lived in America.
Prior to arriving at Rectory House, Agnes had been in hospital for seven months. She had spent a long time in intensive care after major surgery and doctors did not have high hopes for her recovery. When they suggested she be admitted for palliative care, it was with uncertainty about her future and low expectations...Read more