Meet Our People

At FSHC we believe in delivering quality care and to do this we must have the best and most passionate people who are committed to making care special. The teams within our homes and offices work in a friendly and supportive environment, and often work closely within the local communities. There are a huge variety of jobs available for people with all sorts of different skills and interests. And all staff are supported and offered chances to develop in their role.

Interested in working for Four Seasons? See what some of the team have to say:

Maxine Smith

Care Assistant

"It is such a satisfying job"

I love working with the elderly, as they have so much to give, tell and teach. I started working in the care industry 24 years ago as a care assistant before being promoted to senior career and then to team leader.

My role consists of providing personal care to residents, as well as updating care plans and mentoring new carers. It's definitely mentally and physically draining at times, but it really is such a satisfying job that draws upon all my skills and training.

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Ruth Todd

Home Manager

"As soon as I started at Four Seasons, I was happy"

I have worked in care since 2004; I started as a Care Assistant working in a nursing home and have also worked in the community and voluntarily keeping older people company in their own homes. I went on to complete my Nurse training at Northumbria University specialising in Learning Disability Nursing.

I started working at FSHC in April 2009 as a newly qualified Nurse. I became Deputy Manager in 2010 and then Home Manager in 2014 and I now manage a 90 bed home supporting people with Dementia, general nursing needs, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health needs.

I am passionate about person centred care and ensuring we deliver care that has the person at the heart of it. I believe life stories are an integral part of providing good quality care and that all staff should have empathy toward the person they support.

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Christina Halonka

Home Manager

I started my career in a nursing home as a domestic. I enjoyed my job and soon became fond of the caring aspect of my role which was interacting with the residents. I took on other roles in the nursing home such as laundry assistant and soon found myself working as a care assistant. Eventually, the opportunity arose for a manager’s role at Botham Hall where I was already working as a senior care assistant. With a lot of encouragement from work colleagues, I finally decided to take the plunge and put myself forward.

Becoming a care assistant drove my enthusiasm for dementia care. My passion lies with seeing and making the residents content and happy. As a home manager, I like to be out on the floors, I like to know my residents and their individual personalities.

At Four seasons I feel I am well supported and listened to. I also like the fact that they’re always wanting to improve especially making advancements around dementia care.

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Lori Vela

Deputy Home Manager

I started working as an RGN at Murrayfield Care Home in 2012. I was allocated to work in the Advanced Dementia unit which I really enjoyed. As soon as I started to work with Four Seasons I was happy and I knew I was going to enjoy the work I was doing and I was going to develop my nursing skills and my career. It was a friendly and supportive workplace. I developed my nursing skill very well and I was very attached to residents. One year later I was having an opportunity to be a unit manager. I did act as a unit manager and everything was going well in the unit. I build up a very good relationship with the staff members on the unit and they were very supportive.

It’s been two years that I’m working as Deputy Manager and I’m so delighted and grateful that I had this opportunity to succeed in a short period of time. This is why I like working with Four Seasons as you have opportunities to upgrade yourself professionally if you work hard and have the merits.

Working with Four Seasons has been fantastic. It’s rewarding knowing I’m making a difference and contributing to Four Seasons Health Care. There is no day I regret continuing to work for Four Seasons. I’m very grateful for this career development opportunity and I’m very happy that I have made the right Choice to Join Four Seasons.

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Lerato Mokake

Registered General Nurse

"It's rewarding, knowing I am making a difference"

Each day, I provide person-centred care for residents, as well as ensuring that all of the paperwork is in order, and that standards are maintained for both the elderly, mentally infirm and general units. I find my role means I am constantly interacting with people, be it a resident, family member or member of staff, so good communication skills are crucial. It's also really important to always have a "hands on" approach, as there is always something that needs to be done.

I was very proud when the home became accredited as a PEARL specialist dementia care centre, as it is testament to all of the staff's training and hard work.

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Mauro Magbitang

Home Manager

"I have been encouraged to progress"

I came to Northern Ireland from the Philippines in 2000 and worked in a hospital for 4 years in a medical surgical ward. I then worked in Four Season’s Bangor Care Home working my way up from Staff Nurse to Deputy Manager. In 2005 I was promoted to Home Manager at Carnalea Care Home and in 2015 I transferred to Hollywood Care Home as Home Manager. I am a registered manager from RQIA; I have a degree in Nursing – BSN, Registered RGN part 1 – Adult Nursing from NMC and a PGC in Dementia Studies.

Since joining Four Seasons Health Care I have always had support, and been encouraged to progress and develop. I love the Home Manager's role; I get to build and grow a team, and ensure our residents are looked after. The Home Manager's role is challenging, but it is a great feeling to go home at the end of a hard day and know my teams are providing the very best quality care to our residents.

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Gary Mitchell

Resident Experience Care Specialist

I joined Four Seasons Health Care as a care assistant in 2002 when I was 17 years old. I began working as a care assistant in a dementia care unit at Cedarhurst Lodge in Belfast. I was still at school so I only worked the summer. During this period I transferred to Comber Care Home where I worked as a care assistant, mainly on night duty, for the next four to five years. It was unbeknown to me at the time but my time as a care assistant with FSHC acted as the motivation to undertake a second degree, from 2007-2010, to become a nurse.

I am now a member of the Resident Experience Team in Northern Ireland. As a Resident Experience Care Specialist, I am responsible for the education, implementation and evaluation of best practice in older people’s nursing across our care homes in Northern Ireland. In my role I am supported by FSHC’s award-winning Quality of Life technology which guides and personalizes the support I can afford to individual homes and care staff.

In summary, Four Seasons Health Care is an exciting place to work for people who want to specialize in the care of older people. There are many opportunities within the FSHC family and, as my experiences illuminate, these can make a positive difference to our residents, our clinical skills and our overall professional development.

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Chris Hapham

Home Manager

After working as a Kitchen Assistant in a care home, I started working for FSHC as a Bank Care Assistant at the age of 18yrs. During this time I gained experience in Tracheostomies and PEG feeding and was soon given a full-time position as a Care Assistant. By 19 years old I became a Senior Carer managing staff on various units from residential to nursing dementia and supporting the nurses and unit managers.

In January 2016 I became Home Manager of Kestrel Lodge. I absolutely love being a Home Manager as I enjoy managing the daily challenges and learning new things every day. I am able to improve the quality of care and delivery on a larger scale and I feel completely thrilled when I receive positive feedback from families and resident about the service that is provided.

I like working for FSHC as I feel fully supported in my role and you have a number of multidisciplinary departments that work together and identify continual areas of development. It feels like one big family as we all work together to achieve outstanding results. I like that we have policies and procedures in place to not only support managers and colleagues but the whole team.

Because FSHC is a Corporate company you are involved in meeting a wide range of people from CQC to the Local Authority.

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It's rewarding, knowing I am making a difference

— Lerato Mokake