I am the Director of Dementia Care at Barchester Healthcare. I work with a team of 7 specialists to support over 160 care homes that care for people living with dementia. I won a Lifetime Achievement award in Dementia Care in 2014 and I’m the author of Developing Excellent Care for People Living with Dementia in Care Homes. I hold a Master of Science Degree in Business Research and have recently worked alongside the team to develop a new programme of dementia care delivery to enhance dementia care called 10-06-06 which has achieved some incredible outcomes for people living with dementia.
I have worked in the field of Dementia Care for over 25 years and have held numerous roles within local authorities, voluntary and the private sector. I am passionate to ensure that those individuals living with Dementia are provided with a quality first class dementia service that is truly holistic and person centred. I am qualified as a Dementia Care Mapper Trainer for the University of Bradford as well as holding a Post Graduate in Dementia Studies.
I started work as a Cadet Nurse at the age of 16 and went on to student nurse training at Chase Farm Hospital, in Enfield. I joined Seward Lodge as a staff nurse in 1987, which was one of the first NHS purpose built dementia care facilities. I worked my way up to the position of nursing Sister at Seward Lodge before moving into the private adult social care sector. It was at Seward Lodge that my interest in dementia was ignited. For almost 30 years I have remained in the speciality of dementia care as a Head of Unit, Deputy Home Director, Home Manager, nurse trainer and Dementia Care Specialist.
I qualified as a nurse over 20 years ago and have worked in various roles within the private sector including a role as Head of a Complex Dementia Unit in North East England. I now work within a team as a Dementia Care Specialist for Barchester.
I have worked within care industry for just over 25years; I started out as a carer looking after people with learning disabilities and sensory impairments. I have worked in and managed many different types of care services including a home for people recovering from drug and alcohol dependency, a care home for deaf blind people, as well as various residential services for the elderly. I have always returned to my passion and that is the care of people living with dementia. I have a couple of family members living with dementia so I feel I have a good understanding of the sort of pressures faced by families and carers. I have been working as a dementia care specialist for several years and I really enjoy supporting our homes to offer the highest possible specialist dementia care for our residents/their families and the staff teams.
I have been in the nursing profession since the age of 16 years and I have spent most of my career working in Mental Health services. I have spent the last 30 years specialising in Elderly Care and in particular Dementia. The passion of Dementia Care continues to inspire me today. I am very thankful that my career journey with Barchester Healthcare has provided an opportunity to work alongside others who share a dedication to developing care for people living with dementia.
Deena is a Dementia care specialist working as part of Barchester Healthcare Dementia care support team. Deena has worked in various roles within the private sector over the past 30 years. A Triple Care-Award Winner with a recognised teaching qualification, developing and delivering training packages, supporting staff teams in enhancing the well-being of residents living with Dementia.
I have worked with people living with dementia since the age of 16 as a care assistant. Finding a passion for this area of specialty I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 2007 and later completed a Master’s of Science degree in Dementia Care, in 2012. I have worked in a number of roles in the private sector, including, Nurse, Head of Unit, Deputy and General Manager. Over the last few years however, I have worked as a consultant/specialist in the area and worked in Brisbane, Australia for nearly two years.
Wherever it may be in the world, I will always have a strong desire to help improve care standards and the lives of those affected by dementia.