Hear from Cath Davies,
Senior Manager at Czajka Care Group
The group has 5 care and nursing homes including:
I joined the company in 2018 as the Registered Manager at Currergate Nursing Home in Steeton. My nursing career began in the early 1990s when I took a job as a lunch time supervisor in a school for children with special educational needs. I had young children myself and this fit in nicely with their school hours.
I became a care assistant for Mencap and eventually studied for a degree in Learning Disability Nursing at Huddersfield University. I also completed an additional qualification in adult nursing funded through the NHS and by my employers. With this second Nursing qualification I took a Sister’s post in a dementia home in Halifax and really found my niche and the area I was happiest working in. Over many years I worked in different Homes as Registered Manager, then a position for Manager at the lovely Currergate Nursing Home became available. I jumped at the opportunity to work nearer home, and Currergate will always be my base.
Now I work at a more senior level with my colleague Lynne Taylor. We visit all 5 homes to carry out Quality Visits to ensure the quality and safety of care.
I love my job, and even with all the challenges of the COVID Pandemic I could not imagine ever doing anything different than working with this client group for a company I am proud to work for and with a team of people who genuinely give their absolute best every single day.
Types of job roles in our service
They are qualified in General Nursing, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities.
Care Practitioner Role
They work alongside our nurses assisting with Medication Administration, Wound Care, Nutrition and Hydration and other nursing needs.
They work in young disabled units.
They ensure all our residents have access to a wide variety of fun and exciting outings and past times.
They provide a wide range of nutritious foods for different palates, including food from many countries, cultures, different textures for those who need a softer diet – and always the best fish & chips on a Friday lunchtime!
The Registered Manager ensures the care service provides high-quality care. The Manager will be responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations within the care setting, including recruiting and managing staff, managing budgets and ensuring that the quality of the services provided meets national care standards.
You’ll work as part of the team ensuring a clean, tidy, pleasant environment to support people’s well-being, and you will play a key role in contributing to infection control within the care setting.
You’ll work as part of the team within a care home / nursing home / extra care housing service to schedule, organise and deliver one to one and group activities ( including outings), to support the well-being and interests of people and to assist them to remain involved with their family and their community.
You’ll work as part of the team doing a range of administration tasks to support the Manager and care team with the planning, coordination and smooth running of the care setting.
Qualifications and Training
Many care staff are offered the opportunities to advance their career progression by completing additional training to increase their qualifications. Often staff stay with a nursing or residential home for a great number of years, as the job can be diverse and interesting career pathways.
“I love making a difference in their lives and they make a massive difference in mine. Even though its hard work I go home happy every day.”
Donna O’Brien, Support worker
“I have worked within the care sector for over 28 years in various roles from support worker to Acting manager and now deputy manager. I love that no two days are the same and the satisfaction I get from seeing a person I support achieve a goal is what has kept me in the job for so long.”
Aileen Ellis, Deputy manager
“I like working in social care because I like being there for the people we support and helping reach their goals. I like helping new staff to reach their full potential and helping everyone.”
Michelle Roberts, Team leader