Kath’s 21 years of achievement in care


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

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





Comments are closed.


Latest blog posts

Time for a ten dollar answer

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Ernest Hemingway was known for his minimalist style and he used to pooh-pooh what he called “ten-dollar” words. Not to...

Lacking capacity

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

A friend of mine diagnosed with cancer – now, happily, treated – was asked how he could possibly have missed the...

Care homes – understated examples of tasteful design

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Dozens of recently-built care homes are material proof that it is perfectly possible to design aesthetically pleasing buildings and put...