Council Appoints New Adult Care Manager

Park House

Park House

The Council has appointed a new Adult Social Care Manager.

He’s a qualified social worker who currently works for Cambridgeshire NHS Trust and will be moving to Scilly in August, ready to start in early September.

The job has been carried out by interim manager, Dr Clive Acraman, since the departure of Jonny Lawrence-Roberts in January.

The new manager will be joining the department in the wake of a poor CQC report on Park House.

At Tuesday’s Community Services meeting, Director of Adult Services, Penny Penn-Howard said the care home had been going through a large period of change following the report and staff members are keen for the inspectors to return so they can show their progress.

She says anyone visiting the facility would see a change in the way it’s run and the relationship between residents and staff. There’s now more laughter and fun in the home, she said.

The Council will start looking for a new manager for Park House this month, following the retirement of former manager, Lesley Burrows, in May.

Penny says they’re also constantly recruiting for care staff as there’s a high turnover. She says that’s because people are always moving on to better jobs in the community.

Cllr Molly Peacock asked if it was because the workers were paid poorly. She said in summer, they could get more money working in a hotel.

But Ms Penn-Howard replied that Scilly pays above the national average and there was no room to go higher.

She said the management could do its bit by supporting care workers and making them feel their job was worthwhile.

Some staff didn’t understand it was fine to sit down and throw a ball around or do a puzzle with residents, as well as the more mundane aspects of the job like making beds and folding linen.

She says that should make the job more rewarding.

Cllr Fran Grottick asked what would happen when grant funding expires in October for the Active Living Co-ordinator, Leonie Jones.

Development Officer, Aisling Hick, says there’s money underspent on another grant, which could be used to employ her for longer, although that decision would be down to councillors.

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