I am a Registered Learning Disability Nurse BSc with 28 years’ experience working in public and independent health and social care settings, where she gained experience and Continuing Professional Development in primary care learning disability and mental health services.
I started My career as a Support Worker in the community, working with teenagers with additional support needs and Autistic Spectrum disorder, which confirmed my passion and commitment to making a difference, improving opportunity and promoting independence for this client group. I quickly progressed to being a Team Leader, before going on to university to do a degree in Learning Disability Nursing.
I have worked in senior nursing roles for the last 13 years in secure services, prison services and NHS forensic mental health and learning disability services. And started working at Deanston house in January 2020.
Throughout my career i have gained extensive experience in working with person centred approaches in the care of individuals with learning disabilities & mental health, who have complex needs and behaviour that is challenging, with the aim of achieving the best outcomes through effective leadership and management. I feel that seeing that person from the assessment stage through to achievement of their personal goals and developing life skills is the best reward.
I joined Swanton Care and Community in July 2019 as Interim Regional Director and became Registered Manager of Southfields a short time later. I have over 18 years operational management experience across all sectors of health and social care in Scotland.
Professionally, I remain a Registered Mental Health nurse and as such I also lead and coordinate our Mental Health First Aiders across all of our services nationally. My drive is to lead and support my team to provide person led care through empowering the people we support to achieve their potential and aspirations in life. We work in collaboration with all our partners to provide the absolute best service we can.
As a former Scots Guardsman and having been an Adult Volunteer with the Army Cadet Force for several years, it is important to me, to make a difference in young people’s lives.
I became a Chief Operating Officer in July 2022, prior to this I was Regional Director to Values In Care for 2 years. During my time in the social care sector, I have gained a wealth of experience, starting my career as a young Support Worker in 2003, progressing through roles such as Keyworker, Manager and Area Manager.
I have loved gaining qualifications along the way, including a Level 5 in Leadership and Management and an ILM Level 5 (The Institute of Leadership and Management), this has helped me to support the people in our care to have a better quality of life. I also have a keen interest in Positive Behavioural Support and am continuing my learning by undertaking a Diploma in this specialist area.
During my 19 years in the social care sector, I have always worked in complex homes for people with learning disabilities and autism, leading and directing teams to ensure we offer the best care possible to the people we support. Growing organically has ensured that I have great knowledge, experience and understanding in the care sector.
The Service consists of 20 beds across independently staffed suites. Each suite has its own lounge/diner with kitchenette and a range of other communal areas being available including a gym, skills kitchen and numerous activity areas.
Each suite has been designed so that they can be more homely and focused on individual need
Ground Floor: Haldane Suite consists of 6 en-suite bedrooms
Ground Floor: Haldane studio apartments consist of two single person apartments
First Floor: Buchanan Suite consists of 6 en-suite bedrooms
Second Floor: Muir Suite consists of 6 en-suite bedrooms
All suites can be accessed via a lift or stairs.