Care home manager Blesson Thomas wants to inspire others to consider a career in social care
There isn’t a lot of work that actually gets the worker done at the end of the day. Or it involves spending time with the people you care about and smiling and laughing with them.
But that’s what Blesson Thomas, 38, has found in his career in adult social care since moving to the UK in 2010, after relocating from India, where he has already qualified. be a nurse.
Blesson decided to explore his chosen career path further through a Master’s degree in nursing, and during this time he also found himself being referred to as a caregiver at High Wycombe – a job where he devoted himself wholeheartedly.
“I really enjoyed that role,” he said, thinking about the job he secured after landing a job on the family team at a care and support services charity. “I get so much joy out of spending time with residents, sharing smiles and smiles with them, and providing them with the support they need.”
Blesson’s dedication, commitment, and desire to make an active contribution to the health and social care sectors earned him eight promotions over the next three years. Starting out as a supervised practice nurse, he rose through the ranks to deputy director, and then home manager.
“When my manager told me she was leaving, she asked me to come with her,” Blesson said. “But I was very attached to the residents at that point, so I decided to stay and they appointed me as manager.”
In this role, Blesson realized he could make the difference even more, by using personality-based recruiting methods that focus less on people’s experiences and instead identify key talent. Skills are transferable to careers.
“We had a lot of agent staff working for us at the time,” he explains. “So over the next 10 months, I decided to change my approach, bring the agency’s staff down to zero, and fully hire.”
Soon after he began managing the care home, Blesson helped ensure it was ranked the first CQC Excellence in the region. He talks to people around the world about care and his experience, and is involved in a number of research projects – including being a member of the National Council for Living at Home mine in the UK, along with a number of other organizations and groups.
He was also shortlisted for Best Care Home Manager of 2016, 2017 and 2020, as well as Best Care Home Manager of 2020 at the National Social Care Awards – and hope to inspire others to consider a career in this field.
“The happiness you get within you doing this job, you won’t get anywhere else,” stressed Blesson. “I feel like we’ve gone an extra mile for our residents, and seeing the happiness on their faces is such a wonderful feeling.
“It’s not like there’s a job to do; it’s like we’re coming to our second home,” he added. “I have no family in this country, but I feel like I have a lot of family.
“They call me to check if I’m okay if one day I don’t show up. They ask to see photos of my daughters and want to know they’re okay. So that’s that kind of relationship. that we build.
“You never walk away thinking you haven’t achieved anything. Of course it can be difficult – and Covid is difficult, but despite all the challenges, you walk away feeling happy and as if you’re changing someone’s life.”
To learn more about whether a job in adult social care is right for you, visit Adultsocialcare.co.uk
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