I am the Head of Nursing Care at Green Tree Court and I also co-ordinate the in-house training for the home. I am the homes Manual Handling trainer.
How did you get into caring?
I come from a long line of Nurses and healthcare professionals. My great grandmother, grandmother and Mum are all nurses and my father was a paramedic and offshore medic for the oil-rigs. It’s a career I have wanted to do since I was little and you could say was in the genes. I graduated from Coventry & Warwickshire school of Nursing & midwifery in 1995.
What sort of experience do you have?
I always wanted to be an elderly care nurse. I was brought up in sheltered accommodation for the elderly and could play dominoes at the age of 5years old! My earliest memories are of being surrounded by older people who loved holding hands or listening to me gabble on. A nurse tutor advised me not to go straight into elderly care as it was ‘heavy work’ and high burn out. So I entered my other passion and became a scrub nurse in neurosurgical theatres. This career has taken me to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia for 4 years were I was the theatre suite coordinator, major incident coordinator and scrub nurse for many specialities.
Finally, on my return to the UK I fulfilled my wish and moved into elderly care. I took up a post in Okehampton community hospital where as a senior nurse I was responsible for inpatient care, the Minor injury unit and the EMI unit. I then moved to Limerick in southern Ireland were I worked as a Clinical Nurse Manager in a large care home in Ardagh.
We returned the UK for the birth of my son and I returned to being a staff nurse in care homes until I made the move to Green Tree Court in October 2015.
How have you found your time at Green Tree Court?
In January 2016 I was promoted to Head of Care at Green Tree Court and I have not looked back. I have been privileged to work with David Bareskie Head of Dementia and Helen Rushton the home Director to bring together an excellent team to support our residents’ wellbeing. I was honoured last year to win the home’s Star award for Clinical excellence. And this year Green Tree Court has supported my continuing professional development by enabling me to complete my Diploma in Leadership and Management (NVQ5). It’s an exciting and unique place to work and we are going from strength to strength.
In my spare time
I of course spend as much time with my partner and 6 year old son Joshua as possible. I also like to bring Joshua to visit Green Tree Court so he can have similar memories I had growing up surrounded by these wonderful people. I love reading, music and my claim to fame is I met the late John Thaw. I also am a certified open water diver.