Barbara Harris has been the Home Manager at Avon Reach in Mudeford since July 2015. She was previously Acting Manager at Kingfishers in New Milton which recently gained two major accolades: Gold Standard Framework accreditation and an ‘outstanding’ caring grade from the Care Quality Commission.
Barbara lives in New Milton, has been married for 28 years and has two teenage sons and a dog. Outside work, she has been a committed blood donor over many years. By age 50, she had donated 100 units of blood in three-monthly visits to the transfusion service.
Name: Barbara Harris
Job title and brief description of role: Home Manager for 60 residents with a great team of staff in a great location.
Career history: I started my general nurse training a week before my 18th birthday and have worked in lots of areas from paediatrics to theatre scrub nurse. I am lucky enough to have worked with lots of inspiring and amazing people in high quality nursing care during my working life of 27 years in the NHS and now nine in the private sector.
Interests: Walking, music, reading, current affairs. I was also a governor at New Milton Junior School for three years.
Q: Who was your first childhood hero?
A: Peter Pan
Q: What would be your ideal holiday?
A: World cruise for a year
Q: What are you superstitious about?
Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
A: Pierce Brosnan, to see if he is as attractive in person as he is on screen
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: Elizabeth 1
Q: What car do you drive?
A: a little Hyundai i10
Q: What makes you angry?
A: people who use two parking spaces to park their car
Q: What is your favourite smell?
A: bread cooking
Q: Cats or dogs?
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A: Cup of tea of course
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: being in my grandparents’ kitchen listening to their noisy parrot
Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?
A: 80s music shows on Radio 2 or Wave 105
Q: What is the best thing about your role?
A: every day is different
Q: And what is the worst?
Q: What would be your desert island luxury?
Q: What do you wish you were good at?
Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?
A: Working in a home that received the Gold Standard framework award and an outstanding CQC for caring in the same year
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Anything with fish and a bottle of New Zealand wine
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: Part-time private nurse for someone like Richard Branson
Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?
A: Tyrannosaurus rex