– A word from Sarah Louise Ritchie, Maryland Healthcare Supervisor –

At the age of 18, shortly after enrolling on the BTEC Level 3 extended diploma in health and social care, I took a job locally as a carer within the community. I had no previous experience in health care and was given the opportunity to go on placement in a range of different health care sectors. Whilst completing my placements I began my career with a domiciliary care agency and knew very quickly how much I loved working in a caring role. I continued to work in the community whilst completing my course and achieved a Distinction grade *** which gave me the drive to further my education within the health and social care sector.

Maryland Healthcare offered a career within their caring roles for staff, so to further my career, I applied, after 5 years working in domiciliary care in the community. Maryland offers a career pathway, from Healthcare Assistant, to Senior Healthcare Assistant, to Healthcare Supervisor Band 1 and Healthcare Supervisor Band 2. With my qualifications and experience I took up the position in Maryland Healthcare as a Healthcare Supervisor Band 2. The role of Healthcare Supervisor is one of support to the nursing staff and leadership for the junior healthcare staff, and I absolutely love my job role within the busy unit of Willow.

Whilst in this position at Maryland, I expanded my qualifications and enrolled on the QCF Health and Social Care Level 5 (Leadership for Health and Social Care Services). Maryland Healthcare have also provided me with the opportunity to further my skills by enrolling myself onto the ‘IOSH Train the Trainer – Client/Patient Handling’ which I will be starting within the next month.

Working within healthcare is truly a vocation, with the most important factor, making sure all my residents are at the centre of the care they receive. There is nothing I love more about my job than being able to give someone a helping hand, providing them with a hand to hold if they are having a difficult day or for just being able to reassure them to bring a smile back to their face.