In a new series of articles we meet Springhill Care Home’s new clinical leads. Susan Balazs holds responsibility for palliative care.
I have worked at Springhill Care Home for around two years on the nursing Milnshaw / Ribble suites.
As Springhill promotes progression and excellent career opportunities to all its employees, I have recently after a successful interview, achieved a clinical lead position.
I’ve had previous experience in care home settings and held a deputy managers position, and I am also a qualified counsellor. This had obviously provided me with an abundance of knowledge and experience within the care home sector.
I am very passionate within my role and caring in nature, as my experience of life has allowed me to travel many journeys, which I believe has shaped my character.
Many years ago I worked as a carer myself, therefore I understand and empathise with the care staff within the home, who I have the highest regard for, and always believe everyone has the potential to better their selves.
The beliefs and resect I have helped me forge strong bonds with the care staff which are built on trust and respect for each other. I strongly believe these relationships and values then filter down and extend to all residents and visitors within the home and trust is then gained as quality care is delivered.
Now I am delighted to have the position of palliative care lead. Although this can be a very difficult and sensitive time of life, it is very important.
I have been allowed into people’s lives and shared so many memories with residents and their families, at the most difficult times, and these memories can last a lifetime.
I continuously reflect upon my role and practice as a nurse and I am very committed and always strive to look for ways to improve services offered. This allows me to grow as a professional and also offer ideas towards future practice and improvements.
Finally, I envisage great potential at Springhill Care Home and I will continually strive towards my ideas to improve and enhance palliative care, always providing quality care to a high standard.
By Susan Balaz
Springhill Care Home