I have worked in the care sector for over 32 years: I started my care career as a Care Assistant in a nursing home, where the home manager taught me the skills to deliver the care my residents needed. I realised after the first day this was what I was meant to do with my life.
I quickly progressed to Senior Care Assistant, I then moved to the NHS working as an auxiliary nurse on the emergency admission unit where I gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.
I was then asked to join a pilot scheme for the NHS for the first Rapid Response team in County Durham which I did before deciding to start my own domiciliary care company which I ran successfully for over 14 years. Thereafter, I joined a care provider and successfully ran a 74-bed nursing home prior to progressing into a Regional Manager role.
I absolutely feel my career to date has helped me to understand the role of Care Assistant and what care should look and feel like for our residents. It is very important to me that our staff and Managers understand that to care for people is an absolute privilege and the love and care we provide them with should give them and their loved ones the fondest memories to cherish.