Joanna qualified as a State Enrolled Nurse in 1982. She then did a post registration course at Greenwich Hospital and qualified as a Registered General Nurse working on the Gynaecology unit. She then pursued Registered Mental Nurse Training at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry and qualified in 1991. Joanna stayed at the hospital for 5 years rising to the post of Junior Charge Nurse on an open Forensic ward. In 1996 she returned to her native North Wales to work as a Community Psychiatric Nurse with Old Age Adults. Joanna has worked with the elderly in both the private sector and the NHS. In 2003 she took a position at Gloucester Royal Hospital on an acute medical ward, where she progressed to Junior Sister. Joanna then managed a 20 bed Nursing Home in North Wales for people living with Dementia. In 2009 she returned to Gloucestershire to take up the position of the Manager of the Cotswold Unit.
She has completed Dementia link worker training which inspired her to complete the Dementia Leadership Programme. She recently completed the "Train the Trainer" training and this enables her to deliver Health Education England Tier 1 Dementia training to all Horsfall House staff.
Joanna leads a team of motivated, caring and well-trained staff who deliver the best possible care to our residents. She really enjoys her job and finds new challenges every day and feels privileged to be a part of our resident’s lives.
Her mother Hazel is a resident on the unit and has lived there for 2 and half years. Joanna said "sometimes it can be difficult having two different roles to play being a daughter and a relative and managing the unit but the reality is the Cotswold unit is the best place mum could be all the staff are so loving and caring mum is very happy and as relative that means a lot."
When not at work Joanna enjoys reading, quizzes and relaxing in front of the TV as well taking advantage of the amenities and events on offer in Cheltenham.
The last official "Clap for Carers" on Thursday 28th May was attended by a mixture of locals, relatives and off duty staff who came quite a way to clap for us. Relatives came from Cirencester, Dursley and Slimbridge. Thank you.
Below is a photo gallery of what our Residents have been up to in the last couple of weeks. They made the spring board pictured above, They also have been making tissue flowers, snail craft and enjoying walks in the garden. It has also been National Smile month and we incorporated that into our activities.
Our residents had a lovely afternoon outside in the court-yard to celebrate the
75th Anniversary of VE Day.
Carol Wakefield one of our Staff members also held a raffle to raise funds for Longfield Hospice and she managed to raise £275
As promised please see the celebration pictures below.
AM - Cards and flower Arts and Crafts
PM - Crossword
AM - Planting pots in garden
PM - Table skittles
AM - Planting pots in garden
PM - Music quiz
AM - Tissue Flowers Arts and Crafts
PM - Crossword and shopping trolly game
AM - Beauty Session, nail painting
PM - Hand massage
AM - Music on TV
PM - Queens garden DVD
To all Staff on the Cotswold Unit. As the first anniversary of Mum (Beryl's) death approaches I've thought of you all a lot. I imagine that the Coronavirus is putting you all under soo much stress and making life difficult for you and the residents in the unit. I miss my visits to Horsfall. Its such a happy, friendly place and you are all so supportive of families and the residents. Good luck in dealing with the challenges of the coming months. Best wishes to you all. With love from Claire and family.
To all the staff at Horsfall House. Thank you so much for all the loving care you gave to Fred while he was with you and also to us, his family.. You made the day of his death so much easier for all of us. A very grateful family, Heather, Mandy and Rachel.