Last updated: 9.52am, Tuesday 26th June 2018
We are delighted to introduce our new home Manager at The Hazelwell, Kathryn McGuiness, whose fascinating career started at 16 training in the same hospital as a famous hip surgeon.
Kathryn, who has had a varied and successful career in the world of nursing and caring, realised it was the career for her when at 16 she worked at Wrightington Hospital where Professor John Charnley, MBE, was based. The pioneer orthopaedic surgeon transformed modern medicine's approach to hip replacement operations from his work in 1962 with the introduction of the modern artificial joint. A hip replacement is now in the UK.
After going to train at Ormskirk hospital in Lancashire, Kathryn's career has seen her move to hospitals around the country in different prestigious roles, including orthopaedic trauma, A&E, a senior sister for NHS Direct, and an assessor for drug and alcohol charity.
Kathryn has even won awards for her work and when she was lead research nurse in a diabetes project she was presented with a Welsh Office award presented by the Secretary of Health for Wales, Jane Hunt.
In more recent years Kathryn has worked for residential homes, starting as a matron in a small care home in Birkdale, then moving to Gillibrand Hall in Chorley where she stayed for nearly five years.
Her last post before joining The Hazelwell was peripatetic regional manager for a group of homes in Lancashire where she concentrated particularly on turning one failing home on the verge of closure around to receiving a great Care Quality Commission inspection and being at near maximum capacity.
Kathryn said: "I saw The Hazelwell and all it had to offer and I fell in love with the place. I was over the moon to get the post."
"I'm really excited to be a part of the excellent team at The Hazelwell and to share what I have learned throughout my career to continue to make The Hazelwell the best care home it can possibly be."
"I had no idea when I started out my career as a cadet nurse at 16 where my career would take me, but I'm so happy when I think of the journey I've been on and how it has led me there."