We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Sarah Ormston, who has been appointed as MacIntyre’s new Specialist Health Advisor. Sarah is both responsible for the internal implementation and corporate auditing of MacIntyre’s Health Agenda, as well as managing the MacIntyre Dementia Project. Meet Sarah…
What will your new role involve?
There are two parts to my role. As Specialist Health Advisor, I have the responsibility to uphold the Statement of Values in all aspects of my work and to promote a positive image of MacIntyre and its provision. Within this, I am responsible for the internal implementation and corporate auditing of MacIntyre’s Health Agenda.
The other part of my role is Dementia Project Manager. Luckily, this involves visiting different MacIntyre services across the country, which means I get to meet the people we support and our staff. I have already visited Southampton and the ‘Keep Going…….Don’t Stop!’ group in Chesterfield, with many more visits planned in the coming weeks. I am really enjoying this part of the role and feel very fortunate to be able to meet so many people.
What makes you a good fit for this role?
I initially trained as a secondary school teacher, teaching English to some of our most vulnerable members of our society, so I know how important it is to give each person a life that makes sense to them. My previous role was with a company that provides training to residential and domiciliary care services and one of my roles was to research and write learning content following best practice guidelines as well as write and create learning resource materials to support learning outcomes, with topics ranging from learning disability and dementia to diabetes and dysphagia, so a wide range of health topics covered and expertise to draw upon.
What it comes down to is that I really want to improve the lives of the people we support and beyond. It is really important to me that people are treated with respect, dignity and equality and that care is person-centred. Dementia is also something that is extremely close to my heart, so I am excited to be managing the Dementia Project with such a great team around me.
What attracted you to MacIntyre?
MacIntyre is an incredible charity and is leading the way in best practice, particularly on Dementia and Learning Disability. To be a part of and leading this movement is an honour and is really exciting for me. In addition, MacIntyre’s DNA, Promises and Great Interactions resonate with my own beliefs and values, as I strongly believe that “It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it!” Knowing that I can help to make a difference is thoroughly rewarding and having visited some of the services in Milton Keynes before starting in the role, I saw how passionate staff were and knew that MacIntyre was where I wanted to work.