Advising and supporting our nurses is a key focus for Leah Cooke, our new Clinical Manager.
Responsible for 12 homes across Poole, Bournemouth and the New Forest, Leah provides the resources and training that help keep our care standards as high as possible.
The role, involving close work with our Heads of Care and other clinical staff, requires extensive knowledge of practical nursing and management, something Leah has built up during her career.
She started out as a residential care assistant before qualifying as a nurse and going on to work in the NHS for 15 years. She was a matron in charge of three community hospitals in South Somerset and has also worked in the private care home sector.
Leah says: “As Clinical Manager, I will spend a lot of time in the homes making sure we have the tools and resources we need for best practice. It’s essential we get the balance right between clinical care and recognising that the care setting at Colten Care is always someone’s home.”
Leah joined us in March 2015 working alongside our other Clinical Manager, Lindsay Rees.
Leah says: “I had heard that Colten Care was a great company to work for. If you speak to anyone in the care sector along the south coast they will say it has a really good reputation. Since I joined, I’ve had a really lovely welcome. All the team members believe that everything you do is for the residents. You can definitely see and feel that as you go round. It’s a very strong team and everyone plays a part.”
Outside work, Leah’s time is family-oriented. She lives at Moreton, near Dorchester, with husband Jerry and three daughters: Hannah, 12, Megan, 11 and Erin, 8. “They are my life,” says Leah.