Meet the Orchard House Care Home team
Our wonderful team comprises nurses, carers, activities coordinators, chefs, housekeepers and more. These people are here to ensure that residents enjoy their time at the home and are supported to live life to the fullest. Meet some of our staff below:
Hi, my name is Kim, and I am the General Manager here at Orchard House. Welcome to our website!
I grew up in Scotland and tried many university courses and careers before I settled into nursing at a later stage in life. I worked in hospitality, managed pubs, tried primary teaching and studied English and politics at university. I’ve travelled the world, but eventually decided I needed a career that I could give something back with.
I trained to be a mental health nurse and graduated in 2008, along with two children in tow. My career in Scotland involved working with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour, and I worked my way up the ladder quickly to management. I specialised in positive behaviour support, and loved making a difference to people’s lives.
My family and I made the decision to move to the Isle of Wight in 2017, and that is when I joined Barchester as a peripatetic nurse initially, before being offer the position of deputy manager in 2018 at the Orchards. I love my work here, we have an amazing team and residents, and there are so many opportunities to really care and look after people who deserve that in their later years.
Hello, my name is Chris Brien, I'm a qualified nurse and I am the Memory Lane Unit Manager.
Hello, my name is Claire Daffern and I am Head Chef here at Orchard House. I have been a chef for 30 years now starting aged 15 making quiches for a friend’s pub in Derby. I then went to college and gained my first Head Chef position at just 19! In 2007 my family and I decided to buy a guest house here on the lovely Isle of Wight and successfully ran the business until 2017 when we decided to sell now our family has flown the nest.
I returned to the career I love in particular the visual side of presenting food for residents as we all eat with our eyes, organising the team and managing a kitchen which provides delicious and nutritious food for everyone at Orchard House.
We have a comments book in the dining room for residents and guests, we welcome feedback and I do like to see special requests for a favourite meals or desserts from our residents
Hello, my name is Rebecca Collins, I have worked for Barchester for many years working 13 years at Vecta House and the last two at Orchard House having moved to the island in 1998. I commenced nursing at the age of 18 in Oxford. Once qualified I worked abroad for 5 years.
On my return I worked predominantly on orthopaedic and general surgical wards in London. I worked at Warwick Hospital for 10 years on urology, orthopaedic and day surgery units. I studied numerous courses, the latest being a BA with honours in Sociology major, and health and social policy minor at Warwick University and also qualified as an Aromatherapist and Reflexologist.
I joined Orchard House in August 2019. I am responsible for all finances and administration for the home. I really enjoy spending time with our residents and I love my job role; every day is different.
Outside of work I enjoy spending time with my partner and our lovely little dog.
Hi, I’m Debbie the activities Co-Ordinator at Orchard House. I have worked here since June 2020 and absolutely love my role.
I was a Primary School Teacher for over 20 years and many of my skills have been transferrable to enable me to carry out my role. My main aim is to enrich the lives of our residents and to make them laugh and smile and every day. I also teach belly dance and write children’s books. I am a mother of 4 and a crazy cat lady.
I joined Orchard House in November 2019. This has been a new venture for me, having spent most of my career within childcare and education settings.
I work on reception and support the administration processes within the home. I really enjoy working at Orchard House and love my new role and the opportunities this gives me for being with the residents and their families.
Everyday, I find something new to learn and look forward to continue to develop my knowledge and skills further.
In my spare time I love to keep fit and enjoy walking, running and swimming. I enjoy dance and have taken part in several local carnivals on the Island within a samba dance group.
Hello I'm Helen and a Care Practitioner here at Orchard House
Hello, i'm Sharon and a senior care assistant here at Orchard House
Hello, my name is Teina Barrett and I am a member of the hospitality team here at Orchard House
Hi, I’m Carol King, I am the Hospitality Service Manager at the Orchard House. I have worked here since 2006 and enjoy running the housekeeping and laundry team. I also support the chefs and the kitchen team. I enjoy all the hustle and bustle which comes daily at the Orchard. My hobbies are walking, cooking and a read of a good book.
I have worked for Barchester since 2010, my career at the Orchards started on the Elderly Frail Unit but after 2 years I moved upstairs to our Memory Lane Unit. I really enjoyed my time on both units but a change came up to step up to Maintenance Manger, so now in my new role I get the chance to make our home a lovely homely place for the residents to live. My interests are playing around with my boat, fishing and I’m a very keen VW fan and you can always find me tinkering about on our VW camper van.
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