Meet our home manager Kate Martin
At brighterkind, we know that having a great Home Manager is vital to ensuring the home is well run and that everybody living and working there feels happy and cared for.
We asked Kate, Home Manager at St Margarets a little bit about herself and why she loves every day in her role.
What is your professional background?
I began nursing in 2010 where I worked in various areas of the NHS before moving over into the care home sector. Studying a Msc in the Health and Wellbeing of Older People, gave me the skills and confidence to dedicate my career to this client group- an area I dearly love. I have previously held posts in Clinical Lead, Deputy Home Managers and Head of Care Lead Nurse positions while continuing to work for a local agency in supporting the NHS, Marie Curie and St Columba's Hospices. I have experience in General Surgery, Renal and GI, Gynaecology, Medical Assessment Unit, Cardiac High Dependency, Medicine of the Elderly and Palliative Care.
As well as being a home manager, you are are also a registered nurse, why did you first get in to nursing?
Nursing found me. Following personal challenges within my own life I found that my empathy and compassion for people developed and the need to help others became my focus. It's a phenomenal responsibility being a Nurse and I feel very privileged to have being given this opportunity.
What one thing do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy the challenge of being a new Home Manager and the fast paced, ever changing environment that is care. The position I am in allows me to see care delivery from all angles while building a service that is true to the needs of the individual.
What was a defining moment for you?
Providing palliative care to a 34 year old lady with stomach cancer. At the time I cared for her she had a son the same age as mine and had been diagnosed 2 weeks prior to her death. I learnt that day the importance of living in the moment and for being thankful for my family and son. You can't dictate the future but you can enjoy the present.
What interests you outside of work?
I am a huge sports fan with special interests in rugby and football. Manchester United is where my heart will always be. I also enjoy walking with my dogs and spending time with my 5 year old son. I also enjoy watching movies especially Sci-fi and thrillers as well as listening regularly to music. I have a personal interest in German history and sport.
For more information about St Margarets Care home, or to arrange to meet with Kate, please contact the home on: 0131 341 4736