New Year Brings New Appointments at Maritime Charity

Specialist maritime charity and care home, The Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, has made major appointments to its senior team following the retirement of former Home Manager Anne Kasey, and Margaret Brazier MNM, Executive Assistant to the CEO, who served the Society for more than 90 years collectively.

The Society has made a number of internal promotions, with Alice Mitroi taking on the role of Home Manager at Belvedere House – the Society’s nursing care home – and Luiza Jipa replacing her as Deputy Clinical Manager after four years as a nurse and Infection Prevention & Control Lead at the home.

Maria Jobson, who has worked at the Society since 2014 following her 10-year career in the Civil Service, has been promoted to Head of Administration Services & PA to the CEO. Maria is now the first point of contact for potential residents and their families; ensuring they have all the information they need about the care and associated services available at the Royal Alfred.

The Society, which delivers expert care to former seafarers and their dependants, including those living with dementia, supports nearly 70 residents at its Banstead-based care home, and provides sheltered accommodation for 24 individually living tenants. Alice’s new role will be focused on ensuring smooth operations at the home so that the team can continue to provide the highest quality of care for its residents.

Alice has worked in the care industry since the age of 19 and, having joined the Royal Alfred as a staff nurse in 2016 and progressing to Deputy Clinical Manager, became Home Manager at Belvedere House at the end of 2020. With a Master’s in Management of Health & Social Care, a Bachelor’s Degree in General Nursing and in Social Work, and a diploma in Dementia Care, Alice brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the care of residents in the home’s dedicated dementia wing.

Now, with a team of 19 comprising of the nursing and activities teams, Alice is responsible for the overall running of the home.

Alice said: “I have been in the care industry for 10 years now and it’s a proud moment for me to have been appointed as Home Manager, following in the footsteps of friend and mentor, Anne. It has been a challenging year for everybody, and I hope to keep morale high at the home and take Belvedere House in an exciting new direction in 2021 – I’m excited to embark on the next step in my career and lead my fantastic team for years to come.”

The Society’s CEO, Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, added: “We’re delighted to have Alice as our new Home Manager, she has become an extremely valued member of the team here at the Royal Alfred and we’re pleased to be able to help her move up in her career with the Society. Alice has been integral to helping the Society navigate the challenges presented to us in 2020 and I know she will do the same in 2021 as Home Manager – I’m confident that she will take Belvedere House from strength to strength.”

The UK care sector struggles with a high staff turnover rate and more than 100,000 job vacancies at any one time however, the Royal Alfred is focused on recruiting and retaining the best staff; keeping turnover low and allowing them to continue delivering the very best care. The Society has an average annual staff turnover of just 11%, compared to the industry average of 31% [i] due to its recognition of the benefits of a strong learning and development programme.

[i] SFC, 2019

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