Meet the Camellia House Care Home team

Our staff are what hold the home together. Each one of these team members are dedicated to providing high quality care and services to those we support, and ensuring that residents enjoy all aspects of life at our home. See below to meet some of our friendly faces:

Ranjit Karavadr

General Manager

Hi, my name is Ranjit, and I am General Manager here at Camellia House. Welcome to our website!

I have worked within the care sector since 2012 and I am very passionate about my role and responsibilities. Right from the beginning, I knew that this was where I belonged.

Over the years, I have completed an array of training and qualifications up to and including National Diploma Level 5 in Leadership and Management within Health and Social Care. I am continually looking for ways I can improve my knowledge, skills and my own personal development so that I can move up the ladder within the sector and within Barchester.

I joined Barchester in 2019 as the General Manager of Camellia House, and I have really enjoyed getting to know the company, the care home, the staff, the residents, their families and friends.

I aim to ensure, as a team, that we continue to deliver a high standard of person-centred care to those we support, placing them at the heart of everything we do and meeting individual needs with the passion and commitment they deserve.

I am very proud of everything I have achieved, but one of my greatest accomplishments is changing my previous home's CQC rating from 'Inadequate' to 'Requires Improvement' as an overall rating but with gaining 3 Good’s and 2 Requires Improvement within 7 months of commencing my employment.

I feel honoured to have spent my entire career doing what I love the most and feel that there is nothing more rewarding than going home at the end of the day knowing you have made a difference to a person’s life.

Kelly Salmons

Administrator

I started working at Camellia House in 1990 as a Care Assistant and from there I worked my way up to become a senior carer. I was also one of the home's in-house trainers where I enjoyed encouraging new staff to flourish in our home.

I am now the home administrator. I got to this position through hard work and dedication. I enjoy working at Camellia House with all my hard-working colleagues, lovely residents and their families.

I get to meet people from all different walks of life. At Camellia House, no two days are the same, every day brings a new challenges which is what keeps me busy and enjoying my job. The thing I enjoy most about my job is knowing we are all working as a team to make a difference to our resident's lives, that feeling is irreplaceable.

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Linda Wilkie

Activities Coordinator

I have worked in this home for nearly 30 years, so it is very much part of my life. I started as a part-time Domestic when my children were small and, as time has gone by, I have become a Senior Carer and the Activities Coordinator.

I have NAPA and OOMPH qualifications, as well as an NVQ Level 3 Health and Social Care.

I am very passionate about my role, as it is very important to us as a team that every individual is able to live the life they wish, feeling fulfilled in their mind, body and soul, maintaining past hobbies, yet have the opportunity to try new experiences.

I have built up a very good rapport with our team, our residents, family and friends, and I have built many links with the local community, which all help the residents get the most out of life at Camellia House.

I enjoy every day; the smiles on the faces I see are reward for doing a job I love.

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Zena Salmons

Receptionist

I first began my journey at Camellia House in 2017, where I was doing volunteering as part of my Duke of Edinburgh Award. I then decided to take on the receptionist role on a bank basis, as I enjoyed my time in the home so much.

Recently I was offered the job on a part-time basis, so that I could continue studying Business Administration at university whilst having a part-time job which was flexible.

My role as a receptionist has encouraged me to grow as a person. I am passionate about providing a friendly, caring service and I enjoy building a rapport with the residents and their families.

Here at Camellia House, no two days are the same, my role is very varied and this is what I enjoy the most. I feel privileged to offer help to families and support to our residents in what can be a very difficult and emotional time.

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Lilia Espina

Nurse

I came to England in April 2002 and had my adaptation period. When I got my pin from MNC I applied to Camellia House as an RGN in December 2002. I’ve worked here for 7 years. I left in January 2010 and came back in April 2015 until present.

My role as an RGN is to support my manager and to work with my colleagues to provide outstanding care to our residents.

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Trudy Presland

Head Chef

I joined Camellia House in July 2019, having previously worked in a child care setting as a catering manager for 22 years. I have always been in catering, which adds up to over 40 years of experience.

At Camellia House, I have a passion for food, ensuring the residents are always well catered for. I pride myself in getting to know our residents and their particular preferences and dietary requirements. I love using fresh seasonal produce in planning varied and exciting menus. I am fortunate to be part of a great kitchen team.

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Phillip Bartlett

Head of Maintenance

I have worked here since 2004. I enjoy working at Camellia House with all of my colleagues, residents and their families. Every day is a joy to come to work. My job doesn’t feel like work; we have fun and laughs every day.

I deal with most of the breakdowns on-site and work alongside contractors to ensure the home runs smoothly, and above all, is safe at all times. I go out of my way to help everyone and to ensure they are as happy as possible.

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Kunlaya Slatford

Head of Housekeeping

 I have worked here since January 2012. Within my role, my main responsibility is to ensure a clean, tidy and safe environment is maintained at all times and take responsibility for laundry services.

In order to achieve this, I manage a team of excellent staff. We all work together as a team to ensure high standards are achieved. I am proud to lead such a hardworking and involved team of people. 

I am passionate about my job role and I love interacting with our residents and their families. I ensure that the highest levels of cleaning and laundry services are provided at all times to match the high quality of care received in our home and to ensure residents are happy.

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What happens now?

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01920 644624

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01920 467508

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