Rachel Barber

Rachel Barber

Community Registered Manager, Bedford Court

I'm the Community Manager responsible for running Bedford Court and Olive Lodge. It is a residential care home with 40 residents and 54 staff. I also manage the bungalows at Philip Close, our retirement community. You can phone me on 0113 2593800 or 07970 960609.

Residents are very welcome to contact me for further information about Bedford Court and Philip Close. They are both fabulous for different reasons. Olive Lodge has extremely caring and supportive staff. The care home has a lovely feel to it, as there is a real sense of community. Philip Close, the retirement community, is well linked with us. The team there provide support to many of our residents. They join in some of the activities within the home and some of the excursions out. They play an important part in keeping our residents engaged with the local community.

I enjoy the variety in my role – meeting residents, families and staff on a daily basis. I love hearing the stories many of our residents share with me. I also greatly appreciate the warmth and care that our staff provide to our residents. They enable them to live their life as fully as possible in the home.

In the past I have managed outreach teams in former roles. I have also worked in partnerships for many years, providing support to vulnerable people in our communities.

I have a Psychology Honours degree, a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, and a Masters in Business Administration. I have taken other courses, including one on leadership and management which was run by Creating Spaces 4U. This was a fantastic opportunity to learn some real practical skills for strong leadership.