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New management appointments at Yorkshire care home group

A not-for-profit care home organisation has made a series of senior leadership appointments as a new manager joins and four employees are promoted to managerial roles.

HICA Group, which cares for over 1,800 people, has appointed new managers at homes across Yorkshire as it pushes ahead on expansion plans.

Specialist dementia home Albermarle, in Hull, has appointed Jessica Costa to manager of the home following four years as deputy manager. Kerry Moss, who has been at the organisation for 17 years, is now the manager of Elm Tree Court, also a Hull-based home that provides specialist dementia care. In Withernsea, Ruth Mountain is the new manager of residential and dementia care home Tamarix Lodge after starting as a carer in the home 21 years ago.

In Doncaster, HICA at Home, which provides home care services across Yorkshire, has appointed Nikki Lea as manager, who has progressed from the deputy managerial role. Further afield, The Wolds Care Centre, in Louth, welcomes a new manager with Michaela McGlynn joining with many years of experience in residential adult care under her belt.

Terry Peel, CEO at HICA Group, said: “ Continuing to expand the care specialisms we offer across the region so it’s vital that we have in place the right people who can lead from the front.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to promote from within and I’m delighted that four of our new managers have been at HICA for some time, rising through the ranks.

“Development and training are a key part of the HICA ethos and it’s wonderful to see that some of our new managers started with us as carers and are now at managerial level.

“We’re very focused on nurturing our employees and providing the right environment for them to continually learn and grow both personally and professionally.

“We offer extensive training to every team member including a comprehensive induction when joining to regular refresher courses and bespoke learning initiatives to support positive change.

“Congratulations to our new managers including Michaela McGlynn who joins us following an exemplary career so far in adult care.”

With over 1,500 employees, HICA Group recently introduced a new team leader development programme across the organisation. Designed to enable staff to develop a wide-ranging skill base, the blended programme mixes classroom and on-the-job coaching with more technical, role-specific units and follow up competency assessments.  The programme covers a variety of subjects from managing team performance and shift management to safeguarding and management of medication.

Jessica Costa, the new manager of Albemarle, said: “I’m excited to become manager of Albermarle after being with HICA and the home for nearly a decade.

“The pressures facing adult social care are greater than ever and we’re still working with the long term impact of Covid and adjusting to the changes Brexit brings to our workforce as well.

“Adult care might be one of the toughest sectors to work in but, without a doubt, it’s one of the most rewarding jobs you can have.

“I love being able to help our residents and their families in the way that we do and I feel hugely supported at HICA who are very invested in the team and proactive in employee development.

“I can’t wait to settle into my role – it’s an exciting time in the organisation’s journey.”

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