“A bright, engaged team delivering exceptional care”. These are the words of Tom Holden, new Home Manager at Court Lodge, summing up his vision for staff. “We have a really good, experienced team here and I am proud to be leading them,” he says. “They are lovely people who want to do their best for the residents. I aim to champion staff engagement and empowerment, helping everyone to increase their knowledge of what makes for outstanding care, and ensure we all feel involved in moving forward.”
Tom joined the Lymington home having been promoted from Clinical Lead at Abbotts Barton in Winchester.
“Both myself and our new Clinical Lead Mikaela Pickett have received lots of positive comments about how we are continuing the home’s nice feel,” adds Tom.
After starting out as a care assistant at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester in 2008, Tom was awarded a scholarship to do a nursing degree through the Open University. He worked in accident and emergency and took on the role of dementia lead for unscheduled care.
Always passionate about elderly people’s care, he was keen to consolidate and improve his management skills. He spent two and a half years as both Home Manager and Clinical Lead at another provider’s dementia care home. Since joining us last year, he has also worked at Wellington Grange in Chichester.
Born in Germany to an RAF family, Tom now lives in Romsey. He regularly attends the theatre and enjoys keeping fit, rowing, skiing and time with his family.