In a new series of articles, we meet Springhill Care Home’s team.
Donna Greenhalgh is a team leader about to embark on training to become an assistant practitioner.
My journey with Springhill began not long after I had finished school at the age of 16 when I started working at Springhill House, now Springhill Care Home on a youth training scheme.
Working with Springhill brings around so many opportunities – before having a family, I worked my way up to senior health care assistant, but after having twins at the age of 21, I decided to put my career on hold.
I returned to Springhill Care Home in December 2009 and have since been promoted to team leader. I’m now looking forward to starting the assistant practitioner course in September which is a level five course that is undertaken over two years.
I have gained valuable experience working in all areas at Springhill, but I currently work in the Springwood dementia suite - this is where my passion for person centred dementia care lies.
Taking on this new challenge will allow me to gain more knowledge which will enhance my role in the dementia suite and allow residents, and my colleagues to benefit from my newly acquired skills.
The most rewarding part of my role is working directly with residents and being part of their lives. I feel very lucky to help care for the people who live here – it often feels like we are part of a big family.
I strongly believe in individuality and I aim to treat each person I care for with the utmost respect.
I feel after 28 years in care, I’ve had the Springhill values of kindness, respect, dignity and compassion instilled into me right from the start – these values still stand true throughout the group today.
By Donna Greenhalgh
Team Leader, Springhill Care Home