Kath’s 21 years of achievement in care
For someone who describes herself as “not ambitious” Kath Parkinson, director and manager of Springhill care home in East Lancashire, has pulled off a string of professional and personal successes during the past 21 years.
Not only has Kath, 59, put the Accrington home firmly on the map with a series of awards, but she has also battled serious health problems of her own.
Kath first joined Springhill as a part time book-keeper in January 1986. Three years later she was promoted to the full time post of administrator. In 1996 she became manager and in 2000 was appointed a director of the home, which has tripled in size from a 23-bed unit to today’s 75.
Kath, who has recently gained NVQ 5 in management, has watched with pride as Springhill became only the second nursing home in the country to achieve national five-star status for its facilities and the first in East Lancashire to gain the Investor in People award.
Also under Kath’s direction, Springhill has gained an enviab