Residents were out in force to say their own goodbye to a record number of care home staff that have landed places at university this autumn.
Ten employees from Sheffield’s renowned Broomgrove Care Home are going on to further education within the healthcare industry – two to medical school, seven to pursue nursing degrees and one to do a physiotherapy degree.
The home enjoys a strong working relationship with the nearby King Edward VII School. Many of the ten staff started at Broomgrove immediately after leaving school or even earlier in some cases.
Care home staff organised a presentation ceremony to allow residents to say a personal ‘farewell’ to the individuals.
Donna Pierpoint, the manager at Broomgrove Care Home, said: “We’re always keen for members of staff to better themselves but this year has been record – even for us!
“It really is a win win situation”, Donna added. “The students gain valuable experience and we gain a highly educated and enthusiastic member of staff. Residents love to watch them grow into the amazing people they become by the time they leave us.”
Many of the students won’t be leaving altogether – some will continue to work at Broomgrove Nursing Home and do ‘bank’ shifts in between their studies.
Broomgrove, which is sited just off Ecclesall Road in Sheffield, is the only home of its kind with charitable status in the city and surrounding region.