With a new, state-of-the-art care home set to open in Doonfoot in December, leading provider of nursing and residential care, Meallmore has kicked off a major recruitment drive in Ayrshire with the appointment of a general manager.
Amanda Harland becomes the first member of the team at Greenan Manor, which is the first care home in Ayr for Meallmore. Located on Dunure Road, the new purpose-built home represents a significant investment for Meallmore, and will provide around 60 full time equivalent jobs in a variety of roles, including nurses, care assistants, administrators and managers.
Amanda brings a wealth of experience to the management role, with over 30 years in the health and social care sectors. After initially training as a general adult nurse, Amanda chose to train as a mental health nurse, and spent 20 years working for the NHS within community and hospital roles. In 2006 she graduated from the University of York with a MSc in Health Sciences and was offered a secondment to work within the nursing team as a lecturer, before moving on to training health & social care staff within care homes. The experience of supporting her family to find a care home for a close relative led to her interest in pursuing a career in the private sector as a registered home manager, and she has since developed her experience leading teams within care homes.
Once open, Greenan Manor will offer quality, personalised care for 52 elderly people with general care needs including those with dementia and its related conditions. Set in a stunning location on the coast, glass has been used extensively in the construction of the home to create bright, airy spaces with spectacular views across Ayr Bay to the Isle of Arran.
Talking about her appointment, Amanda comments: “I applied for the role at Greenan Manor as I sought the opportunity of a commissioning role, including recruiting a team to provide the highest standards of personalised nursing care for older people. I was particularly drawn to this position as Meallmore’s values reflect my personal attitudes and aims, with a commitment to quality and delivering the best care and hospitality to residents.
“I very much look forward to welcoming residents and their families and friends, and providing exceptional standards of service, comfort and care. I also aim to support our staff team to ensure they continue to develop within their chosen roles, working effectively as valued team members.”
Mary Preston, operations director of Meallmore Ltd, added: “We are putting together a team of professionals who will give our residents the highest standard of care, based on their individual needs. Because our ethos is all about offering the very best home-from-home for the people who come to live at Greenan Manor, we’ll be aiming to recruit local people with the best care and hospitality experience we can find.”
The jobs are a mix of full and part time positions, with day and night shifts for nursing and care roles. Heads of departments have already been recruited, but vacancies include: registered nurses, senior carers, care assistants, and hospitality roles.