A nursing home manager who started her career working one shift a fortnight has celebrated 25 years’ service.
Jean Thorpe, manager at Radcliffe Gardens Nursing Home in Pudsey, near Leeds, joined the home in 1990 as a registered nurse.
Since then the mum-of-two, from Pudsey, has held various positions within the home, before becoming manager of the 33-strong team five years ago.
And, 25 years on, 61-year-old Jean says she couldn’t imagine working anywhere else as she celebrated the landmark with colleagues and residents.
She said: “It’s great place to work. It’s very homely, everyone is friendly and the staff are marvellous, we all get on.
“When I first started I had young children and I worked one night shift every two weeks. As time went on I started doing more shifts and when the children were older I became full time.
“I have achieved various qualifications over the years, including the NVQ registered manager’s award and I completed palliative care training at the University of Leeds. I also worked as deputy manager before I became manager.”
To celebrate Jean’s 25 years’ service colleagues presented her with flowers on the home’s Wear it Pink Day in aid of Breast Cancer Now.
Radcliffe Gardens, part of the Mosaic Care Group, is a 19 bed nursing home offering specialised services for elderly people who have complex health needs.
Mosaic Care Group managing director Claire Fryer said: “Jean has a wealth of experience and is a highly valued member of the team who is well liked by staff, residents and their relatives. I’d like to congratulate her and thank her for her dedication and commitment.”