How Rowcroft’s Director of Care and Strategy Dr Gill Horne relocated to Devon
“I had always wanted to be a director of patient care or consultant nurse in palliative care, so when the advert came out for a director of patient care at Rowcroft Hospice I looked at it with great interest. My husband and I had many holidays in the South West as kids and with our own family, and we dreamed that one day, perhaps when we retired, we might be able to live by the sea; never imagining that we might be able to live by the sea whilst still working!
“Having looked at the job description and deciding I really wanted to apply for the post we sat down as a family (my son was twelve at the time) to ‘count the cost.’ There would be a new school to find for our son, new work to find for my husband and of course the need to sell our family home and buy another one.
“Knowing that there was a relocation package to support us to move to Devon made the decision on the financial costs of moving not a burden or risk to me or my family in applying and taking the post. Rowcroft offered advice on best schools in the area and places to live.
“I have been so happy here these past 13 years at Rowcroft and my husband and I still pinch ourselves sometimes that I have had my dream job (having recently started in a new role – still here at Rowcroft) and we’re in our dream location.“