Dee Lovewell has crossed town in Winchester on a return trip to her former home, Abbotts Barton.
Promoted to the role of Home Manager, she is keen to apply lots of new management experience gained during her time at our dementia care home in the city, St Catherines View.
Born and raised in South Africa, Dee joined Colten Care in 2003 as a nurse at Brook View in West Moors. The following year she was a finalist in the Registered Nurse category at the National Care Awards. She was promoted to Head of Care at Abbotts Barton in 2006 and, during a spell as interim manager, led the home to achieve a ‘good’-rated CQC inspection.
Dee has been Head of Clinical Care at St Catherines View, working alongside Home Manager Vanda Baker, since early 2015.
Dee said: “With Vanda’s help, I have learned a lot about different management styles and I want to utilise these skills in my new position. What I will take with me from St Catherines View is the home’s strong person-centred approach. That’s all about recognising that everyone is an individual and ensuring that the staff’s way of working is less task-oriented and more focused on each resident.
“It’s bittersweet to be leaving St Catherines View but I’ll definitely be staying in touch as Vanda and I want to strengthen the inter-home working in Winchester making us a stronger, combined force.
“At Abbotts Barton I want to ensure that every resident has a fantastic time and that our Colten Care values are truly well embedded. I’m really looking forward to taking the home to the next level.”
Dee added: “I’m an overseas nurse who has had a journey through the ranks only because of the fantastic support network here at Colten Care. It’s a company that genuinely enables you to progress.”
Dee and her husband Robert met on an online ‘blind date’ during her time at Brook View.
The couple have lived in Winchester for 13 years and have a five-year-old son, Eli.