Luke Cook is one of the latest additions to our Askham family. He’s certainly had an interesting journey in the care industry so far, with experience in the British Army under his belt.
Keep reading to find out more about Luke’s favourite part of his job, and why he loves being part of our rehab centre in Cambridgeshire.
Can you tell us your name and role at Askham?
I’m Luke Cook, and I’m the new manager of rehab services at Askham Community Village.
Can you tell us a bit about your journey so far in the care industry?
My nursing career started in the British Army, where I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to university to gain my qualification. After my training, I was posted to Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey, where I consolidated my nursing training and practice.
What ignited your interest in neurological rehabilitation?
On completion of my programme, I was posted once again to DMRC (Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre), which is where I was first exposed to neurological rehab and the rehab element.
There are a million and one different directions that a career in nursing can take – and my exposure to neurological rehab allowed me to find something that I was very much invested in.
I was part of the DMRC for 2 years, where I progressed to the role of lead neuro nurse, acting as the representative for all of my neurological residents.
Why did you join the Askham family?
For me, my new role at Askham is the culmination of everything that I’ve done previously – from being general manager at my previous place of work, to now having the clinical aspect of care management. Hopefully, I can use what I’ve learned, as well as everything that fuels me as a person, to deliver exceptional care.
What are you looking forward to over the next few months?
Within my new role, I’m looking forward to seeing our residents reach their potential and goals, whilst trying to surpass what their rehab potential would be.
I’m looking forward to actually seeing rehab progress again; for example, seeing someone take their first steps after an incident that happened. I can’t wait to see their journeys and to be part of them.
Thank you to Luke for taking the time to tell us all about his journey in the care industry.
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