Phil Deuk, manager of local home care provider, Caremark Brighton & Hove, is celebrating over 20 years in a career he says is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.
Initially, Phil wanted to be a psychiatric nurse but took on a part time care home role while he was studying two decades ago. Residents with learning disabilities came to rely on him for help with dressing, washing and mobility. Phil quickly developed a passion for the industry.
“At the time I had no plans for care to become a long-term career, but this changed when I saw the positive impact of my work,” explained Phil. “I committed to care full time as I loved being in a hands-on role. Being able to make a difference to somebody’s life is an amazing feeling.”
Phil went on to work for local authorities and other organisations in managerial roles but was still involved on the front line of care. He recalls helping a man with learning difficulties re-establish a relationship with his children: “It’s incredible to be able to help people in a time of crisis and help bring a family back together. I have a big family myself and moments like this remind me of why I am so devoted to care.”
Phil’s wife, Susannah, works alongside Phil as managing director at Caremark Brighton & Hove, which was established in 2018 and recently received a ‘Good’ overall rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an inspection.
Phil and Susannah’s passion for care is rubbing off on the rest of their family with oldest daughter Bethany, 19, already working for the business and younger sibling Naomi, 17, looking to follow in her footsteps. “My advice to anyone considering a career in care is to go for it!” said Phil. “It is wonderfully rewarding and there are great opportunities for career progression. We’re recruiting for new care and support workers, so if you think you’ve got what it takes get in touch.”