Gemma Webster began her career in social care six years ago, and in 2021, she joined the team at Ribble View care home in Preston which specialises in supporting younger adults with complex needs.Advertisement
Over the years, Gemma has become a keen advocate of the positive aspects of care work, and is now urging others to continue working in the sector.
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She said: “Before Ribble View, I worked in a residential care home supporting older adults living with dementia. I loved this role, but after five years, I was ready for a new challenge.
“As a specialist nursing home, we often have six or seven Health Care Assistants on each unit. This gives us the time to spend with people and you really get to know them.
“My favourite thing about my role is that we have the time to engage people in the activities that they want to do, especially outside of the home. The people I work with are younger adults, and they’re really active and want to get out and about.
“There’s a great team at Ribble View and I’ve made friends for life. We all work together to make sure the home is a fun place to live and work.
“We have the Ribble View values in the home which outline the behaviours that everyone needs to show. One of the values is team work and I’ve never worked in a place where I’ve felt so included.”
The skills needed to work as a Health Care Assistant at Ribble View are unique. But this doesn’t discount those with little-no experience, as employees are given a thorough induction upon starting.
There is a growing demand for care workers across England, and Gemma’s workplace is no different. Exemplar Health Care’s Ribble View, located on Church Avenue in Preston, is currently recruiting Health Care Assistants and Registered Nurses.
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The home is looking for people who live and breathe their values of fun, integrity, responsive, success and teamwork. Whilst a relevant qualification is desirable; applicants don’t need to have experience to be a Health Care Assistant at the home.
During her time at Ribble View, Gemma has undertaken a variety of training and coaching.
Talking about training and progression within the role, Gemma said: “When you start working at Ribble View, you do an in-depth induction which covers the skills needed to do the role. You’ll also be supported by a ‘buddy’ to help you learn on-the-job.
“The company offers ongoing training and formal qualifications such as diplomas and apprenticeships. Doing these kinds of qualifications can only benefit you and what you’re able to give back within your role.
“With stable and secure employment, and lots of opportunities to progress, a career at Ribble View is ideal for those who are looking for a new role.
“I think if you want a career that’s rewarding and you enjoy helping others, then it’s a no brainer. I finish each day with a sense of achievement, and there’s ample opportunities to progress.”
Ribble View, part of Exemplar Health Care, is keen to hear from anyone who wants to explore a career in care. Visit www.exemplarhc.com for more information and to view current vacancies.
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