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“One of the nicest places I have ever worked”

At the beginning of Covid-19 we knew we would need to recruit extra staff to make sure we could provide the necessary care during this testing time, however long it goes on for.

We were successful in recruiting and brought a handful of new people onboard. There were new roles and some with multiple responsibilities. One of our new team members Corrine, joined us to help out across three departments. The benefit of this, is that by having someone help out in multiple areas, we are reducing the number of people who need to come in to Birtley House. To further reduce any risk, these different shifts take place on alternative days.

A business owner herself, Corrine had never considered a career in Care. She admits it was one of the last things she would consider. Corrine came to us sceptically upon recommendation from a friend. Within a few weeks of working for Birtley, she now has a completely different view of what goes on in a Care Home.

Prior to joining us Corrine was once a hairdresser, a bakery manager for 15 years – a job which she also really enjoyed – and now has her own laundry & cleaning business. When asked what she liked about Birtley, Corrine said that she enjoyed the fact that the Directors get to know everyone. She described Birtley as lovely, and the nicest place she has ever worked. And she couldn’t believe that she was having that experience in such unusual circumstances such as Covid-19.