Meet the Team
An ever-present member of the St Georges family, Julie has been with us since we welcomed our first resident back in 2012.
Julie lives locally with her family and is well known within the local community. Always ready to help out or assist in any way she can, whenever she is out and about Julie allows a little extra time to stop and chat with friendly faces!
Prior to joining St Georges, Julie’s career saw her honing her natural people skills in customer-focused operations management. With her love of family and community, joining St Georges as registered manager was a natural progression, enabling her to lead a care team dedicated to the health and wellbeing of elderly residents.
Julie is a passionate advocate of the household model of care operated by St Georges Nursing Home. Leading by example, she recognises the wonderful benefits that this progressive operational model offers to both residents and staff.
Day to day, week to week and year to year, Julie brings her extensive experience in the care sector to the benefit of all, guiding and supporting the team at St Georges with steadfast leadership and a warm, generous and welcoming spirit.
Niki is a registered nurse with over two decades’ experience. She grew up in a nursing home setting, accompanying her mother, who worked in a care home as a cook. It was these early life experiences that sparked Niki’s love of nursing homes and caring for the elderly – and which continue to nourish her passion for care.
Starting out as a weekend cleaner in the care home where her mother worked, Niki progressed to carer and then senior carer positions, before leaving to complete her nurse training at UWE.
After qualifying, Niki worked on an acute surgical ward, where she became a senior and highly skilled staff nurse. Having honed her skills in care homes in Weston, Niki joined St Georges as a Nurse in 2016. Her caring nature and attention to detail saw Niki promoted to Clinical Lead and she is now responsible for St Georges’ highly experienced nursing teams in her current role as Clinical Manager.
Niki’s role encompasses leading and supporting the staff with clinical guidance whilst working alongside the Registered Manager to ensure the safe and effective running of the care home.
Never happier than when she is caring for residents, Niki feels the best part of her job is
seeing the improvement in residents’ overall wellbeing from when they first arrived.
Away from work, Niki is a member of an online singing group, enabling her to feed her other passion – music. However, Niki’s driving passion has always been caring for the elderly and the nursing home setting where she has developed her career. Utilising the invaluable skills she gained in the acute sector, Niki directs the care teams in continually meeting the day to day needs of all of St Georges’ residents.
In her role as Nurses’ Assistant, Lisa offers invaluable support to the clinical team. From a practical perspective, her position encompasses duties such as ordering medication, booking transport for hospital appointments and carrying out audits. Alongside these responsibilities, Lisa plays a key role in the day to day supervision of residents’ wellbeing – monitoring their weights, checking that mattress settings are correct and ensuring that the residents have everything they need, from toiletries to medication and clothing Lisa also arranges Facetime calls with families and friends of the residents. For every resident, Lisa creates a guide for the caring team, entitled “These are the items I need to look and feel like me”. This detailed document covers all aspects of residents’ day to day wellbeing, from how they like their hair, preferred ear for their hearing aid and many other important pieces of information.
Manager of General Services
Darryl is responsible for the essential services that run in the background to ensure that the individual care households operate exactly as they should – and that life at St Georges gives residents and their loved ones a true home from home experience at all times.
Overseeing infection control, the housekeeping team, laundry services, stock control and maintenance, Darryl also assists in the induction and ongoing training of St Georges’ household teams.
Darryl firmly believes that the St Georges’ household model, along with the company’s drive for continuous improvement, provides residents with a true sense of belonging in a real “home” environment – a place you would feel comfortable for your mum, your dad or your grandparents to call home.
As Wellbeing Lead, Jamie relishes his “hands-on” role, interacting with St Georges’ residents on a daily basis. His duties, however, extend a little further than just organising bunting, balloons and bingo – he also liaises with families and loved ones, external entertainers and visiting acts, as well as organising individual and group activities such as baking, crafting, gardening and more.
Delivering a broad range of entertaining, exciting and stimulating activities ensures that residents continually feel included, important and empowered. From Jamie’s perspective, it’s also incredibly rewarding to see the difference these interactions and activities make to each and every resident at St Georges – a constant source of profound job satisfaction.
St Georges’ first point of contact for many, Debbie’s is most likely the voice you will hear when you phone and the friendly face you will first see when you visit. In her role as Receptionist, Debbie enjoys getting to know all residents, their families and visiting healthcare professionals.
All visits are booked via Debbie and she will always make sure that anything dropped in for residents is promptly and safely delivered. St Georges’ reception is a busy place but, with Debbie’s calm and proficient organisational skills, everything runs smoothly.
Chef Team Leader
Starting his career in rosette restaurants and hotels across the West Country, Richard went on to become a college lecturer in cookery and catering, a position in which he worked with people with complex needs. Building on this experience, he then ran activities provisions for two autism centres operated by the National Autistic Society, roles which involved extensive cooking and nutrition demonstrations.
Working as Chef Team Leader at St Georges, Richard devises and cooks a variety of nutritious and appetising menus to meet all residents’ dietary needs. This resident-led approach is enhanced by informal feedback and resident meetings, as well as input from staff. Flexibility and adaptability are key to ensuring the provision of alternative options for residents.
Championing fresh, local produce, Richard and his team work closely with local suppliers to source the best quality, traceable ingredients. Enabled by St Georges’ household operational model, with individual kitchens shared by small household groups, Richard also organises and delivers live cooking demonstrations.