This week ARMSCARE welcomed Tim Price to our Management team. Tim will be taking over from Nigel Playford as the Registered Manager of Summerville House in Heacham.
Tim brings a wealth of experience in starting up and managing Dementia Units in the East Anglia region and will be laying the foundations for a new era at Summerville.
Initially, Tim will be working with Trina, our Operations Manager, to gain an insight into our systems and will thereafter be looking to meet all those affiliated to the Home. I am sure all residents, families, professionals and staff will join me in welcoming Tim to Summerville
Minister meets National Care Association member to discuss staff recruitment.
Recognising the substantial challenges faced by care providers regarding recruitment National Care Association was delighted to support one of our members to take the debate to the heart of government with a private meeting with the Minister for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP. Raj Sehgal of Armscare in rural Norfolk was able to persuade his local Member of Parliament Sir Henry Bellingham MP to seek a meeting to discuss the challenges.
National Care Association has been supporting Mr Sehgal over the past two years as he fought the system to restore his right to recruit staff from overseas in order to ensure that he is able to provide quality services to the service users in his care homes. Executive Chairman of National Care Association, Nadra Ahmed OBE, accompanied Mr Sehgal as did his solicitor Sadhana Soni of Denning Sotomayor, ensuring there was the opportunity to highlight the issue from a national perspective.
Recognising the challenges the Minister and her officials asked Mrs Ahmed and Mr Sehgal to provide her with more details so she could take the issue to her colleagues at the Home Office Minister responsible for the legislation
Mr Sehgal said he was delighted at the outcome of the meeting.
“Without the ability to recruit the best staff, it’s impossible to provide a good service to those in our care.”
Sir Henry Bellingham MP reinforced the issues for rural Norfolk ;
Commenting on the recent Ministerial meeting Henry Bellingham said: “It really was a breath of fresh air to have a meeting with a Minister who was on top of her brief, and obviously dedicated to the very best for the care sector. At a time when the NHS is facing a recruitment crisis it is absolutely vital that the care sector remains a key pipeline for providing top quality staff into the NHS. However, they will not be able to do this if they continue to face major recruitment problems of their own. This is why it is essential the Minister wins the battle within government to enable the care sector to recruit suitable staff from the EU and further afield.”
M.P. for North West Norfolk
Sir Henry Bellingham, Raj Sehgal (NCA member), Caroline Dinenage (Minister), Nadra Ahmed OBE (NCA Exec Chairman), Sadhana Soni (Solicitor)
I am pleased to announce the well deserved promotion of Hitesh Patel and Alice Nettle who have become joint Assistant Managers of Norfolk Lodge.
Both have had considerable experience of working with Yvonne Sands in the management of the Home and are well respected by their team, the residents as well as professionals connected to Norfolk Lodge.
I am sure that you will all join me in giving them your full support and wishing them well in their posts.
We are pleased to announce some well deserved internal promotions within the ARMSCARE group of Homes.
Firstly Terinia Skevington has now been promoted to the post of Group Operations Manager. Her primary role will be to work with the Home Managers to ensure total compliance with all regulatory bodies and commitment to our corporate mission statement.
Alison Lowe who, has been at Terrington Lodge for 14 years and was Trina’s deputy Manager will be take over the running of Terrington Lodge. Alison will still be guided and mentored by Trina until she can become registered with CQC, which normally takes several months.
Victoria Harrison, who has also been at Terrington Lodge for 14 years, will now take on the role as Alison’s Deputy Manager. Vicky has a wealth of experience as a senior member of the team at Terrington and has worked well to support Alison.
I am sure you will all join me in wishing them well in their well deserved promotions and give them all your fullest support.
I am pleased to inform you that as from today, Friday 2nd June 2017 ARMSCARE Ltd has handed over the running and management of Laburnum Lodge in Littleport to Iroshan & his wife, Tishya of 365 Care Homes Ltd. Iroshan and Tishya operate a number of local businesses including Delph House Care Home, in Welney.
The Home will be managed by Ms Sayuri Lanka , who has a wealth of knowledge that relates to dementia care. Lanka currently manages Delph House and will for the short term be managing both Laburnum Lodge as well as Delph House.
All the existing staff of Laburnum Lodge will as of today be transferred under TUPE law to 365 Care Homes Ltd, so you will not see any changes to the terms of your employment contracts, hours, holidays, rates of pay. The only difference is that you will see more of Iroshan and his lovely wife who both reside locally in Littleport.
We will over the course of the next few weeks work with Iroshan to ensure that there is a totally smooth transition so that there is no noticeable difference to the staff, our residents and their families.
I would like to personally thank all the current staff, some of which have been with the Home a long time and seen it through some lows and highs. We hand over our registration in the strong knowledge and belief that the Home is rated as “Good” by CQC and this is primarily due to the dedication and hard work of the team currently in place.
I wish Iroshan & his wife, all the residents and staff well for the future and hope that you give the same support to the new providers as you have to Trina & Bernie.
Its been a fantastic start to the New Year for Laburnum Lodge. Since Trina took over, we have have recruited a new Deputy Manager (Rachael) who along with Nik & Bill have helped to reshape Laburnum Lodge to once again become a Home in which we can all be proud of. I am pleased to say that they have over the last six months successfully built a team which works well for the Home and it residents, as well as increasing occupancy to the highest level in several years.
My sincerest thanks and congratulations go out to all the current staff for their hard work and dedication in making the Home a place in which our residents are proud to live, our visitors are proud to visit and our staff are proud to work. Well Done, you should all be proud.