Progressing the Careers of our Hartford Court Trio
Hartford Care is committed to helping to develop and enhance the careers of its team members at all its 16 care and nursing homes.
A great example of this is at Hartford Court in Portsmouth, where three members of the team, Josh Presdee, Ruby Pratt and Anni Williams, have been progressing their careers with our full support.
Josh will be starting a new role as Hartford Court’s new Head of Care on 28th February after passing his NVQ Level 3 in Health and Social Care with a Distinction.
He originally joined Hartford Court as a bank care assistant during his holidays whilst studying for a BA degree in Business and Economics at the University of the West of England in Bristol.
Josh also worked in a supermarket and a pub during his studies. He decided a career in care would bring him far more job satisfaction, so took on the role of care assistant at Hartford Court before progressing to a senior carer in 2020.
“When you are working in places like a supermarket, you just do your shift and go home. But caring is much more personable and rewarding. Everyone is much closer and more friendly,” says Josh.
“For me, working in care is enriching and interesting, and you can really see how it benefits the people for whom you are making a difference every day.”
Ruby and Anni are the two smiling faces you first see on a visit to Hartford Court. Both started working at the care home five years ago, and their career paths have been inextricably linked ever since.
Ruby began as a weekend receptionist before becoming Hartford Court’s full-time receptionist and administrator until 2020. She was then promoted to senior administrator with responsibility for staffing and recruitment.
Now, Ruby combines her role as a senior administrator (which she does two days a week) with working as a senior care assistant. She is also studying for an NVQ 3 in Health and Social Care.
“I am doing this because eventually, I would love to be a care home manager. I have received lots of support from Hartford Care’s HR team and our regional support manager to help me achieve my goals,” Ruby says. “My home manager also has supported me greatly with this progression.”
Anni began as a kitchen assistant and weekend receptionist but took over from Ruby as a full-time receptionist in 2020 and is now the senior receptionist and administrator. She is also taking an NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration to further enhance her skills for her new role.
She says: “I absolutely love my job because it involves meeting people including, talking to the relatives when they visit their loved ones here. I have learned so much since I started five years ago, and I really believe it has helped me progress in my roles here.”
To find out more about Hartford Court’s current vacancies and Hartford Care’s job opportunities, please visit our careers page