“Thrilled!” That’s how April King sums up her feelings on joining us. The new Home Manager at Newstone House says her expectations of Colten Care have proved to be spot on.
“I wanted to work for a provider that was renowned for delivering high-quality care,” she explained in a conversation on her first day at the Sturminster Newton home. “It had to be the right company and my initial impressions have confirmed what I hoped for. Sometimes people talk about quality, but it can be lip service. That is absolutely not the case here. It’s so reassuring to know that quality is embedded in everything at Colten.”
April was born and brought up in Milborne Port, Somerset, just a few miles from Sturminster Newton. After completing her nurse training at Southampton, she worked for the NHS in acute medicine and intensive care before moving into the community, specialising in primary and palliative care. She was seconded to a strategic health authority in relation to the quality monitoring of an independent health care provider. She went to work for that company as the lead nurse for its first commuter walk-in centres, setting up the services in Newcastle and London. At the same company, she managed a GP practice in Stoke Newington and worked as a Quality Manager in a national role.
“I eventually started to feel too removed, and wanted to become more hands-on and personally see the difference I could make to people’s care,” said April. “So, in 2014, I moved into care home management for a not-for-profit charity based in Shaftesbury. I am thrilled to have moved to Colten now .My overall aim is to enable our residents to live their lives the way they wish and for them to be happy. My passion is still very much end of life care and I am a trained soul midwife, so I can bring my experience to help with the spiritual side of care.”