Residents at Braemar Lodge in Salisbury have welcomed a familiar face as their new Home Manager.
Jackie Cash joined the home on ‘day one’ when it opened in 2007, working as a registered nurse before her promotion to Clinical Lead two years later, a position she held until now.
A ‘Salisbury girl born and bred’, Jackie took a military route into nursing. Her first job after school was as a lab assistant at the Ministry of Defence research facility Porton Down but she quickly realised her true passion was to nurse.
At the age of 18, she began training in the Princess Mary’s RAF nursing service, her employer for the next 15 years with periods of service in UK and European military hospitals.
“I always knew that I wanted to be a nurse,” says Jackie. “And my life has been nursing ever since I started with the RAF.”
Her early career experience involved nursing Welsh Guards injured on the ship Sir Galahad during the Falklands conflict in 1982, including famous survivor Simon Weston. She did further training in burns and plastics to help with her work.
Jackie also worked at the Headley Court rehabilitation centre in Surrey where her patients included former hostages Terry Waite and John Nichol. After her marriage to Martin, an RAF chef, and becoming mum to two sons, Jackie moved to the care home sector.
Paying tribute to former Home Manager Alison Bremner, Jackie says: “It was a privilege to work in partnership with her for so long and she laid the groundwork for what has been a seamless transition into my new role. I’ve aimed to bring the residents and staff continuity with a familiar face. In return they are giving me excellent support.”