Meet the team
From nurses and carers to chefs and housekeepers, staff in our home are here to deliver high quality care and services to those we support. Check below to meet some of the friendly faces you are likely to see when visiting our home:
Hi, my name is Gail, and I am the General Manager here at Kernow. Welcome to our website!
I am often asked what motivates me to do this job and I always reply that it is an honour to work with a team who are so dedicated to providing the best care possible to our residents.
I am also overwhelmed with pride when I see staff grow in confidence and knowledge; cultivating an environment where staff feel supported to develop is the very important to me.
I am a registered nurse with over 40 years’ experience, I have worked in a hospital, the community and care homes in various roles, from staff nurse to ward sister, CPN to home manager, with a spell in senior management too. I take pride in being a nurse and making a difference.
I am also a trained counsellor and holistic therapist.
Jo is a Registered General Nurse and a qualified counsellor. She has many years of experience working in surgical and medical wards. Jo worked for several years in the community covering the out of hours district nursing service, hospice services and working in the Rapid Response Team in a large city. She was the Dementia Liason Nurse for North Cornwall for two and a half years, specialising in health improvements for people living with dementia and advising NHS and care home staff regarding complex discharges and mental health capacity assessments. Jo has used her Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Person Centred Counselling skills to help staff understand residents displaying distressed reactions. Jo is passionate about improving the quality of life for people living with complex mental health needs. She has always worked to help improve the support for people living with illness and the carers that support them. Jo has won a national award for supporting the work of Memory Cafes and empowering those living with mental health issues. Jo helps the staff at Kernow House audit the care that they give and look for ways to improve it. She supports the team to analyse all accidents and incidents to help to reduce risk where possible. She is responsible for maintaining the Clinical Governance Database and supporting the General Manager in the day to day running of the home. When not at work Jo runs creative writing and poetry workshops to encourage others to be creative. She has helped set up a charity to support people facing funeral poverty. She is currently undertaking a Humanities degree with the Open University. She loves reading, motorbikes, animals and archery.
Leigh is a registered mental health nurse. Prior to becoming a nurse, Leigh spent 13 years as a soldier, serving with a commando unit in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas operations. He became interested in post-traumatic stress disorder and decided to train as a nurse. During his nurse training, Leigh discovered a particular interest in working with dementia and decided to pursue a career in this.
As Clinical Lead, Leigh puts his leadership skills to good use when managing nursing and care staff. He ensures we deliver person-centred care in a therapeutic manner and shares his knowledge with other staff, both within the home and with outside professionals. Leigh is involved in all aspects of the care we provide and is always approachable.
Steph is a registered general nurse with over 10 years of experience working with people with neurological and mental health conditions. She also has experience working with those living with Huntington’s Disease.
As Clinical Lead, Steph works to ensure that residents’ physical and mental health are the very best they can be. She does this by developing and maintaining close working relationships with other clinical staff and community healthcare practitioners and by leading a team of nurses and carers to deliver person-centred care with a strong emphasis on a holistic, therapeutic approach. Steph is always available for residents, families and friends and has a good listening ear.
Tim is covering Steph’s maternity leave and will lead the team of nurses and carers on our Petherwin unit. Prior to becoming Acting Clinical Lead, Tim worked on St. Piran’s here at Kernow. Tim is a RMN, who has a background in working with the mental health community crisis team. He has also worked as a carer, so he has great insight into all aspects of what life is like here and is always approachable.
Jo is a Registered General Nurse as well as a Registered Mental Nurse. She has many years of experience working as a nurse and has a wide range of knowledge from her background working mainly in community based jobs and managing teams. Jo has worked as a nurse on Millaton unit and is currently Acting Clinical Lead covering maternity leave. She is compassionate and empathic and particularly enjoys working with relatives to ensure residents get the best possible care.
Emma is one of our admin assistants. You will see her sitting at the desk by reception where she greets visitors, answers the phone and deals with enquiries. Emma is always happy to help wherever she can. She has returned to Kernow House to a role she had many years ago after a period of time working as a carer in another home, so Emma has lots of experience. She also has a friendly nature and is quick to help.
April works in the office next to the hair dressing salon and is available during office hours. It is April’s job to deal with enquiries, HR, invoicing, payroll, banking and logistics. She is always on hand to help with any questions and she has a great understanding of how the home works. April worked as a carer at Kernow House many years ago, so she is familiar with how the whole home works.
Sue is one of the first people you see, when coming in to Kernow House. She works part of the week and sits at reception, answering the phone and is always doing her very best to help with any enquiries you may have. Sue has lots of experience from working in the NHS business services, local council and housing association. She has a ready smile, an infectious laugh and offers a kind welcome to everyone.
Anna is one of our Activities Coordinators. She has worked at Kernow for many years and has experience working with people of all ages and abilities. Anna enjoys going out on trips and has extensive knowledge of good places to visit. She is also a very friendly person who enjoys organising and taking part in the various activities we organise. Anna has a particular interest in baking and exercising.
Bea has many years of experience working in elderly care and both experience and training in dementia care. She has also worked extensively with people with Huntington's disease. Bea works closely with Anna and our management team, nurses, carers and kitchen team to ensure our home has a vibrant environment with lots of events happening and varied opportunities for having both new and familiar experiences, making sure the people living here lead a rich and fulfilling life.
Sarah is our Occupational Therapist; she has worked at Kernow House since 2010, but she has also worked at other Barchester homes. She works across the whole home with every resident as and when anyone needs her input. Sarah also works closely with other health professionals and promotes independence for those we support. It is Sarah’s job to do seating and wheelchair assessments and generally adapt activities and equipment to each person’s needs in order to promote physical, mental and social well-being.
Will is our Admin Assistant and primarily works at weekends, but you may also meet him during the week if he covers for holidays or training. Will has previously worked in administration for a building company. He is always happy to help where he can. Will is an avid Chelsea supporter and has a keen interest in sports, so he’s always happy to put the world to rights when it comes to football.
Chris is responsible for occupational therapy duties during Sarah Sharland's absence. Chris was on placement at Kernow House whilst studying for an MSc Occupational Therapy (Pre-Reg) course at Plymouth University. Like Sarah, Chris works across the whole home with every resident to improve their health and well-being.
Dan is a chef with a big passion for cooking and previous experience working in restaurants and hotels. He leads a team of chefs and kitchen assistants who are devoted to delivering excellent food for everyone we support. Dan and his team are always very accommodating in meeting anyone's special wishes and take up a cooking challenge willingly and with great enthusiasm.
Tom is a plumber by trade, but he has several years of experience doing general maintenance in nursing homes. Apart from plumbing, he particularly enjoys woodwork and anything electrical. Tom is always on hand to do any job requested of him – and there are many, varied jobs to do. He is also our Health & Safety Champion.
Andrew is our Maintenance Assistant. He has worked in Kernow House for several years as a Carer, so he is well aware of how important good maintenance support is for residents and their loved ones. Andrew likes to be useful and helpful and he has a special interest in gardening and decorating. He will also continue to work as a carer occasionally, so he is a true ‘Jack of all trades’.
Karen is our head housekeeper and leads a dedicated team of housekeepers and laundry assistants, who work tirelessly to keep our home clean and in good order. They also do the laundry and iron resident's clothes with great care.
At home Karen enjoys spending time with her friends and family. She also reads a lot but her greatest passion is DIY.
Alison has worked as a dietician for over 25 years and has a background in the NHS and hospitals, but she has also worked in the community. She has extensive knowledge and experience as a dietician. At Kernow House, she assesses people with regards to nutrition and hydration needs and she provides modified diets as appropriate, sometimes by using supplements or artificial feeding.
Alison works closely with other professionals, especially speech and language therapists and she also works with our catering staff to ensure all residents have a good and balanced diet.
Dr. Stephen Pearson
Dr. Pearson acts as a specialist advisor to Huntington’s Disease at Kernow. He has worked with us in this capacity for many years and is a very experienced clinician. He advises and shares his vast knowledge and expertise in the management of Huntington’s Disease and is accessible to staff and residents via telephone and e-mail, as well as regularly making visits to the home.
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