We’re helping to spread the word that working in social care can be rewarding, varied and worthwhile in light of the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC) new national recruitment campaign to drive a new generation of people to consider a role in adult social care.
Here are some inspiring stories from Four Seasons colleagues who started as Care Assistants and went on to further develop their skills and discover new opportunities.
James Irving, Dignity and Values Champion
From a builder to hospital porter James decided care was his vocation and joined Four Seasons as a Care Assistant and is now our Dignity and Values Champion visiting homes, supporting management and giving training to colleagues in our homes across the UK.
“Working in care is like stepping through into a different world and is so rewarding. I’d advise anyone to do it and you’ll get fantastic support and training with Four Seasons.”
Deborah Davison, Unit Manager
Deborah started her journey in care as a new mum looking for a flexible role. Following a brief period out as a Civilian Detention Officer, Deborah now manages a 23-bedded dementia unit and a team of 16.
“We make a difference every day to the people we look after, supporting them to transition into their new home and embrace the next chapter of their lives for them and their family.”
Jamie Appleton, Home Manager
Working as a trauma medic inspired Jamie to complete a nursing degree and work as a Care Assistant alongside her studies. Jamie then joined Four Seasons as a nurse where she discovered that dementia care and palliative care were her true passion. Jamie soon took the opportunity to improve her leadership skills and soon progressed to become a Home Manager.
“My favourite part of the job is giving people the best quality of life and supporting their families to maintain their relationship with their loved ones. Four Seasons has allowed me to progress quickly and I’ve been involved in exciting research projects, given talks and travelled all around the UK - an experience I wouldn’t have had working in a hospital."
Date published: 2 April 2019
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