Wigston Welcomes Natasha, Nilly & Lisa
With the opening of our new Leicester home Heathcotes Wigston imminent, the recruitment process for staffing is well under way. Over the last couple of weeks, we have held assessment centres for Team Leaders and a Registered Manager to lead the new service, which will join the 20 exisiting Heathcotes Care specialist services. As a result of this, we are now pleased to report that we have successfully appointed to the 3 Team Leader posts at Heathcotes Wigston - Natasha Hall, Nilly Blagg and Lisa Jones will take up their new positions when the service officially opens next week.
Below, Natasha shares her story and experience of the recruitment process from the candidates' perspective:
I’ve been at Glenfield in the role of support worker and latterly Acting Team Leader for just over a year now. I have loved my time there, but when I saw that Heathcotes were opening a new home in Leicester and were looking for a Team Leader I thought I would apply, as I felt it would be really exciting to be a part of building up a home from scratch and seeing it develop. I was so nervous waiting to hear back after sending off my application, but even more nervous once I found out I’d been invited to the assessment day and interview! My manager was so supportive, I don’t think I could have done it without her; that’s one of the things I love about Heathcotes – there’s always room to better yourself and progress and the managers support that.
On the day of the assessment, I was greeted by the other candidates and they were so friendly. There were 7 of us for the team leader roles. Before lunch we had 2 exercises during group assessment - 1 was a presentation and another was building up a support plan for a new service user around behaviours. Brendan Kelly, Operations Director popped in to see us during lunch and said how well we’d all done, which was really nice of him. Mick Murphy, Training Co-ordinator also nipped in. It was a really nice day, considering it was an interview! During lunch my nerves started to kick in more knowing after I was going to have my individual interview in front of a panel of 3.
When Tracy Mason (Operations Manager) called me through, I felt adrenalin kick in and told myself that I can do it! Tracy, Gary Tideswell (Registered Manager, Heathcotes New Mills) and Kathie Devenish (Operations Co-ordinator) asked me as series of questions, such as what qualities I thought a team leader should have. Once everyone had their interviews, we were told we would find out within a week whether we were successful or not. As the next week went on, I found myself in a reflective mood constantly when I was at work and replaying memories in my head and thinking how much I’d miss that place, staff and service users if I was successful, they are all my Heathcotes family!
The following Friday I got a call in the morning and it was Tracy. I answered the phone whilst shaking like a leaf waiting for the news; I couldn’t believe it when she said she'd like to offer me the job… I think I screamed a little! She said I did really well and congratulated me, I think I must of said thank you about 50 times! I’m so looking forward to the next chapter and can’t wait to start my new job, but I’ll still never forget my time at Glenfield and the people there, especially the service users who will always have a place in my heart. I learnt that if you want to go for something then do it, because the only person standing between you and success is yourself!
Congratulations to Natasha, Nilly and Lisa - we wish you all the very best of luck in your new roles!