Care village operator Belong has appointed a new area manager of its Belong at Home service covering Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.
Tomas Zahorka will be responsible for all aspects of the organisation’s provision of bespoke support packages within CQC guidelines, together with the training and professional development of its employees.
Originally from the Czech Republic, Zahorka found his calling in the care sector after moving to the UK and becoming an assistant support worker at Belong’s Macclesfield care village in 2011, before being promoted to senior community support worker.
He previously lived in St. Louis, Missouri, in the US, and studied political science and human rights at Webster University before training to become a teacher.
Commenting on his new appointment, Zahorka said: “I’ve really enjoyed my journey with Belong so far, so I’m very excited about this new responsibility and challenge. I’m looking forward to providing the highest standards of care for customers and to create employment opportunities for people in the local area as the service grows.”
Belong at Home operations manager Jo Ball said: “In his time at Belong, Tomas has shown a passion for providing high-quality, personalised care, along with great leadership potential. His values are also closely aligned with those of Belong; therefore he is exactly the right person to lead the service as Belong seeks to extend its home care provision to people living in Newcastle and the surrounding areas.”
As well as qualifications obtained prior to becoming a teacher, which include a Master’s degree in special education, Zahorka holds an NVQ level 3 in health and social care and is studying to achieve NVQ level 5 in leadership management.