Sixty applicants have recently been interviewed for full and part time jobs at the 64-bedroom Waypoints home in Ernesettle and 19 have been appointed, including the new management team.
Home manager Tess Marriott said: “Having this opportunity to create a staff team from scratch, and set high care standards from the outset in a specially-designed home probably comes about once in a career lifetime. It’s a dream job.”
Tess, who has extensive experience in specialist mental health care nursing, said: “I very much identified with the Waypoints philosophy of tailoring our care and services around the needs of our residents, instead of expecting residents to fit in with what we dictate. This will be their home and we are there to support them and respond to their needs. A great deal of attention has been paid to the detail in the building layout and features which is unrivalled in dementia care in this city and will enhance the experience of the residents and their families.”
Key management appointments also include: Allison Bateson as deputy home manager, Chris Parkin as head chef; Danielle Maycox as Finance Officer and April Munton as Housekeeper.
Waypoints Care Group Operations Manager Tony Murley said: “Our recruitment continues in earnest for qualified nurses – Registered General Nurses and Registered Mental Nurses – and we will be looking to appoint more staff in 2013 as the number of residents increase.”
For enquiries about job opportunities at Waypoints Plymouth call 0800 092 1186 or visit www.waypoints-care.co.uk
Alzheimers’ Society ambassador Angela Rippon will be opening Waypoints on 7 December.
The home is only the second of its kind in the country and has been purpose built specifically for residents with dementia – the condition associated with deterioration of the brain function which can affect memory, language, understanding and judgement. The first residents will move in early in January 2013.
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