When did you join Gardiner’s and what is your background in care?
I trained at University College Hospital, London and qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1981. I worked as a Marie Curie nurse caring for people at the end of life in their own homes and joined the palliative care team at Duchess of Kent Hospice working on the ward and in day therapy. I moved to Sue Ryder Nettlebed Hospice as Day Care Manager in 1999 and nine years later I became Clinical Governance Lead for the hospice. In 2011 this role expanded to cover Sue Ryder palliative care services in Berkshire West, South Oxon and South Bucks.
I joined Gardiner’s in February 2014 as Nursing Manager and became Registered Manager later that year. I retired from my role as Registered Manager at Gardiner’s in September 2018 but still provide help and support to the team where needed.
Why the care industry?
Because care is fundamental to health, it’s hard to separate one from the other. Good care can help to maintain both physical and mental health and when you do experience illness then good care can make a difficult time a little easier.
What makes Gardiner’s Homecare different?
Gardiner’s treats people as individuals, and that goes for the office team and the care workers as well as those that use our service. From the time I joined the company I have been impressed by the can do attitude of the team and the pretty amazing carers who support our clients.
What’s your proudest achievement?
Gaining my honours degree in palliative care whilst working full time and bringing up a family. I am also enormously proud to be working with such knowledgeable and experienced colleagues; I learn something from them every day.
What are five of your favourite things?
– My family, they all have to count as one thing!
– Sunshine, it makes colours and my mood brighter.
– Warm sea on warm sand
– Pottering in the garden
– Sweet peas, they smell wonderful!