“My name is Lynne Hewitt and I am the Registered Manager - Care Homes, at Enham Trust. I have worked here for thirteen years”.
A career move
I started out in care in my late thirties. In 1997 we moved to Salisbury from Scotland and I decided to go for a job in a local elderly care home. I completed my NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care and then began working for Mencap where I supported seven ladies with learning disabilities. After some time there I was ready to progress to my NVQ level 3 and I saw an advertisement for a Personal Assistant with Enham Trust, included in the job spec was mention that they would support the completion of the NVQ 3.
Progression at Enham Trust
I was really pleased to be offered the job at Enham Trust as it meant I could undertake training to help me develop my career in care. Within three months of joining Enham Trust I was promoted to Senior PA, I was ecstatic with the promotion; I really wanted the job because I had enough responsibility to make a difference, and deliver better care. During my time at Enham Trust it has been fantastic seeing Enham Trust change direction to focus on the importance of PCP and the power of yes; and being able to oversee the changes as leader throughout it all, gives me a real buzz. Now, as the Registered Manager – Care Homes, I look after 70 staff and 57 residents.
PCP is all about the individual. It’s about finding out what the client wants to do and making it happen; from what time they want to get out of bed to living in the town centre. I always think of it from my own perspective; I can make a decision or choice - where I want to go shopping, if I want to meet with friends, even when I do (or don’t do) my housework. For people who live with a disability there have traditionally been many barriers to achieving this level of independence and through PCP we want to break down these barriers to enable every individual we support to live the life they choose.
Changed my life
Coming to Enham Trust has changed my life; notably for the progression I have achieved in the last 13 years. My role has changed with promotions and I have more responsibility. Enham Trust has given me a career; I’m not going anywhere, I’m committed to this job. The progression opportunities and training available at Enham Trust have given me motivation to stay. Being here is proof that you can progress in one organisation. There are people who come into this field and want to make a career out of it and here you really can. Enham Trust has supported all of my job related training I have undertaken training to develop me as a leader such as my Registered Managers Award, but I have also had the opportunity to develop my skills to provide better support for our residents; for example I have completed a qualification in end of life care. I also have the chance to be a part of the wider Enham Trust community and am a member of the housing committee and I am a safeguarding officer.
Come on board
If you are thinking about applying for a position at Enham Trust, come on board! You will never work at a place like this. If you want to get into care, Enham Trust is the place to be because we are leading the way in Person Centred Planning (PCP). All of our staff are working to achieve Enham Trust’s goals to support disabled people to live the lives they choose.”