New manager appointed at Antiquary Care Home

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CARE home operator Balhousie Care Group has appointed Sylvia Nicoll as manager of the Balhousie Antiquary Care Home at Westway, Arbroath.

She joins the company from Southern Cross Healthcare, where she held the role of relief manager for the north-east, covering 22 homes between Dundee and Aberdeen.

After qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1982, Sylvia joined the NHS where she worked for 10 years. She then moved into the private sector where she has worked in managerial roles in care homes for more than 15 years.

The knowledge, experience and expertise she brings means she is well placed to pursue her new role at Balhousie Antiquary Care Home.

Sylvia is looking forward to her new post and the challenges it will bring.

She said: “I am really looking forward to belonging to one home again as a manager and building relationships with residents, relatives, the local community and staff. I missed this sense of belonging to a home in my previous role as relief manager.

“I am hoping to let the service users and relatives have more of a voice in how the service is running and suggesting areas where they think there could be improvements made.

“It’s going to be a big challenge but one that I am really looking forward to.”

Sandra Ross, director of operations at Balhousie Care Group, welcomed Sylvia to the team.

She commented: “We are pleased to have Sylvia on board. She has a wealth of experience in both nursing and care home management and will be working with her team to ensure that the home is kept to the same high standards we have across all our homes in Scotland.”

Balhousie now cares for more than 860 residents in 24 homes, with plans for continued expansion.

A new enlarged facility at Monkbarns which is due to open this year will take the capacity to around 1,100 residents.