Two of Felixstowe’s residential care homes will be benefitting from enhanced management support following the recent success of their manager, Judith Morgan-Worrall.
Judith who serves as Home Manager for Foxgrove and Maynell House, both situated on the High Road in old Felixstowe, has successfully completed the ‘My Home Life (MHL) Leadership Support Programme’.
MHL is a charitable initiative led by City University in Partnership with Age UK. It is a UK-wide initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change in care homes for older people. Working with care homes, statutory bodies, community organisations and others, they strive to co-create new ways of working to better meet the needs of older people, relatives and staff.
Judith has been managing the Felixstowe homes for 16 months and enrolled in the Leadership Programme to further enhance her knowledge and skills and to help find ways of improving the excellent standard of care at the homes.
The course covers a range of key areas to support and empower managers to create positive cultures in the homes they manage. Over a 12 month period, managers take part in workshops and action learning sets to help them strengthen the relationships between managers, staff, residents and relatives
Foxgrove and Maynell house, which are part of the Healthcare Homes group, have already secured ‘good’ ratings from the Care Quality Commission and Judith hopes the course will equip her with the skills and experience to take the homes to the next level of excellence, achieving the ‘outstanding’ status.
Judith says: “The course truly was an eye opener, it was fantastic. It gave managers time away from the home environment to reflect upon our work. This has helped me think objectively about my leadership style and the culture of care in the homes I manage, so that I can identify realistic solutions to challenges I face.
“I have learnt an incredible amount about myself through attending the programme, and it has already achieved positive results for me and for the homes. By making small changes to the way I manage staff, my team feel valued, and are carrying out even more active roles within the homes.
“The priority in everything we do is the welfare of our residents and the level of care we provide. I am extremely proud of the quality of care delivered in both of the homes I manage, but we will always strive to improve. I am looking forward to implementing the skills I have learnt across the programme to work towards the highest possible standards of care.”