Meet the Kernow House Care Home 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 Leigh, and I am the Deputy Manager acting as General Manager here at Kernow House. Welcome to our website!
I am a registered mental health nurse. Prior to becoming a nurse, I spent 13 years as a soldier, serving with a commando unit in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas operations. I became interested in post-traumatic stress disorder and decided to train as a nurse. During this nurse training, I discovered a particular interest in working with dementia and decided to pursue a career in this.
As Deputy Manager, I put my leadership skills to good use when managing nursing and care staff. I ensure we deliver person-centred care in a therapeutic manner and share my knowledge with other staff, both within the home and with outside professionals.
I am involved in all aspects of the care we provide and I am always approachable.
Tim is a Mental Health Nurse with a background of working in a community crisis team. Tim joined Kernow House in 2017, where he has worked both as a nurse and also as clinical lead on all units. Tim is now leading a team of nurses and carers on St Piran's unit. He strongly believes in promoting and maintaining independence and individuality.
Patrick is a Mental Health Nurse who has lots of life experience, having previously worked as a plasterer, roofer, tiler, a teaching assistant and a carer in a dementia unit.
Patrick decided to train as a nurse and has previously worked with functional mental health in the NHS and BUPA. He has also managed a dementia unit, been a home manager and a regional manager.
Patrick is Clinical Lead on Petherwin, where his door is always open. He enjoys the personal touch and likes to be involved with residents and families. Patrick uses his skill set to improve life enrichment and develop a warm and friendly atmosphere on Petherwin.
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 is compassionate and empathic and particularly enjoys working with relatives to ensure residents get the best possible care.
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.
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.
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.
Sharon is one of a team of admin assistants working at the front desk. Sharon has had a career working for various companies in admin roles. She has a background working in a hotel, an insurance company and in the NHS, where she has organised different clinics, so Sharon has a wealth of experience. She will always help with enquiries and greet you with a friendly hello.
Jackie is one of the admin assistants working at the desk by reception. Jackie works weekends and covers holidays for her colleagues. She is friendly and always willing to help. Jackie has a background working in admin in the NHS and she volunteers for RVS in her free time. She does this by looking after elderly people in the community, so she has lots of understanding and empathy.
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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