Clinical Leads have a pivotal role in supporting our residents’ clinical care and quality of life. It’s a senior position that involves leading and advising all care and nursing staff within the home while ensuring the Home Manager is kept fully informed about clinical management. Here we catch up with Helga Staines, Clinical Lead at Woodpeckers in Brockenhurst, who has gained successive promotions during her Colten Care career.
Name: Helga Staines
Job title and brief description of role: Clinical Lead. My priority is to lead the staffing team and ensure a high standard of care is given to the residents.
Career history: I started as a waitress at Avon Reach in Mudeford in 1996. I was later a care assistant for five years and started my RGN training in 2006, qualifying in 2009. I nursed at Canford Chase in Poole, transferred to Brook View in West Moors, went back to Avon Reach and then moved to Kingfishers in New Milton. I have been at Woodpeckers since May 2016.
Interests: Walking, hiking, kayaking, swimming.
Q: Who was your first childhood hero?
A: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.
Q: What would be your ideal holiday?
A: Bora Bora, the South Pacific island.
Q: What are you superstitious about?
A: A full moon. I’m sure it has an effect on a person’s mood.
Q: Who would you most like to be trapped in a lift with?
A: Levison Wood from Walking the Nile.
Q: Who do you most admire?
A: My dad.
Q: What car do you drive?
A: Ford Focus. I car share to save the environment.
Q: What makes you angry?
A: People who have no compassion.
Q: What is your favourite smell?
A: Freshly cut grass or hyacinth. It reminds me of summer.
Q: Cats or dogs?
Q: What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A: Five minutes of bed yoga.
Q: What is your earliest memory?
A: Running around the garden naked in Zimbabwe.
Q: Which TV/radio programme do you try never to miss?
A: Home and Away.
Q: What is the best thing about your role?
A: Knowing your residents and staff are happy.
Q: …And what is the worst?
A: Not having enough time.
Q: What would be your desert island luxury?
A: Tanning lotion and an endless supply of mojitos.
Q: What do you wish you were good at?
Q: What has been the crowning moment in your life to date?
A: Becoming a Clinical Lead.
Q: What is your favourite meal?
A: Anything Thai.
Q: What would be your dream job?
A: Wildlife ranger.
Q: If you could bring something extinct back to life what would it be?
A: The quagga, the plains zebra that lived in South Africa until the 19th century.
Did you know?
There are 655,000 registered nurses in the UK? Nine per cent of UK nurses work in adult care homes.