Our Clinical Lead Sam Humphries joins us with exceptional experience in care work, learn all about her below!
Having successfully interviewed for the role of Clinical Lead we welcome Sam to our Blenheim House family! Sam will lead our teams of carers and nurses whilst also assisting our Home Manager in general functions of the home.
We asked Sam about her care career journey and her initial thoughts about her new role.
Hi Sam, congratulations on your new role at Blenheim House, can you tell us a little more about your care career to date?
I’m thrilled to be here at Blenheim House! I studied at the University of West of England as Bachelor of Science in Mental Health Nursing, but before that I had enjoyed a long history in care work. From the start of my career, I became determined to be an advocate for vulnerable older adults, working in my first care home in 2011.
After graduating in 2017 I worked in a 16 bed acute ward for patients who came under the Mental Heath Act. In this role I I worked with Psychologists, Doctors, Occupational Therapists and Art Therapists to create treatment plans to improve their current level of mental health.
I feel I have a well rounded understanding of care roles having been a part time and a full time nurse previously. I also have a Distinction in Leadership and Management so when I saw the role at Blenheim House I saw it as a perfect marriage between my experience, my passion and my ambition to progress within the care industry.
That’s brilliant, and your passion for caring for people really shines though, can you tell us more about your empathy for others and how your role will benefit our residents?
I initially found my love for older adults whilst working as a part time nurse. I am extremely empathic person and am driven to understand the varied needs of residents residing in a care home. I love to find a strategy that best fits the individuals’ treatment needs and really love the person centered aspects of caring for others. Understanding cognitive impairment, dementia and the plethora of comorbidities that run alongside older adult care fascinate me.
And your role will now include leading our brilliant team of carers and nurses, what aspects excite you most about that?
What an honour it is to be amongst such talented and caring professionals! In my short time here so far it’s obvious what a fantastic job our carers and nurses do, my aim is to make sure they feel supported and have a clear vision for their own careers and of course continuing to offer the very best in care 24 hours a day.
I’ll also be liaising with our external services and referral agencies, making sure our currently relationships maintain their strength and helping our Home Manager in wider aspects of the home.
It sounds like you are raring to go! What were your initial thoughts of Blenheim House?
I feel blown away by everyone’s kindness, all of the staff and residents have made me so welcome. After accepting the role I wanted to spend some time really getting to know the home, learning about its many facets and speaking to residents themselves. Blenheim definitely has the best “feeling” of all the care homes I’ve worked in, and what beautiful surroundings, the home itself is jaw-droppingly beautiful!
Well it’s great to have you onboard Sam! Can you tell us a little about you outside of work?
Outside of work I am a mum of one, my son is the light of my life and being a family person I love to spend as much time with them as I can. I’m also a keen artist, before my nursing degree I was a painter and love portraiture- capturing the essence of the person is intriguing to me.
See below for one of Sam’s amazing portrait paintings!
I am really keen into running and Yoga too, I think mindfulness is so important and can be often overlooked.
Thanks for your time Sam and welcome to Blenheim House!
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