Oakham Grange is a beautiful, purpose built care home with nursing, but as lovely as our environment is, it’s the staff which brings this home to life, giving it its distinct personality and vitality.
We are one team made up from many disciplines, skills and backgrounds, but together we make Oakham Grange a very special place.
Hello, my name is Jesamy, and I am the Deputy Manager here at Oakham Grange. I am a Registered Mental Health Nurse, having qualified at Robert Gordon’s University in 2007. I began my career working in Royal Cornhill Hospital in Aberdeen, in a functional assessment ward for those over 65 years of age who were experiencing acute mental health issues. I then moved on to working in a dementia assessment ward, and following that a challenging behaviour ward for gentlemen over the age of 65. Upon my return from maternity leave, I worked in a variety of settings, and then made the move back home to Rutland where I took up a position as a nurse in a care home. I gained the experience and knowledge required to become the Clinical Lead nurse, which I absolutely loved.
I am so proud to be able to say that I work at Oakham Grange, having been born in Oakham (back when Rutland Memorial Hospital still had a maternity unit and Dr Brentnall was in charge) and bought up in Uppingham. I am passionate about ensuring that we provide the highest standard of care possible to the people of Rutland and beyond. I believe that people should be treated with the same love and care that I would like to see my own family treated with, and strive to make sure that this is the case for all our residents at Oakham Grange.
Likes: Holidaying in Norfolk with my partner and children, baking, learning to crochet and embroider
Dislikes: Meaness and rudeness, diets, dishonesty, racism and homophobia”
At the age of 17 I started my Dip H E in adult nursing at Leeds University. I qualified in 1999 and started my first job in nursing on Ward 15 at Glenfield hospital, which was a rehabilitation ward.
I worked here for 18 months while waiting for a community nursing post to come up as this is what I really wanted to do. I started as a community nurse in April 2001, and this is where I have spent the last 19 years of my career, all be it in different guises. I was a triage nurse for 18 months for the community and latterly from 2014 worked for a service called ICS. This service was rolled out to provide a multidisciplinary team approach to enable people at home, rather than being admitting to hospital. Since August 2020 I have been one of the Senior Nurses at Oakham Grange and have thoroughly enjoyed being here since the very beginning. Getting to know every resident and their families and providing high standards of nursing care.
As I start my new role as a Service Manager for Sandpiper, I look forward to continuing to be part of the clinical team but also as the manager to ensure that the team are aware of the high standard of care that is expected for our residents. I am also passionate about continuing to build strong relationships with our residents and their families.
Likes: Food, the odd weekend away, an alcoholic beverage, friends and my dog Bella
Dislikes: Cooking, exercise and dishonesty
Most of you already know me as I have been working as an agency nurse here, I am so happy to join Oakham Grange as a Service Manager.
Originally I am from Romania, I started studying nursing and worked as an emergency nurse with the ambulance service for 5 years.
I came to England 8 years ago and continued to work as a nurse.
I love being a nurse, this is my dream job.
On my days off I love to spend my time playing with and looking after my 3 pugs. I like reading books, travelling and photography.
I am an honest and open person. My door will always be open for anyone who wants to have a chat, moan or just to say hello.
I am looking forward to meeting you all and getting to know you and your loved ones.
I studied BSC (Hons) Adult Nursing at East Anglia Polytechnique, I’d loved my student placements in the community working with the District Nurses and knew that this was what I wanted to do. Once qualified I took a job at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, I worked on an assessment unit for the elderly for a year before taking a job in a Community Nursing team in Leicestershire, that’s where I stayed for fourteen years before moving to the Intensive Community Support team in 2015.
I’ve worked with both Cat and Liz for over twelve years and we have a great working relationship with a wealth of experience that we can bring to Oakham Grange
Likes: Reading and my two dogs.
Dislikes: Racism and spicy food.
I qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 2014 in Romania. In 2015 I moved to England with my husband.
I started my nursing career in London and worked mostly in care home settings.
I have worked for many years as a Peripatetic Senior Nurse for the same company providing a high standard of nursing care to my residents.
I enjoy being part of the team at Oakham, it is a lovely environment and place to work.
My Name is Deepu Stephen, a Chef with over 22 years of experience in creating different cuisine (English, continental, Chinese and Indian etc.). My aim at Oakham Grange is to cook exciting and new things for our residents to enjoy every day. I have worked in some of the most prestigious hotels in the world including; Burj Al Arab Dubai, Jumeirah Beech Hotel Dubai, Hilton Bahrain, InterContinental Bahrain and Taj Hotels in Indian. I was awarded Chef of the year Middle East 2006 and a Gold Medal in the Blackbox competition in Australia. I have worked with some of the most well-known chefs around the world including Chef Garry Rhodes and Chef Paul Bocuse to name just a few. I like to spend time with my wife and three children in my spare time and I also run a cooking channel on YouTube.
Likes: playing Cricket and cooking for family and friends.
Dislikes: Fighting, negativity or a poor work ethic.
I am so pleased to have recently joined Oakham Grange as Head Housekeeper. My previous role was in Housekeeping for 11 years at a Therapeutic residential school, for boys and girls with social, emotional and mental health difficulties. Although this is a change in a work environment for myself, I bring to this role, enthusiasm, care, compassion and high standards. I will endeavour to work alongside this great team we have and support the working ethics of Oakham Grange.
Likes: - looking after my many animals and camping trips away with the family.
Dislikes:- Animal cruelty and disrespect to others.
I am a lifelong learner and have studied social and health care, horticultural therapy and life coaching to degree level. I am an NVQ assessor and a health and social care trainer and mentor to level 5.
I have worked as an independent health advocate, a support worker in domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities living independently, as an OT assistant, activities coordinator and as a horticultural therapist.
Horticultural therapy is where my heart lies and I want to engage our residents with activities such as taking cuttings of plants, making lavender bags or our own jam and marmalade.
I am excited about working at Oakham Grange, supporting all the staff to ensure the residents have a fulfilling and happy life.
Likes: I love growing unusual plants from seed, especially succulents.
Dislikes: Injustice and butter!
Hi, my name is Chris Potter.
I’m a time served carpenter of some 40 years, the last few being dedicated to working within the care sector. It’s my responsibility to carry out maintenance and regular testing to make Oakham Grange a safe and pleasant place to live. I’m here to make the home personalised and homely for each resident we support.
I live with my partner in Oakham, we moved here 3 years ago to allow us to enjoy life in a rural setting; Oakham gives us all of this and more. We also have an allotment plot where we enjoy growing various things.
Likes: walking, running and cycling around the area.
Dislikes: poor attitude to work.