Belong appoints new nurse as Operations Manager

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Dementia specialist care provider, Belong, has appointed registered nurse Sue Goldsmith to the newly created role of Operations Manager, in a move designed to enhance the local care operator’s provision of high-quality care and services as it prepares to open its latest villages in Chester and Birkdale.

Sue will be responsible for quality improvement across Belong villages, including Belong Crewe, Belong Macclesfield and Belong Newcastle-under-Lyme. She will also support the development of a range of targeted services tailored to meet the changing needs and expectations of customers and their families.

With over thirty years of experience, Sue has honed her expertise across both frontline nursing and senior management roles. Originally working as a mental health nurse on acute admissions wards, she moved into the adult social care sector in 1994 where she was later appointed Head of Dementia and Head of Care Improvement at Four Seasons Health Care. A trained dementia care mapper, Sue was key to implementing the group’s first dementia care model, PEARL (Positively Enriching and Enhancing Residents Lives), as well as developing its successor, the Dementia Care Framework (DCF).

Most recently, Sue worked as the Director of Care Quality and Dementia for a care coaching consultancy, which involved enhancing the operations of care providers and supporting them to achieve Outstanding ratings from industry regulator, the CQC (Care Quality Commission).

Sue’s achievements in this space have been widely recognised across the industry, with her work published in a range of academic papers, and she shared her experiences as a contributing author of an Amazon top-selling book focused on person-centred dementia care.

Speaking of her appointment, Belong’s Operations Manager, Sue Goldsmith, said: “I have always been a great advocate of the values and household model of care that Belong champions and so I’m incredibly honoured and excited to be taking on this new role. It is a great opportunity to build on Belong’s vision to create the best possible experiences and outcomes for its customers and care teams, and I look forward to seeing what we can accomplish together.”

Belong Chief Operations Officer, Stacey McCann, added: “Sue has a strong track record for success in the social care sector, especially in the area of dementia care, and we are thrilled to have her on board at Belong. We created this role to maintain and drive the highest standards of care as we continue to expand as a group, and we are confident that Sue is the best person to achieve this.”

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