An experienced care manager who started out as an RAF enrolled nurse is the new manager at Colten Care’s Brook View home in West Moors, Dorset.
Maxine Spincer spent more than four years at RAF Ely in Cambridgeshire. As well as learning how to strip down and fire a sub-machine gun, she nursed armed forces personnel in a tri-service role, took part in field training and served the wider community around various military bases.
Maxine then did a conversion course to become an NHS nurse, later working in elderly care and on a neuro rehabilitation ward at the Western Hospital, Southampton.
In the private sector she has been both a care home and clinical manager and worked in a strategic sales capacity with a woundcare company.
Maxine said her RAF experience has been an important first step in her career. She said: “I left home to go to the forces and, as you do at that age, thought I knew everything – but I didn’t. The RAF was a real eye-opener and taught me discipline, organisation and how to plan and structure a high level of care. I also learned a great deal from the NHS. Now, I expect to be part of a team delivering a standard of care that I would personally consider is good enough for my own parents. That is what I aspire to all the time.”
Maxine, who lives in Southampton with her husband and four sons, added: “I am looking forward to developing and maintaining the strong focus on quality care at Brook View. I also want to grow the home’s community links so that we can welcome more local people and organisations to come in and see for themselves what a great home this is.”
Outside work, Maxine enjoys reading and family time, including walks with the only other female in the household, Bluebell, her English springer spaniel.