September 12, 2022

Welcome Raavi Sandhu, NUM of Ian Brand Residential Care

Welcome Ravinder Sandhu, the new Nurse Unit Manager (NUM) of Ian Brand Residential Care (IBRC) at Bundoora Centre.

Raavi started at Northern Health two months ago and has worked as a NUM for the past seven years in aged care.

“I am passionate about aged care and looking after our older people, as well as trying to make improvements in aged care with the support of our teams while engaging our residents,” she says.

Raavi has worked in health for over 11 years in different roles including as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse and NUM in dementia-supported units, aged care facilities and a psychogeriatric unit.

Prior to commencing at IBRC, Raavi worked in the private sector for most of her career.

She says her favourite part of being a NUM is building connections with residents, as well as with her team.

“I enjoy working closely with my residents, as it makes me feel like my home. I enjoy leading my team while taking improvement initiatives towards best practice patient care, as well as staff efficiency and wellbeing,” she says.

Raavi has been warmly welcomed by staff in her new role.

“Ian Brand is a beautiful small aged care facility at Bundoora Centre. Staff are very welcoming and residents enjoy living here. Our dedicated team of professionals support residents’ health and wellbeing to their best life,” she says.

“We are pleased to advise that, after going through lot of challenges during COVID-19, we are back on track with a lot happening at IBRC, including volunteers being back, students being back for placements and outdoor activities and outings re-commencing. We are looking forward to having our entertainer back on site as well.”

Looking to the future, Raavi and her team are working on various improvement projects to enhance the fantastic care already provided to residents.

“We have some projects already underway to improve our services at IBRC. We have some vacant rooms which we have started to fill recently, with some admissions already completed and some underway. There is a lot to look forward to at IBRC!”

Lisa Cox, Chief Nursing & Midwifery Officer and Divisional Director Nursing – Subacute, recognised the hard work of staff at IBRC.

“While we have always known that the staff at Ian Brand Residential Care are fantastic, this was further confirmed in August with an unannounced accreditation. I am proud to share that the feedback from the accreditation was positive and reconfirmed the excellent work that our team is doing at IBRC.”