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.
PAT Dog (Pets As Therapy).
Hello I am the General Manager of Oakham Grange. I am a registered adult nurse, I began my career in nursing in medical and surgical, community nursing, health visiting, then I became a deputy manager in a care home and moved on to being a home manager of a nursing home and a commissioning manager.
I always wanted to be nurse from being very young and although it took a few years I finally got there.
I enjoy helping people to their best and even in a call centre, I would always go an extra mile, customer service is very important to me and I endeavour to ensure that any service I provide is one which I would like to receive. I am very excited to lead such a talented team at Oakham Grange and our aim is deliver the best care we can possibly provide.
Likes: kindness, spending time at home, holidaying in my touring caravan
Dislikes: Rudeness, apathy, and the winter
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 in 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. I met my 2 colleagues Liz and Chrissy working here approximately 12 years ago and now a new adventure begins for the 3 of us as nurse practitioners working together to provide nursing care at Oakham Grange. This is very exciting!! To be able to work as a professional with friends who you have the utmost trust and belief in is very special.
My aim as a nurse practitoner at Oakham Grange is to provide autonomous, person centred care for our residents.
Likes: Food, the odd weekend away, an alcoholic beverage, friends and my dog Bella
Dislikes: Cooking, exercise and dishonesty
From leaving school I worked as a Care Assistant in several residential homes in Leicestershire, eventually working my way up to Senior Carer. At the age of 26 I commenced my nurse training at Charles Freer School of Nursing, De Montfort University and successfully qualified as an Adult General Nurse in 2010. Since then I have predominately worked within the NHS as a Community Nurse, Prison Nurse and Practice Nurse. From a young age I always wanted to be a nurse, now I am there is nothing else I would want to be doing, working at Oakham Grange is my dream job!
Likes: Prosecco, horse racing and dogs
Dislikes: Diets, avocado and liars
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.
As the Head Chef of Oakham Grange I bring to the role over 23 years’ military leadership and catering knowledge. Having felt privileged to delivering food management and culinary services in the some of the most challenging austere environments during active service in the British Army.
As a MasterChef within the forces, it was a real honour to mentor and nurture the junior chefs, especially those competing at tri service culinary competitions and watching them develop their skills as a fine art over time.
In my spare time alongside my wife Tracey, we run the Oakham Armed Forces and Veterans Breakfast Club. It gives likeminded folk an opportunity to meet people make new friendships and gives them a social outlet that they may not have necessarily had previously.
I believe that good food cooked and presented well whilst encompassing the wishes of our residents, is central to everything we hope to achieve. I think it’s vitally important that we forge links to champion local produce and support local business whenever possible.
Likes: Community spirit, Proper family time, Football and Live Music.
Dislikes: Coffee, Dishonesty and Saying Goodbye to family.
In my role as Activity Coordinator at Oakham Grange I have opportunity to interact with the residents on another level, enabling meaningful moments and encouraging independence. It makes me happy when I make someone smile or provoke a positive memory.
Coming from a personal level, when my father was diagnosed with dementia, I witnessed the level of care he was receiving, which prompted me to start my own journey within the Care Sector. I took great pride in my role as a Care Assistant, achieving my level 2 in Adult Health Care. I really loved my interaction with the residents, so was thrilled to have the opportunity to become the Activity Coordinator within the same home. When as a family we moved up to Oakham, it was important to me to find a role that gives me the same level of job satisfaction.
I am very proud to be a wife and mother and we love our camping trips in our camper called Derek!
Likes: I love to draw when in the creative mood, baking and sugar craft, time with my family and friends and marmite
Dislikes: Disrespect, unkindness and being disorganised
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.
My name is Tony Jackson and I am the maintenance man here at Oakham Grange. My entire working career has been spent using my hands (on the tools) and various skills I have picked up along the years. I see my role as a problem solver, people give me problems and my job is to find solutions. I am the oil that keeps the big machine (our lovely home) running along.
I have 3 main hobbies which are:
Close up magic….I spent 35 years as a professional magician and have been lucky enough to travel around the world to perform.
Martial arts …… I started my journey about 40 years ago and currently have 4 different Dan grades.
Motorcycles …… I have a city & Guilds distinction in motorcycle mechanics and have built many of my own custom bikes. I’ve even had a 3 page feature in a magazine on one of them.
One of my favourite quotes is: If you see someone who hasn’t got a smile on their face, give them one of yours.
Likes: I love to travel and I’m a bit of an adrenaline junky so love roller coasters and have swam with sharks.
Dislikes: The torture of animals in the name of sport and the second is marmite…..why would anyone invent such a thing?
Hello, my name is Rachel Hynds and I am the Administration Manager at Oakham Grange. This rewarding and extremely varied role gives me the opportunity to get involved in many interesting aspects of our home. Whether administrative, family liaison or reception management no two days are ever the same, which certainly keeps me on my toes!
Prior to Oakham Grange I have worked in several schools in both administrative and special needs support. Also, a local authority as support officer for heads of service, an ancestral home as a wedding and visits coordinator, and in several customer service front line roles. Having worked in many previous areas has allowed me to see just what a special place Oakham Grange is.
Caring for residents, families and staff members is key to what we do here at Oakham Grange, and I will always strive to do this to the best of my abilities.
Likes: Cats & Dogs, Gardening, Arts and Crafts, lighthouses
Dislike: Animal cruelty, unkindness, not indicating at roundabouts!
I was previously an Office Manager at a SEMH school for 12 years before joining Oakham Grange as Receptionist, as I wanted to take a step back to gain a more even work life balance while staying in a caring environment. I’m here to support residents and their families however I can; from ordering the morning papers, booking transport, family visits, Hairdressers appointments etc.
On a personal level I love spending time with my horses and tending my vegetable garden.
I’ve been married for 30 years to my husband Nick who I’ve known since I was 12 as we were at school together. I have one daughter who is a Teacher and has been married herself for 7 years. I am also the ‘Mother’ of 2 horses, 2 ducks, 3 chickens and 2 cats
Likes: Meeting new people. Kindness and people who spread a little love and happiness.
Dislikes: People who lack compassion, dishonesty and of course Brussel sprouts!!!!
- Hello my name is Brabham and I am a Qualified PAT Dog (Pets As Therapy).
My role here is to spend time with residents, their family and friends and staff, offering unconditional affection. There is nothing I like better than being patted, stroked and hugged by all who wish to meet me. The special moments for me are when I bring back happy memories of past pets, or a smile to the face of someone who finds communication difficult. I have an interesting pedigree being half Saluki and half Standard Poodle, which makes me a 'Salukidoodle'.
I’m named after Sir Jack Braham’s F1 racing cars, as it has been said that I’m fast in a straight line, but suffer from understeer going round corners!