A Suffolk-based nursing home has welcomed the return of a former member of staff twelve years after he first stepped over its threshold, where he undertook work experience at the very start of his working life.
Mill Lane Nursing Home in Felixstowe, part of the Healthcare Homes Group, has appointed John Savage as manager of the home, demonstrating the path that can be taken for anyone looking for a long-term career in the health and social care industry.
Mr Savage, grandson of former Mayor of Felixstowe Tom Savage, first went to work at the nursing home in 2006 as part of a work experience programme run in partnership with his school.
Having been inspired by the work undertaken at the home as a student, John decided to follow a career in the health and social care sector, where he held various care roles in elderly care settings in both Felixstowe and Ipswich.
Having forged a solid career path in the care industry, John returned to Mill Lane in October last year in the role of Deputy Manager. On 1st February this year, he was appointed Manager at the home; a role which he admits he is very proud to fulfil.
Speaking of his appointment John Savage says: “I was born in Felixstowe, and I continue to live here today. I am very proud of my local roots and I feel honoured to be supporting people from the area who require nursing and residential care. I have worked hard to learn and progress, and now in my role here at Mill Lane Nursing Home, I feel I am able to provide a valuable service to the community that I grew up in, and one which my grandfather worked hard to represent and support.”
Speaking of the opportunities ahead, he adds “Mill Lane Nursing Home has an extremely dedicated care team who work hard to provide the highest standards of care to our residents. My focus for the months ahead is to continue this approach and lead by example.”
He concludes: “We also plan to focus our efforts on creating more community-based activities for our residents to enjoy. I feel it is important to keep the home closely connected with the Felixstowe community and vice versa. A new Activities Coordinator, Kate Nears, joined our team in November and together with Marilyn Wright, I am confident the team will achieve these goals.”
John’s recent appointment takes his career path full circle and sets a great example of the career that is possible for those considering a career in the health and social care industry.