International Women’s Day is dedicated to celebrating women’s hard work and achievements around the world. This year, we’ve asked amazing women across Care UK to share who inspires them and offer up their personal career advice.

At Care UK, we all work alongside teams of extremely strong and dedicated women every day. From carers, chefs, and managerial team members in our homes, to central support colleagues of all levels – including directors.  

For International Women’s Day 2023, we spoke to Katherine Matthews, Home Manager at Perry Manor care home in Worcester, to gain insight into her career and what inspires her.

Katherine joined Care UK in 2007, working in our former mental health division until 2015, before re-joining as a care home registered manager in 2017. In her early career, Katherine qualified as a mental health nurse, where she went on to help children with chronic eating disorders using her specialised knowledge. 

When Katherine joined Perry Manor in 2017, the home held a CQC rating of ‘Good’ in all five areas, and within 18 months she had helped the home score ‘Outstanding’ in the areas ‘well-led’ and ‘responsive’. 

She said: “I do not believe that the rating belongs to me in any shape or form. All the goodness that happens in my home is from my team. Our ‘Outstanding’ was well deserved, and the result of 18 months of really hard work. 

“I was leading the team, so it was very much about my vision and my drive, but my team just needed to be given the space to create and to feel listened to. The outstanding care was already there, it’s just that somebody needs to put some shape around it and to empower people to feel that they have a voice – and that they can actually have a positive impact.”

When asked about women who inspire her, she said: “The woman that inspires me most right now is Perry Manor’s deputy manager, Kat. She is just awe-inspiring. She’s fundamental to what makes Perry Manor great right now. 

“She just wants to learn. She is continuously wanting to improve, review and understand how we can improve, and what positive impact we can have on the lives of residents and of our colleagues.  

“She’s driven by continuously trying to improve things and that’s not for her self-satisfaction. It’s because, as a team, we want the best for the people that we’re privileged to look after.”

Take a look at the women who inspire those at Care UK, and get some career advice this International Women’s Day:

Shona Bradbury, Home Manager at Appleby House said: “There are many women within my life that I aspire to. Firstly, my mother who taught me strength and self-belief, but also to my Operations Director, Karen. Karen believed in me and encouraged me to take risks. Her vision and leadership inspires me to keep reaching new goals.”

Jo Webb, Head Chef at Foxland Grange, said: “I’m inspired by many strong women in my life, especially my nan. She worked her way up the career ladder from care assistant right through to director of a care company. My advice to other women is to go for it and take every opportunity that you get.”

Debbie Moran, Head Chef at Davers Court, said: “My advice to women considering a career as a chef would be to work hard. Have enthusiasm, passion and a flair to create – always look for a solution to a problem or challenge.”

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