We can all ‘brag’ about how good we are until we are blue in the face, but when it comes to our success you really need to hear it from our staff. Here we’d like to share our stories, which we hope you’ll love reading!
“The best part of my job? Definitely the amazing people I work with. I alway feel appreciated, valued and supported”
Meet the lovely Debbi, our Care Co-ordinator and our very own Vicar of Dibley!
Briefly describe your key responsibilities:
To make sure all clients have appropriately trained staff to meet their social, physical and emotional needs, and to ensure continuity of care.
How long have you worked here
Since August 2018
Briefly describe your past work experience
I have worked in care for many years, originally as a nurse/midwife. I have worked as a care agency manager, practice manager for a private health care practice, and worked in various nursing homes as a registered nurse.
Why did you choose a career in care?
As corny as it sounds, I decided at about the age of 6 that I was going to be a nurse, like my mum, and never wavered in, or regretted, my decision
What’s the best part of your job?
The amazing team of people I share my working day with. Teamwork is the order of the day, and support is always available in one form or another.
What’s the hardest part of your role?
Waiting to get hold of carers, they always come back to me but sometimes I want to sort something out straight away but have to wait.
Would you recommend IP as an employer of choice (and why)?
I have always felt included, from the day I started. There are bad days, same as in any job, but these are few and far between. I feel valued and appreciated, and have no worries aboaut approaching a manager if I have an issue I need to discuss. I have also been afforded opportunities to widen my role, and have been able to undertake a diploma course at no cost to myself.
What would you say to someone who are considering a career in care?
It can be very rewarding, but can be hard work. There are many aspects to care that need to be balanced, and this takes time and practice. Never be afraid to ask questions and never make assumptions. Be open to learning, be adaptable and flexible to best serve the needs of those in your care
What are your interests and hobbies outside of work?
My big love is amateur dramatics, and I have been involved in this area for over 40yrs. My favourite role was Geraldine Grainger in The Vicar of Dibley. I also direct the annual pantomime for a local group. I love the sense of achievement seeing the audience reactions, and knowing that they have had a good time.