Somerset Care is celebrating this month after receiving a national award. Skills for Care named Somerset Care winners of the Best Recruitment Initiatives on Thursday 14th March at a gala dinner. Alyson Martin, Chief Executive, Sue Baverstock, Group Head of HR and Training and Judith Clark, Workforce Learning and Development Manager, attended the ceremony accompanied by Kevin Mellor, Manager of The Halcon Centre and a representative of ‘The Rising Stars’ programme.
One of the reasons Somerset Care received this national award, alongside their diverse recruitment initiatives, was for ‘The Rising Stars Programme’, a management development course, helping members of Somerset Care to progress into Management positions within the company.
Speaking on their achievement, Alyson Martin, said “Our workforce are our greatest asset in ensuring we provide Quality Care and Support, so recruiting the best people and offering training and support to encourage their continued development enables us to retain excellent staff. We are delighted to have won this prestigious national award on behalf of our team.”
With around 250 apprentices employed by Somerset Care we would like to raise awareness for National Apprentice Week. Somerset Care employ apprentices in Care, Administration and Support Services.
Apprenticeships are a great way to begin your career. You earn and learn on the job and at the same time, gain nationally recognised qualifications and enjoy career progression opportunities.
Now in its fifth year, National Apprenticeship Week is the time when all eyes are on Apprenticeships and it’s all about raising the profile amongst employers, individuals, teachers, parents and the media.
When is National Apprenticeship Week?
National Apprenticeship Week 2012 will take place from 6-10 February 2012.
Alongside employing hundreds of apprentices Somerset Care also works along side colleges, such as Strode and Bridgwater College and offer students the opportunity to do their work placements and work experience within Somerset Care.
Somerset Care at Home is pleased to announce that Alison Godwin has been appointed as Community Services Manager for its Bridgwater office.
Alison joined Somerset Care at Home in September 2008 as Deputy Manager for the Frome and Bath area. She starts her new role on Monday 16th January 2012 and said, “I am delighted to have been appointed as Community Services Manager for the Bridgwater office and would like to thank everyone who has supported me over the last few years.”
The Somerset Care Group has announced the appointment of an Assistant Director for residential services.
After a rigorous recruitment process, the Board of the Somerset Care Group were delighted to invite Jane Lynch to become the company’s new Assistant Director for residential services.
Jane started working for the Somerset Care Group in 1991 as a Supervisor at Wyndham House in Minehead. She then went on to manage Croft House in Williton, which was the first home in the company to develop a specialist dementia care wing. Currently working as an Operations Manager, Jane is also the company lead in dementia, having worked closely with Professor Alex Haslam and his team from the Clinical and Social Psychology department at Exeter University, which resulted in the company being presented with a national dementia research award in 2010.
Within the last year Jane has also taken on the role as Quality Assurance Manager, working with a small team to develop a robust company wide QA system.
Speaking on her appointment, Jane said, “I am delighted with my new appointment and look forward to working with our exceptionally talented team of managers.”
Alyson Martin, Chief Executive of the Somerset Care Group, added “Jane has demonstrated many achievements over the years and is highly talented in the field of social care; we look forward to her leading our care home services.”
Jane will assume the position of Assistant Director for residential services from 1st January 2012.
The Somerset Care Group has announced the appointment of an Assistant Director for community services.
After a rigorous recruitment process, the Board of the Somerset Care Group is delighted to invite Chris Humphrey to become the company’s new Assistant Director for community services.
Chris started working for the Somerset Care Group in October 2011 on a two year contract as Service Development Manager for Somerset Care at Home. The role was created to establish reablement across the community based services. Chris is an Occupational Therapist by profession but has most recently worked as a senior manager in Social Care.
Speaking on her appointment, Chris said, “I am delighted to have joined Somerset Care at this time of huge changes in social care and to have been appointed to the role of Assistant Director of community services. I hope my skills and experience, added to that of my colleagues, will help us to rise to the challenges to come.”
Alyson Martin, Chief Executive of the Somerset Care Group, added “Supporting people to live independently in their own homes remains a priority and Chris brings a wealth of expertise from her previous roles to enable our teams to deliver quality community services.”
Chris will assume her position of Assistant Director for community services from 1st January 2012.
Somerset Care is pleased to announce the appointment of Alan Roca (R.G.N) as Deputy Manager of Calway House in Taunton. Alan has worked for the company for five years as a Senior Nurse, and recently joined the company’s rising stars programme. Speaking on his recent appointment Alan said, “I’m so pleased to be starting the new year with a new role at Calway House. I’d like to thank everyone that has supported me throughout the last five years”. Alan will start his new post as Deputy Manager on 2nd January 2012.
The Somerset Care Group has appointed a new Manager at Sydenham House residential home in Bridgwater.
Becki Bidgood has been appointed to the position from her current role as Deputy Manager at Oak Trees, also part of the Somerset Care Group. Becki has been a Deputy Manager for the past three years and replaces Jeanette Martin, who has been appointed to the role of Operations Manager.
Alyson Martin, Chief Executive designate, said, “Becki’s promotion is well deserved and follows Somerset Care’s policy to promote within wherever possible. Sydenham House is the second home in the Group to be managed by a member of the Bidgood family, as her mother Kay manages Greenhill House in Cheddar.”
The Somerset Care Group has appointed a new Nurse Manager at Calway House in Taunton.
Katrina Tant has been appointed to the position from her current role as a Deputy Nurse Manager at the home. Katrina has worked for the organisation for five years and replaces Nurse Manager Verity Underhill, who has been promoted to the role of Operations Manager for the Somerset Care Group.
Alyson Martin, Chief Executive designate, said, “Katrina’s promotion is well deserved. I am sure that Calway House, a highly popular home, will continue to flourish under her leadership.”
The Somerset Care Group has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive.
After a rigorous recruitment process, involving candidates from across the country, the Board of the Somerset Care Group were delighted to invite Alyson Martin to become the company’s new Chief Executive.
Alyson has spent her entire career working in social care, firstly joining Somerset County Council in 1984 as a Care Home Manager. In 1991 Alyson became Director of Somerset Care Ltd when the company was formed, and in 2000 she assumed the role of Director of Care Services for the Somerset Care Group. Alyson is widely known and respected throughout the care industry, and has been Chair of the Registered Care Providers Association for four years where she has made many influential contributions to national and regional organisations. Alyson succeeds Andrew Larpent OBE, who will be taking up the position of Chief Executive for Southern Cross Care in Adelaide, South Australia. Alyson will assume the position of Chief Executive from 1st January 2012.
Speaking about her new appointment, Alyson said, “I am delighted to take up the position of Chief Executive for the Somerset Care Group. It has been a privilege to have been part of the company and see it grow and build in strength and expertise over the last twenty years. I now look forward to leading the company and will endeavour to ensure my time as Chief Executive mirrors the high standards of my predecessor.”
Barrie Dale, Chairman of the Somerset Care Group, added, “On behalf of the Board and staff of Somerset Care I would like to congratulate Alyson on her new position. This is an exciting time for the Group as we say an emotional goodbye and thank you to Andrew, for all of the sterling work he has done in helping to place the company at the forefront of excellence in social care and training. We can now look forward to Alyson spearheading our further development and progress in what would be the third decade of Somerset Care.”