Meet the Woodhorn Park 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:

Sarah Patterson

General Manager

Hi, my name is Sarah, and I am the General Manager here at Woodhorn Park. Welcome to our website!

I was previously part of the senior care team here at Woodhorn Park. I commenced my career as a are assistant in 2001 and progressed to becoming a Senior Carer 6 in 2021.

I gained my NVQ Level 2 & 3 in qualifications during this time, in addition to a dementia and person-centred care qualification. I enjoy all aspects of my job role, especially leading a team in the delivery of high quality, person-centred care, ensuring we make a difference in an individual's life.

Emma Saunders


Hello, my name is Emma Saunders and I am proud to be the Administrator here at Woodhorn Park.

Previously, I worked as a commercial manager for Sainsbury's, prior to transferring to administration, as I enjoy working alongside people. I have achieved an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration and NVQ Level 5 in Management and Team Leading.

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Jeanette Williamson

Team Leader

Hello, my name is Jeanette, and I am proud to say that I have been a part of the team since 2001 as a Team Leader. I commenced my career at Woodhorn Park as a Senior Care Assistant and Activities Coordinator, eventually progressing to the role of Team Leader.

I am passionate regarding high standards of the care and resident well-being. I enjoy seeing the transformation of an individual due to companionship and feeling valued. I lead the team by example and support new members of the team.

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Anna Foster

Activities Coordinator

We all know that keeping active is important. We have created a wonderful culture within the home and we work together to give residents the best possible experience. We are here to ensure that residents enjoy an environment that is both stimulating and socially active. We ensure the team knows each residents' preferences, so that we can deliver a person-centered program of events and activities. Essential to our homely feel is the strong relationships of trust we build with residents and their families and friends. The home also has its very own minibus for our numerous outings for coffee and shopping, which residents love.

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Emma Davison

Senior Carer

I joined Barchester Healthcare in June 2008 as a Care Assistant. I thoroughly enjoyed looking after the Residents and spending time chatting to them and doing daily activities.

I later gained my NVQ’s and BTech Level 2 in Dementia Care and in 2009, I completed my medication course and was promoted to Senior Carer.  With this newly promoted role, I gained a lot of knowledge on Care Planning and other daily activities that helps me look after the Residents on a daily basis.  I continue to enjoy my job and enjoy any training that helps with my continued development that enhances the delivery of great Quality of Care to my Residents within the Home.

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Cheryl Thompson

Head Housekeeper

My name is Cheryl and I am the Head Housekeeper here at Woodhorn Park – and I have enjoyed my role since 2012.

I take great pride in maintaining high standards of cleanliness throughout our home. I strive to maintain Individual resident abilities and support those who wish to continue to take an active part in household duties, such as setting the tables, dusting and putting their laundry away. I want their home to be a ‘home from home’ and I am very proud to be a part of their daily lives.

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Bob Clark

Head of Maintenance

Hello, my name is Bob and I am the Head of Maintenance at Woodhorn Park – a post that I have held since 2006.

I have achieved qualifications in plumbing, electrical systems, painting & decorating and joinery, in addition to a Barchester NVQ qualification.

In my spare time, I am a Class 2 Chef in the Army Reserves, so when I am not at work, you can find me cooking up a meal in the middle of a field for a small army of hungry people

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Ailsa Haley

Senior Carer

Hi My name is Ailsa, I have been working in the care sector since I was 16 years old. I have gained my NVQ 2 in Health and Social care and I am working towards my NVQ 3. I have completed my medication course and I looking forward to joining Woodhorn Park to work on Nightshift. I love my job and ensure that residents receive person centred care and support to enrich their lives.

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Kevin Penrose

Head Chef

Hi, my name is Kevin and I am the homes Head Chef. I have always worked in the hospitality sector and bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the home. I have worked in a restaurant as a kitchen porter, progressing my way through the ranks to sous chef.

I  transferred my skills into the care sector and joined Barchester at Station Court as a kitchen assistant before becoming second chef and joining Woodhorn Park as Head Chef in August 2021. I am looking forward to spending time getting to know residents and providing nutritional food for them as part of a positive dining experience.

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Kelsey Smith

Head of Memory Lane Community

Hi, My name is Kelsey, I started my career as a care assistant in 2013 progressing to become a Senior Care and I am excited to start my role as head of Memory Lane Community. I have completed my level 2 & 3 NVQ in health and social care and my dementia training. In 2019 I was awarded the divisional dementia champion for the North in the Barchester Healthcare Awards. I will always strive to deliver and support our team to give the best person centred care every day to every resident.

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Claire Thornton

Senior Care Assistant

Claire has worked in the care sector since she was 16 years old starting out as a kitchen assistant working her way through her NVQ’s to level 5 and was a deputy manager before leaving the sector for a short time when she had her daughter. Claire is looking forward to joining the team at Woodhorn Park enhancing the lives of our residents.

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Life at our homes booklet

Read our brochure ‘Life in our home. Providing care through coronavirus’ for more information on how we’re here to help you and your loved one.

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Food & Nutrition

Food and nutrition

We offer a constantly evolving menu that caters to the tastes and dietary requirements of those we support.

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Activities & Events


Our activities programme is planned with individual tastes in mind, and residents always have the opportunity to try new and exciting things.

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Care & Facilities

Care and facilities

Our facilities are designed to the highest standards and the care we provide is delivered by passionate and highly-trained professionals.

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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

01670 751 476

All other calls

01670 812 333

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.

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