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 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.