Home care company recruits senior nurses to its management team

A Shropshire home care company has appointed two senior nurses to its management team as it continues to expand its services.

The Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Oswestry branch of Home Instead Senior Care has recruited Pauline O’Connor to the post of care manager and Debbie Allamby to the position of recruitment and training coordinator.

Both women have a wealth of experience working within the nursing and care profession up to senior management level.

Pauline has been a qualified nurse for 40 years, beginning her career at Hammersmith Hospital, London. She worked as a district nurse in both London and Shropshire before taking on the head of care and clinical management responsibilities of a 32-bed unit for one of the UK’s leading residential care providers.

Debbie, a registered nurse since 1986, worked as a midwife and practice nurse for over 15 years before becoming a lecturer practitioner and freelance trainer. She has also worked in occupational health. In recent years she has been involved in the care of people with dementia in nursing homes in Shropshire.

Franchise owner Rachael Birchall said the appointment of Pauline and Debbie marked an exciting new chapter for the company which specialises in one-to-one bespoke domicillary care and companionship services and has grown rapidly since it was established last year.

“They both have an invaluable breadth of knowledge and experience. Pauline has a wealth of managerial experience and Debbie has a real passion for training,” she said.

“What struck me, when I interviewed both of them, was just how passionate they were about the care of people living with dementia. I’m thrilled to have found two people who share my commitment to raising the standards of home care in Shropshire.”

Pauline said she had grown increasingly disillusioned with the provision of residential care.

“When I researched Home Instead Senior Care I was immediately impressed by the level of care that it offers to enable older people to carry on living in their own homes. Clients have one named caregiver which ensures consistency of care and the building of strong relationships. Visits are a minimum of an hour and all care is tailormade to each individual client.”

Debbie said: “I’m very much looking forward to expanding the company’s team of caregivers and working with them to further their training and support them in providing a dignified service that older people should expect and deserve.”

The franchise employs 23 caregivers working in Shrewsbury, Ludlow, Oswestry and the surrounding rural areas. It is currently running a recruitment campaign to expand its team of caregivers.

Rachael Birchall, a former racehorse breeder, hit the headlines when she left her 20-year equestrian career to set up the home care franchise following the experience of caring for her own grandmother.

Anyone interested in becoming a caregiver should contact 01743 387650 for further information or visit the company’s website www.homeinstead.co.uk/shrewsburyludlowandoswestry.

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