Growing up in a family of 3 nurses it was only natural for me to follow in my family’s footsteps. I qualified in South Africa as a nurse had done the 4 years integrated Nursing Course at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town. In the end, I felt like a jack of all trades being qualified in General, Midwifery, Psychiatry and Community Healthcare. As I was only 21, I did not feel that I had a broad enough knowledge and decided to specialised an additional year in Mental Health.
At the end of my year in Stikland Hospital. I travelled Europe working in Switzerland, Greece and Israel where I met my husband Michael. We continued to travel together spending 6 months of the year in England which allowed me to keep my Nursing skills updated working privately and in various hospital in London. Once Michael and I got married we settled in London permanently.
I worked for one of Bupa’s biggest Nursing homes for 15 years, in the capacity of a Nurse, Clinical Service Manager, Training Co-ordinator and recently as the Deputy Manager. During this time I studied Dementia at Kingston University and also gained my Mentorship qualifications at City University. I facilitated the home’s entry into the Gold Standards Framework for End of Life care in care homes and was very proud to be part of the process toward a Beacon status, which is the highest accolade awarded to a home in this field. The home still holds this Award.
I joined Signature and Coombe Hill Manor on the 14th of April as Care Services Manager, I am passionate about resident care and ensuring that high standards are reached and maintained. Every person living in our community has a voice and we are here to support their choices while respecting their dignity and providing them with the support they need to start a new life at Coombe Hill Manor.
I was appointed to the role of General Manager in June 2016, and with a great team, we are here for the residents, providing peace of mind to families. Working with the residents in making memories, always looking for ‘what else can we do’ moments.