Continuity is key

Gill Irish, the new Home Manager at Amberwood House in Ferndown
Gill Irish, the new Home Manager at Amberwood House in Ferndown

One of the joys of working for Colten Care is the chance to really get to know the people you are caring for.

So says Gill Irish, the new Home Manager at Amberwood House in Ferndown.

After training at the Westminster Hospital Gill spent 20 years working in the NHS, including being a ward manager at Southampton General Hospital. She left the NHS to work in the independent sector, initially as a regional manager for complex care services in the community and for the last seven years as a nursing home manager. Her last post was as a peripatetic manager with a large corporate group.

“Coming into smaller, family-run Colten Care means you can develop a much closer relationship with your residents and team, other homes in the company and head office,” says Gill. “You have very active support all round. Colten is big enough to have all the support and back-up mechanisms in place but it’s not so big that you are talking to different people all the time. There is great continuity.”

Gill says she has been made very welcome at Amberwood, adding: “It’s a really friendly team and the interim manager before me, Katie Whiteside, was doing a great job. The home is already at a great level and the potential is there to improve still further. There are all sorts of community activities we can get more involved with.”

Leeds-born Gill lives in Hythe near Southampton with her partner, two children, five chickens and two ducks called Lilly and Billy. Gill is hoping to bring the ducks into the home for a visit, perhaps with some freshly laid Easter eggs.

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