New Head Nurse
Athelstan House welcomes Sophie Sawyer
Sophie is a new recruit to the Trust, having started at Athelstan House as Head Nurse in the spring.
Part of Sophie’s role as clinical lead is to liaise with the GP surgery to ensure residents are receiving the highest standards of care. She has been humbled by the high quality person-centred care residents are receiving from the team who know so much about them and their lives.
Sophie says the reason she chose to work for OSJCT is because the Trust is a not-for-profit organisation and the ethics of a care provider are very important to her. She also wanted to work for OSJCT because of the opportunities afforded in terms of developing the care services the home could provide by introducing new initiatives in dementia care, for example. The Trust also offers opportunities for professional development and great career progression.
One way she feels she has already made a difference as a nurse is by taking every opportunity to develop her skills. She has sought out training and kept up to date on current research to ensure she always provides high quality, person-centred care in line with best practice. She is passionate about providing holistic care, catering to not only physiological needs, but also mental health, wellbeing and spiritual needs.
Sophie chose to work in the care home sector because of the feeling of pride she gets, knowing she has been able to be a part of making a difference for those in her care. She works with residents for long periods of time and gets to know all about their lives, hear their stories and uses this to provide person-centred care. She says she is in the privileged position of being able to build relationships with individuals and their families and to ensure continuity of care.
Welcome to Athelstan House Sophie!