The clinical lead adopts a ‘hands on’ approach, working with and taking responsibility for the nursing and care assistant teams and applying the highest standards of modern and professional practice. He or she ensures that the home’s policies and procedures are followed, in accordance with relevant legislation, to meet residents’ needs in a person-centred way.
Paula joined the organisation nearly four years ago, fresh from a high-dependency home where she spent 19 years, the last five as manager.
From a very young age Paula wanted to be a nurse. Having grown up in Essex, she trained as a State Enrolled Nurse in Southend, moving to Kent with her policeman husband Peter. Already a trained midwife, Paula soon secured a job in a local hospital. But the stress of combining a heavy workload with three very young children drove her back into general nursing and, eventually, the high-dependency home.
When Paula’s husband took early retirement from the police and with the children already gone, Paula left her manager role to seek a better work-life balance as clinical lead with one of our homes. Day to day, her role involves checking in and ordering medication, catching up with care plans, supervising care and nursing staff and overseeing the units.
She says: “I really enjoy the role. It’ the happiest I’ve been at work for a long time. Everyone’s so friendly and it’s a really good place to work.”
Away from work Paula knits and crochets and enjoys skiing when she can. She’s busy planning her younger daughter’s wedding and looking forward to the arrival of her first grandchild in the summer.