Key Staff at Church Farm Cotgrave
Maria Spollin is the Home Manager
Maria's early years were spent in Long Eaton, Northumberland, Leicestershire then Nottingham, primarily due to her Dad’s work in open cast mining. Her Mum was a nurse and when they moved to Nottingham her parents ran a residential home which shared the same philosophy as the Church Farm approach today. This was Maria's introduction to the world of care, as she spent every weekend for 2 years working as a care assistant in the family 'home' until she began her nurse training after leaving school.
When qualified, Maria worked on a medical ward specialising in children’s and occasionally adult cardiothoracic surgery at Glenfield Hospital. During her 20 plus years there Maria did various specialist courses, including becoming a specialist in the most advanced form of life support available. Glenfield being the first of 5 centres in the UK to provide this level of support.
Since 1995 Maria has been involved with Church Farm through family links and attended a trip with some residents to Blackpool and also summer fetes and other social gatherings. Three years ago she became the home manager and Church Farm, which alongside her family became her life.
Maria's previous experience helps her to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and to appreciate the need for privacy, dignity, patience for everyone living in the home.
Away from work Maria keeps busy with her family life. In her spare time she likes to read a good crime novel.
Wynne Williams is Deputy Manager
Wynne is a registered nurse who has worked in Church Farm Care’s homes for twenty-five years. Wynne is passionate about truly delivering person centred dementia care. She has vast knowledge and experience in this area and recognises that it is not only about delivering excellent care, but it’s about how to find the best moments with people living and working at Church Farm. Wynne believes in making connections with people, including families and visiting professionals, always ensuring they receive the best support possible.
Wynne has completed a one-year diploma level course in person centred dementia care, “An Emotional Journey” with Dementia Care Matters which enforced her belief that people living with dementia can experience quality of life living in a care home.
Wynne is involved in the FinCH research study with the University of Nottingham, which evaluates the Guide to Action Care Home fall prevention programme in care homes for older people.