Key People

Patrick Atkinson is Director

Patrick has been a businessman since his early 20’s in a variety of sectors. He purchased Church Farm Care’s first nursing home in 2004. This was a venture into a new sector although it felt familiar in many ways having been brought up in a family that owned a care home, managed by Patrick’s Mum. Patrick has championed the expansion of the Church Farm Care group, which now consists of four nursing homes in South Nottinghamshire. Patrick is passionate about providing a high quality of care across the group and remains very hands on with all four homes.

Helen Walton is Head of Operations 

Helen has 17 years of leadership experience, specifically in the field of dementia care. As Manager of a large home care business in York, Helen led the branch to specialize in supporting people living with specific needs due to brain injury, multiple sclerosis and dementia. Helen went on to lead the Learning and Development arm with Alzheimer’s Society for 7 years; publishing a range of specialist books and training resources and providing high quality training that supported organisations to change the culture of dementia care. This was achieved by focusing on improving ‘quality of life outcomes’ for people living with a dementia.     

Helen moved to the post of Director of Operations with Dementia Care Matters for 6 years; assisting with the strategic development and implementation of Dementia Care Matters model of care. Helen provided care homes with design consultancy and managed complex "Butterfly Household Projects" through a highly acclaimed culture change programme. Helen gained hands on experience of supporting significant transformations in dementia care homes and strongly believes that with the correct environment and approach, people can live well in a care home with purpose and meaning to their day.

As Head of Operations, with the Church Farm Care group since January 2016, Helen works alongside the Directors, Management team, staff and linked professionals to maintain a high quality of nursing and dementia care that provides a feeling of security, belonging, love and family to people living in our homes, their families and people enjoying day care.

Helen, alongside the Directors supports the future growth and development of the group, remaining passionate that genuine support, nurturing, learning and development of everyone who works for the group must remain at the heart of what we do every day to ensure the best possible outcomes for the people living in our homes.

Liz Norton is Training, Learning and Development Manager

Liz is an Adult Teacher/Trainer and Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience in Elderly Care and Dementia Care. She started her nurse training in the 1980’s in Boston, Lincolnshire, quickly realising that her calling was Elderly Care. Since leaving the NHS she has worked in Nursing and Residential Care settings mainly around Newark and Lincoln, however, whether in the role of a Manager, Deputy or Nurse she has always shared the knowledge gained through her nursing experience, teaching and assessing qualifications or Train the Trainer courses. She has recently succeeded in updating her own knowledge by achieving a BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care.

Since joining the company in June 2016 Liz has been working with our training team members developing and strengthening our training ethos and approach, as well as introducing our new Health and Safety Executive registered First Aid Courses. Exciting times are ahead with new course topics and assessments of competency, whilst ensuring at the heart of all the training is the person centred care of the people living in our homes.