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Meet our staff


Anita Smith

- Manager

Anita started her career as a care assistant in the private sector over 30 years ago. Anita's employment started with Abbeyfield in 1996 as a Senior Care Assistant at Millbeck House. Within in short period of time she was promoted to Deputy Manager. She was offered the position of Manager at Katherine House in 2001, where she managed the home until its closure in 2015. She then moved to Millbeck House as the manager full time.


Tom Johnson

- Finance Officer

Tom joined Abbeyfield in the autumn of 2014 as a Finance Officer for the Nottingham homes. He comes with a wealth of knowledge having worked with numerous accountancy firms. He has worked in finance since leaving college where he gained a national diploma in Business and Finance. Tom is now supporting independent living schemes in the North East along with the care homes and independent living schemes in Nottingham.


Joylyn Blackwood

- Head Cook

Joylyn is the head cook at Millbeck house. She began her employment at Millbeck House in 2011 as a care assistant, but her passion was cooking and she could often be found helping out in the kitchen! When the position of Cook became available Joylyn applied, while also completing an NVQ in catering. Joylyn is now the head cook at Millbeck house serving our residents with wholesome and nutritional meals.


Wendy Tolley

- Domestic Assistant

Wendy has worked for Abbeyfield since 2005, where she started her career at Katherine House as a Kitchen assistant. She also covered domestic duties and went on to complete an NVQ Level 2 in Catering and Food Preparation. Wendy moved to Millbeck House when Katherine House closed, where she continues with her role as Domestic Assistant, however will cover both Kitchen Assistant and Cook roles if required!


Donna Burns

- Senior Care Assistant

Donna has always worked in the care sector, and has worked for Abbeyfield since 2009. She started her Career as a Senior Care Assistant at Katherine House, and moved to Millbeck House as a Senior Care Assistant when that closed. Dona has both NVQ levels 2 and 3 and hopes eventually to do her Level 4.


Elaine Jones

- Care Assistant

Elaine has worked as a care assistant at Millbeck House since 2006. She has achieved her NVQ Level 2, and does not wish to move away from a Care Assistant role. She enjoys the daily one to one contact with the residents and gains job satisfaction from delivering personal care and support to our residents!


Shirley Porter

- Deputy Manager

Shirley joined Abbeyfield at Millbeck House in 1997, and came to the home with a vast knowledge of care from working in both care homes and hospital settings. She was soon promoted to Senior Care Assistant and took on the role of Deputy manager in 2001. Shirley supports the manager at Millbeck House part time.


abbeyfield residents involved in the city arts imagine projectWe recognise and respect that residents will have differing lifestyle preferences and the need for social and leisure activities will vary from one person to another. Some residents will have an active social life while others will want a level of privacy and independence from others. We will seek to respond to these unique differences and we will ensure that each resident has the opportunity to pursue hobbies and leisure interests, and participate in social activities as they wish.

We will also ensure that residents are able to exercise choice in relation to their personal and social relationships, both within and outside the care home. We are committed to the involvement of family and friends where
this is important to the resident.

We have a quiet lounge which is a small room with a varied selection of books and a television. It is ideal for residents wanting to spend time out of their room but wish to be where it is quiet. It is used regularly by residents who enjoy having a coffee and a chat!

Our social calendar is strongly driven by our residents and we always have a varied programme of events arranged. The programme includes such things as social evenings, coffee mornings, speakers on subjects of interest, music events, visiting entertainers, and trips to places of interest. Residents are kept informed of planned activities and events and are free to choose whether or not to join in.

We have also been involved in the exciting 'Imagine - Arts and Older People' project with Nottingham City Arts, which uses the arts to enrich the lives of older people and connect them to the local community. 

Residents, staff and volunteers at Millbeck House recently had a big party to celebrate our 25th birthday! The event was attended by over 100 people, including members of the local community and The Mayor of Gedling, Vivienne McCrossen. 

We are very proud to have been providing care for older people for 25 years, and thoroughly enjoyed celebrating alongside so many people with lots of food, singing, and dancing. 

Contact the house


Oakdale Road
United Kingdom


0115 9569790