The Whitgift Foundation appoints new Director of Care


The Whitgift Foundation, has appointed its first ever Director of Care to oversee its care services.

Dolores Pickersgill started her appointment on the 4th February, joining the Foundation’s Leadership Team to contribute to the overall strategic development of Whitgift Care, its group of care settings, as well as the Carers Information Service.

Dolores brings with her significant experience in the healthcare sector where she has undertaken a range of management and executive roles.

Having qualified as a registered nurse in 1984 and starting her career as a district nurse, Dolores was Deputy Chief Nursing Officer at London Bridge Hospital, Chief Nursing Officer at the Lister Hospital before moving to The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality, Director of Infection Control and Associate Director of Patient Care.

With the ever-changing needs of older people living in its communities, Whitgift Care must ensure that its services continue to meet requirements and offer outstanding levels of care.

The new role will fully champion the ethos and core values that currently exist at Whitgift Care by working with care home managers at Whitgift House, Wilhelmina House and the Whitgift Almshouses to maintain a person-centred care culture, together with fulfilment of life by promoting the homes’ community spirit.

The role will also oversee the work of the Carers Information Service that runs the Carers Support Centre at 24 George Street, central Croydon, to ensure the service continues to provide invaluable support, advice and health and wellbeing activities to unpaid carers in the borough.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome Dolores to this new post. She brings with her a huge range of experience in nursing leadership positions, as well as passion and compassion needed to work collaboratively across Whitgift Care and the Carers Information Service to continue our outstanding care and support to residents, 1596 Club members and unpaid carers in Croydon.”

Dolores comments: “I am delighted and proud to be appointed Director of Care. I am looking forward to joining the Whitgift Foundation family, continuing the tradition of providing care and support to the local community.”

The announcement comes as Whitgift House, Whitgift Care’s largest home offering nursing care, sheltered living and day care, was rated ‘good’ overall by the Care Quality Commission, as well as ‘good’ in all the core inspection areas of being safe, being caring, providing effective care, being responsive to residents’ needs and being well-led.

Whitgift Care is the result of Archbishop John Whitgift’s philanthropic legacy to Croydon, when in 1596, he founded the Hospital of the Holy Trinity (now known as the Whitgift Almshouses) on North End to care for the poor and needy of the town.

In 1997, the Carers Information Service was established by the Foundation which now receives thousands of enquiries from carers each year and runs a drop in service, advice surgeries, training sessions, casework support, health and wellbeing events, the annual Carers Week and publications throughout the year.

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