A Care Professional's Story

Hi, my name is Nicola Gregory I am 25 yrs old and a Care Professional with Bluebird Care in Mendip.

I chose to start a career in care as I liked the idea of helping and supporting others to stay as independent as possible. Having never worked in care before, I was nervous as to how it would be. Through a colleague, I heard about the professional and friendly atmosphere at Bluebird Care Mendip. They were the only care company I applied to and started work in March 2017.

I got a positive feeling from interview, right through to induction, the staff were very professional, friendly and helpful. I got the impression that I would be treated fairly and not just as a number.

For someone new to care, they provided a comprehensive training program covering topics such as manual handling and how to use the glide sheets and hoist, safe handling and distribution of medication, infection control, Health and safety, the mental capacity act and the importance of the role of being a care professional.  I also went out shadowing other team members so that I would be comfortable before going out on my own. The shadowing shifts showed me how to approach care for customers, promoting dignity and their independence. Seeing this I knew that this is the role for me.

Before applying for Bluebird Care I worked in retail full time for 8yrs, and I can say that working in care gives one so much more work satisfaction and is a truly rewarding job. The customers I have met so far in my short time with the company are lovely and they all put a smile on my face.

Bluebird Care Mendip have also offered me the chance to gain an NVQ qualification in Health and Social Care, which will give me a diploma in Health and Social Care. I am considering doing my level 3 straight away instead of doing my level 2 first. I am also studying towards my Care Certificate.

When I am not working, I enjoy singing, shopping, going to the gym and also going for long walks especially along the beach. I also enjoy experimenting with makeup watching video tutorials on how to make my makeup look better and more exciting.