I work opposite Gillian Smith my Job share partner at the beginning of the week as Queensferry Care’s Registered Manager. Responsibilities include reporting to the Care Inspectorate, liaising with our Health & Social Care Colleagues regarding our Day Service Contract, liaising with the EIJB re our Supper Club and Volunteer Hub contract, reporting to QCCC’s Board and ensuring the organisation meets Health & Safety, legal and regulatory requirements. It is also a privilege to support and manage a fabulous staff team and volunteers.
Where do or did you work?
Prior to working with Queensferry Care I had various roles, including office work in an insurance office, training to become a registered general nurse. When I qualified I worked as a staff nurse in an older persons community hospital before doing a Burns and Plastic Surgery qualification and working for a number of years in the regional Burns and Plastic surgery Unit at Bangour General Hospital.
I have also worked in general medicine in the Channel Islands before changing careers paths to work in the social care sector. Queensferry Care was my third role in this sector. I started working for Queensferry Care as Housing Support Coordinator and after 3 years the post of Manager became vacant and the rest as they say …. 20years later is history.
When and why did you get involved with QCCC?
I knew of Queensferry Care as I also worked in the day care sector in Edinburgh and when I saw an exciting opportunity to be part of a new service they were starting I applied and was successful. Queensferry Care was highly regarded in the day care sector and it was good to become involved with the organisation.
What hobbies and interests do you have?
I’m currently trying my hand at upcycling small pieces of furniture which is very rewarding. I have a passion for music and reading. I love all genres of music and love going to live performances with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band being one of fave live acts. I can have a couple of books on the go at any one time, again liking many different genres. I, like my job share partner love good food, wine and company which is probably why our Job share partnership works so well.