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Clare Shuker
Clare ShukerHome Manager
Clare joined Vida Hall in 2014 and has worked in the Elderly Care sector for over ten years in various roles ranging from Senior Carer to Health & Social Care NVQ Assessor. During Clare’s time at university, she took a community based route where she was able to source her own placements in primary and community care settings; district nursing, hospice care, palliative care, community matrons to name a few. After qualifying from university as a trained nurse, Clare went on to further train to be a Practice Nurse and earned a triangulated role between Leeds West CCG.

It was so refreshing to step foot into Vida Hall and instantly feel like I belonged. To see the leaps that had been taken in specialist dementia care was overwhelming yet inspiring. My proudest moment during my time at Vida was receiving the extra mile award in December.

Pam Farres
Pam FarresDeputy Home Manager
Pam has worked in care for more than 30 years, 25 of which have been in dementia care. She has been a part of the team at Vida Hall since it opened and holds a Dementia Care Mapping qualification from the University of Bradford. In 2015 she studied culture change in dementia care through the Dementia Care Matters programme, gaining a qualification through the University of Surrey. In 2015, Pam was shortlisted for the final of the Great British Care Awards in the Category ‘Dementia Carer of the Year’.

Meaningful and effective dementia care is very close to my heart both personally and professionally. I gain great satisfaction from working closely with my residents and their families.

Tracy Cliff
Tracy CliffOperations Manager
Tracy is responsible for the day to day operations at Vida Hall, overseeing the Housekeeping, Laundry and Maintenance teams. She has worked in a care home environment for the past seven years in both residential and dementia care settings. Her role ensures smooth running of the home, allowing Wendy to focus on maintaining excellent standards of care.

I am delighted to be part of such a dedicated and innovative team that brings positivity to the home every day.

Theresa McNally
Theresa McNallyCreative Practice Manager
Theresa attended Art School before becoming a Mental Health Nurse and has managed several projects, all with a focus on the behavioural models of care and support. Theresa’s role at Vida is to train staff about person-centred approaches to dementia. Theresa won ‘Care Trainer of the year 2015’ in the Yorkshire Great British Care Awards. Theresa runs the Family Support Network and also works directly with residents using Art, Music and Puppetry to engage them .

Working at Vida allows me to work with my true self and to support others to do the same.

Hazel Bellamy
Hazel BellamyHome Administrator
Hazel joined the team at Vida Hall in June 2018 and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience having worked within the care sector for over fifteen years as a health and social care training coordinator. Hazel makes a welcome addition to Vida Hall, a caring and conscientious nature coupled with a high level of qualification in Business Administration and level 5 Diploma in Management.

It is a pleasure to work with and be part of such a wonderful team here at Vida Hall.

Amanda Whitehouse
Amanda WhitehouseHouse Manager
Amanda has worked in health & social care for more than 30 years and is now the House Manager of Meadow View. She has been a part of the team at Vida Hall for 2 years and holds a Dementia Care Mapping qualification from the University of Bradford. She has her Registered Managers Award and has studied through various NVQ programmes. Amanda was awarded the most dedicated employee of the year award for Vida Hall in 2018.

I am very proud to be overseeing Meadow View house at Vida Hall. I strongly believe in Vida Healthcare’s ethos and I am passionate in supporting people who live with Dementia.

Akos Heresznyei
Akos HeresznyeiHouse Manager
Akos has worked in health & social care for more than 10 years. He has been a part of the team at Vida Hall for 7 years since opening. After six years’ experience in team leadership, this year Akos became House manager for Woodlands and is focusing on to improve quality of service for residents with passion and with innovative approach. Akos is dedicated to concentrate on our residents’ individuality, physical and psychological needs to improve and maintain high level of well-being for our residents and their families.

I am extremely proud to be part of the Vida family. I started seven years ago and I do believe that this period of time can prove our passion and dedication to our resident, families and the entire community. We believe in success and we believe we can achieve it together.

Sara Davy Walker
Sara Davy WalkerHouse Manager
Sara has worked in Dementia care for 15 years and has been at Vida hall since it opened. Sara became a Team leader working on both residential houses, on days and nights. Sara has experience in elderly care and is passionate about supporting both residents and relatives with a caring and compassionate nature. Sara has achieved her NVQ 3 in care and is currently completing a leadership and management course. Sara became House manager for Orchard view this year and is focusing on maintaining and improving our very high standard of care and supporting the staff team to follow the Vida ethos.

I am very proud to be a part of the Vida Family. It is a pleasure to be overseeing Orchard View house. I am extremely passionate about delivering outstanding, specialist dementia care.

Emma Lister
Emma ListerMarketing Manager
Emma joined Vida Healthcare in August 2018. Emma graduated Long Island University in New York with a BSc in Business Management and Marketing and brings experience of digital marketing to the team. Emma helps to position Vida Healthcare as the UK’s leader in dementia care.

It’s an honour to work for Vida and i’m proud to be a part of this outstanding team.

Emma Wood
Emma WoodAdmissions Manager
Emma joined Vida Healthcare in November 2020. Emma graduated from Northumbria University with a BA Honours in Hospitality Management in 2005, and brings a wealth of experience in building trusted relationships with clients. As Admissions Manager, Emma is likely to be the first point of contact for friends and families enquiring about our homes for loved ones, and she feels all our residents – along with their family and friends – receive supportive, caring, friendly and informative advice when considering Vida Healthcare as their new home.

I feel very proud to have been welcomed to the Vida team.  To work with people who put the care and wellbeing of their residents at the forefront of everything they do, is delightfully refreshing!  To know that there is such knowledge and support available as I start my journey with Vida, is a real comfort.  I am delighted to be part of this family!

John Daly
John DalyLearning & Development Manager
John has worked in the Health and Care sector for over fifteen years. John has a degree in Business Management and is a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) Practitioner. Other areas of specialism include the design, development & management of complex learning & development programmes. John is an experienced facilitator in key aspects of the Health and Social Care sector and has been instrumental in the delivery of a wide portfolio of successful programmes in areas including Behavioural Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), Learning Disability, Mental Health and Substance Dependence.
Helen Daly
Helen DalyLearning & Development Manager
Helen is an experienced Programme Manager and Registered Health Care Professional. With 35 years’ experience of working in the field of Continuous Quality Improvement at a national and local level in the pre-hospital, hospital, community health care and education sectors. Helen’s aim across all service areas is to ensure a clear focus on clinical leadership and a robust evidence base to deliver positive outcomes. Helen has a Masters in Business Administration.
Sam Rhodes
Sam RhodesRecruitment Manager
Sam studied Hospitality Management at the University of Central Lancashire and then fell into recruitment which she has now been doing for over 25 years – covering all different specialisms – nurses to Saudi Arabia, Social Workers & Support Workers around Yorkshire and recently all different levels, roles and specialisms around the country.
Wendy Korcu
Wendy KorcuNurse Assessor
Wendy’s role as Nurse assessor brings her into contact with families at the very beginning of their journey with Vida Healthcare. Being fully aware of the difficulty of making such a decision, she can often assist and advise families. Wendy will gather comprehensive, accurate information about their loved ones in order to ensure that Vida can meet their needs and select the most suitable house at one of our outstanding care homes. Wendy is a Qualified Trained Nurse – having qualified over 35 years ago – she’s worked in many settings gaining experiencing and training in both Acute, primary and secondary care. Wendy’s studied Dementia studies at Bradford university, and is a Dementia care mapper. Wendy also has experience and extra training in end-of-life care.

“I am so very passionate about providing specialist care for those living with Dementia. – my new role enables me to continue to support this wonderful team, our residents and their families.”


Date of inspection
13 November 2020

Registered by Care Quality Commission

Registered by Care Quality Commission

The Outstanding Society

The Outstanding Society

Caring UK Awards 2018 Shortlist

Caring UK Awards 2018 Shortlist

Dementia Forward

Dementia Forward

Great British Care Awards 2018 Regional Winner

Great British Care Awards 2018 Regional Winner

Great British Care Awards 2019 Regional Winner

Great British Care Awards 2019 Regional Winner

Accolades 2015/16 Winner

Skills For Care Accolades Winner 2015/16