Julie Wills RN has been appointed home manager at Canford Healthcare’s Ashridge Court Care Centre in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.
An experienced nurse, Julie also has a qualification in clinical teaching and a humanities degree. Her career has been extremely varied, encompassing hands-on and senior roles within care settings, as well as working as an inspector for her local council and for the National Commission for Social Care Inspection (now CQC) where she managed a team of inspectors across Brighton and Hove. She then worked her way up from part-time nursing shifts to manager of a local nursing home, steering it safely through the pandemic.
Julie said: “It’s very easy to forget that elderly people have had many and varied life experiences and hopes for how they wish their lives to be. We respect their wisdom and experience, and want to help them to live their best possible lives.
“Ashridge is such a lovely home with a good reputation. I want to build on that so that more people see it as the place to be! Alongside that, I want to ensure that staff feel valued, and that they all have the training and support needed to do their very best. I also believe in open, honest communication. For me, good nursing (and good care) is all about communication, while a sense of humour helps too!”
Debbie Inkersole, Operations Manager, added: “We are delighted to welcome Julie as the new manager of Ashridge Court Care Centre. We believe that her particular set of knowledge, skills and experience, together with her person-centred approach to residents, add up to a formidable combination that will take Ashridge from strength to strength.”