Meet the South Chowdene 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:

Katie Searle

General Manager

Hi, I am the General Manager her at South Chowdene - welcome to our website!

I am proud to say that I am a dedicated, qualified nurse and I am fortunate to be in a position to lead such a wonderful staff group. I have worked in healthcare since I was 19 and started out as a healthcare assistant in the QE hospital. Previously, I worked for a specialist neuro brain injury unit as the nurse in charge. We provided complex nursing care for residents, as well as rehabilitation and palliative care. I then trained as a nurse assessor for CHC.

I love my role at South Chowdene and take great pride in supporting the team. The nurses and staff are a dedicated and well-established group, and are all very proactive. I am currently extending the roles of the care staff and focusing on their further training and development. I have always lived locally to the care home, so I have a good knowledge of the area. I have 2 children and attended Newcastle College for A levels and Northumbria University for nurse training.

Allow our warm, welcoming, family feel to greet you, as I am sure you will find that we are ideally suited to meet your needs now and in the future.

Maria Pegram

Deputy Manager

I am a qualified nurse with a variety of experience ranging from care of the elderly to orthopedics and more recently, I working as a Practice Placement Facilitator.

I have a passion for education and thrive from supporting those who are keen to learn and get as much out of the placement as they possibly can. I have established a good working relationship with both the local University and College and I am proud to say we support those students who wish to follow their dreams and become nurses in the future.

I love working at South Chowdene as a Deputy Manager as we have a fabulous team who are more like an extended family rather than members of staff.

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Clare Lambert-Gardiner

Home Administrator

Hi, my name is Clare and I am the home administrator here at South Chowdene.  I have worked for Barchester for over 11 years and in my role I deal with all aspects of the administration of the home to ensure it runs smoothly, from invoicing, ordering, recruitment, setting up contracts, to manning the telephones, there's never a dull day!

Before becoming the homes administrator over 7-years ago, a role my Mother also held.  I spent a number of years as activities coordinator. South Chowdene is more than a workplace to me, it is my second home and family. Even so much my sister now works here as a RGN and my eldest daughter is a Care Assistant here.

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Barbara Reacher

Head Chef

Hi, My name is Barbara Reacher and I have been Head Chef here at South Chowdene since 2012.  I am very passionate about my work and no 2 days here are the same. I take pleasure in seeing the Resident’s enjoying their meals and meeting all of their dietary needs whilst ensuring each Resident has a positive dining experience each day.

I have 3 grown up children and 4 grandchildren who I love spending my spare time with.

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Niki Powell

Activities Coordinator

I arrange meaningful activities for all of our residents based on their likes and interests. I love sharing fun times with our residents, their families and with staff. I thoroughly enjoy chatting with residents about their hobbies/interests as well as reminiscing in small groups.

Our activities extend beyond the home with trips to places of interest, places residents have enjoyed throughout their lives eg. Seaside, parks, garden centers, as well as craft/ art workshops at libraries and general interest talks around the area.

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Susan MacDonald

Head Housekeeper

Hi, my name is Susan MacDonald and I am Head Housekeeper here at South Chowdene.

I have worked here for many years in different roles, from Care Assistant through to Housekeeper. I firmly believe in the ‘whole home approach’, so I continue wherever possible to work in different departments, and maintain my training in each. Here at South Chowdene, we are whatever residents and their loved ones need us to be at that moment; we are family and we work as one, which creates a lovely environment for those who live here. I love getting to know those we support and their loved ones.

I have a keen interest in health and safety, so I am also the Health and Safety Champion.

I take great pride at Chowdene; it truly is a home from home. I am always touched when I look around and the residents, their loved ones and staff are dancing around in a beautiful, clean safe home, knowing that I’ve contributed to that.

My daughter comes into the home regularly and residents love seeing her.

Please come in and have a look; I’d love to meet you!

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Bev Fitzpatrick

Nursing Care Assistant

Hi, my name is Bev, and I started working at South Chowdene in 2004. I work as a nursing care assistant, and I love all aspects of my job, but I am most passionate about supporting people who are living with dementia. I am a Dementia Champion, as well as a Dignity Champion, and I also hold a diploma in health and social care.

I am a proud grandmother and love bringing the babies into work to see residents and their loved ones, which they both love.

I truly believe South Chowdene is the best home around, and because we all genuinely value and respect those we support, residents love living here. 

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Members of the Care team

Members of the Care Team

We are members of the care team here at South Chowdene. We thoroughly enjoy looking after the residents and spend time chatting to them and doing daily activities. We continue to develop our skills to support our residents on a day-to-day basis.

What happens now?

Are you ready to discuss your individual care requirements? Pick up the phone and talk to us, book a visit to our care home or come and take a look around our facilities.

Care enquiries

New care enquiry phone lines are open 8am - 8pm

0191 5029 554

All other calls

0191 4910 861

Our fees and contract

We want to be as transparent as possible about how we charge for the different services we provide as well as what’s included in our contract. Please click the links below to find out more about our fees and contract.

Useful downloads

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