Paul Gaskell - Senior Dementia Services Manager

Paul Gaskell - Senior Dementia Services ManagerWelcome to our new dementia pages. I hope you have found it interesting so far. My name is Paul Gaskell. I would like to introduce myself, and tell you a little bit about what I do, why I do it, and what I believe in. I was created Runwood Homes' Senior Dementia Services Manager in June 2014 and requested to help form a Dementia Services Team and formulate its operating procedures; I am very proud of my team of 6 Dementia Services Managers. My job is to manage and develop our dementia services, support the team and support a small group of homes myself.    

I started my care career in 1984 when, as a student mental health nurse, I realised that treating people with genuine respect and empathy is the an essential ingredient of good care. That is still true today. My first qualified nurse roles were in support of people living with dementia, but in those days, in a hospital ward setting. Since then I have worked with adults with a learning disability, deaf blind younger people, and people living with dementia in residential care. I have worked for health authorities, local authorities, charities and now for an independent provider, Runwood Homes. Most of my career has been as a registered home manager, and prior to my current role, I was managing residential care homes for older people. I am currently on the register with NMC, as a registered mental health nurse.

The job I have now enables me to use my experience, knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life for people in our care. This is the most exciting, challenging and rewarding job I have had, and I enjoy every day. My working principle is Residents First.