The best principles in care


Florence Nightingale might not recognise the world we live in today, but her ambition and dedication to providing better and safer healthcare practises is an inspiration that stands the test of time.

To celebrate the achievements and dedication of all nurses, 12th May is now marked as International Nurses Day and is celebrated around the world.

Just as Florence did throughout her career, there are many nurses working outside their country of birth today. At Barchester we welcome nurses from overseas and applaud their hard work alongside all our nurses on International Nurses Day.

Ioana Pop (pronounced Iwana), originally from Romania, joined Barchester in 2013 and is currently Deputy Manager at Oaklands Care Home. She immediately noticed that, “Care for the elderly in the UK is very different to elderly care in my country. We have no official support network where our elderly can go in Romania. There are a few hospices for homeless elderly people, but most of the care for the elderly takes place at home.”

Ioana tells us how International Nurses Day is celebrated in Romania, “We hold meetings and conferences in hospices and hospitals. There is also an emphasis on the dedication of student nurses, so there are lots of talks held in schools and colleges; it’s lovely. This year I am looking forward to celebrating International Nurses Day as we do in Romania in my care home”.

“I started my career with Barchester in a Unit Manager role; I absolutely loved it. Barchester provided all the additional training I needed, such as manual handling and dementia care. I found it really interesting to learn new skills.”

“The amount of autonomy in my role was a surprise when I first started to work in the UK. In my 11 years of nursing, I had only ever worked in a Romanian hospital where doctors made all the decisions. But I loved the autonomy! I was responsible for my own residents and with the support network within the home and the community I could offer each resident the person-centred care I knew was best for them.”

Ioana quickly moved from her Head of Unit role to Senior Clinical Lead Nurse and more recently into a Deputy Manager role. This role has enabled her to combine the two things she believes in strongly; person-centred care for the residents in her care and building a strong team within the care home.

“Now I am a Deputy Manager there has been a change to the way I have been used to working. I don’t have as many hours on the floor with the residents, but I still keep as hands-on as I can; I wouldn’t have it any other way. My role is all about talking to the residents and their families and communicating with my nurses and care assistants so that I’m always aware of what is happening in the home.”

“I have received an amazing amount of support throughout my career at Barchester and I want to pass that onto my team. My role is all about investing in my team so they can provide the best care available for our residents. There is nothing better than knowing that you’ve made a difference. Some of our residents can only say thank you with their eyes, but it is always special.”

“I have embraced all the changes in my life. Moving to the UK was one of my goals and I love it – after getting used the weather!”

“I have been given opportunities at Barchester that I would never have had in Romania. There would have been little to no access to any of the training or management opportunities I have received at. I am looking forward to all the things I can achieve.”

“Barchester offers the best principles in care and that makes them a unique company to work for. I am very proud to be working here.”

Jacqueline Rodgers, Director of Recruitment at Barchester said “I have had the pleasure of meeting with Ioana at our Oaklands Care Home and could clearly see that Ioana demonstrates all that a Barchester nurse can achieve. To ensure we provide the best care to our residents, we are proud to recruit the best nurses from the UK and around the world. Ioana is a role model to all our nurses, especially those who have joined us from outside the UK and we look forward to celebrating International Nurses Day in a truly international way.”