The Caring Times interview

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

*Southern Cross Healthcare’s chief executive PHILIP SCOTT was the recipient of the Care Personality 2006 award sponsored by P&G Professional. The former nurse spoke with _Caring Times_ editor Geoff Hodgson about past achievements and future challenges.* *How and when did you first become involved in long term care* Having trained as a nurse many years ago, part of that training included time spent in elderly care wards within NHS hospital environments. While the NHS has externalised most of its elderly service provision today, 20 years ago it was a material provider of long-term care beds. After spending some time as a staff nurse in the NHS, I left and joined the independent sector as a care home manager. *What were the early challenges and issues when you first became involved in long term care?* What obstacles had to be overcome? Some of the obstacles are still the same today. Other healthcare professionals believed anyone working in the independent sector could not possibly be capable of providing a pro

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