When I began studying to become an electrical engineer, I had no idea that it would set me on the path to becoming a residential care home manager. It isn’t an obvious leap; however, it was through carrying out electrical installation and maintenance work in a care home that I discovered my true passion. I was moved by the care and compassion shown by the staff team and my mind started to race with thoughts of how I would approach a caring role and the improvements that could be made across the social care industry and my transition from electrical engineer to Care home manager had begun.
I began my journey in care on the night shift, a role that presented itself to me at the perfect time in my life, and from that very first shift I knew that I would not be returning to electrical engineering. I had found my vocation. Every shift I learned something new and the more I learned the more I wanted to know. I had a hunger to motivate both the residents and the care team, to create something special. I set about gaining formal qualifications and was able to apply these in my day-to-day, working with vulnerable adults both young and old.
Over the course of my career, I have achieved many qualifications, these include:
Institute of Group Analysis Working Psycho dynamically in A Residential Setting.
NVQ in Leadership and Management.
Health & Safety Level 3 CIEH.
Train the trainer in Dementia Care
I have worked my way up through the ranks to the role of care manager, a role that enables me to continually improve the standard of care available and to provide our residents with a lifestyle that suits their needs and encourages improved mental and physical wellbeing. I actively encourage and support my team to advance within the home. I understand the qualities required to create a harmonious working environment and have a proven track record of building strong working relationships and team dynamics.
Working in the care industry is not a nine to five job, I work long and often antisocial hours, but I am lucky, I have a job that I am excited by, a job that rewards in so many ways, it’s far more than a job.
Any free time that I do have is spent with my family, my wife, my five wonderful children, all of whom are now adults, and enjoying my other passions in life, boating and aerial photography.
I am delighted to be working for Halcyon Care Homes, their reputation for outstanding care and forward thinking encapsulates my vision for the future of the care industry