Helen Holden, the new Home Manager at Avon Cliff in Bournemouth, did her nurse training in Glasgow and has worked in a variety of roles since qualifying as an RGN. Her experience includes army nursing in the UK and Germany, orthopaedics, intensive therapy and elective surgery. She was a private patient manager at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in London and became a registered home manager after moving to the care home sector in Dorset in 2004.
Helen said: “I’ve had a lovely warm welcome at Avon Cliff and am already enjoying the chance to get to know all the residents and their families as well as my team members.
“One of my main priorities is to grow the home’s community links so that we can welcome more local people to come in and see for themselves what an outstanding home this is. I’ll be going out and about to meet as many individuals and organisations as I can.
Helen added: “I passionately believe that we should be making people positively want to come into care homes. They should be seen as a new beginning, a new chapter, not the end of anything.
“Good quality care can make the decision to move into a care home a lifestyle choice. Avon Cliff is a prime example of a home that delivers really outstanding care. I would like to build on the great work that is already going on. I want to be supportive towards the team, celebrating their achievements as we develop the home.”