2014 NIMAC Study Tour (Ireland, UK)

Nurses in Management Aged Care (NIMAC) have pleasure in hosting our third International Study Tour to Ireland and the United Kingdom. The tour will incorporate a tour of aged care facilities which provide a range of aged care services, including residential aged care, respite, dementia services etc. The tour is designed to provide delegates with access to facilities with specific features or elements we believe are worthy of inspection. Information gained from these visits will form the basis of discussions, consideration and debate as to their applicability to our services in Australia.

Study Tour 2014


Greenhills Nursing Home

Gowran Abbey

Kerlough Nursing Home

Highfields Health Care

Kiltipper Woods Care Centre


Free Day

Ferry Dublin - Holyhead

Belong Wigan

Evermore Group

Donisthorpe Hall

Berkley Hall


Beacon Edge


2014 NIMAC Study Tour (Ireland, UK)

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Brierfiled Mills Story

The Nelson Leader local paper ran an article on our intrepid NIMAC Study tour participants after they visited the location of the new Evermore facility in Northlight.

"Work is going to start soon to create 66 homes for single old-er people in Northlight, which use to be Brierfield Mills.This week a team of 14 nurses went to the mill to see the location – and they had come all the way from Brisbane in Australia! The largest section of Northlight is being created by Evermore, who provide caring facilities for the elderly. Nelson firm Barnfield Construction will do the work. And the firm invited the Australian members of Nurses in Management – Aged Care to include Brierfield in their trip around the North of England to find out about care for older people. They were shown round the mill by Evermore’s chief executive officer Sara McKee, and Barnfield projects director Gareth Smith. Sara made it clear their work will start in the new year and will include 66 facilities. “We think they’ve got a lovely view,” she said. “I’ve always loved this area. I’ve been working on this project for two and a half years.”The nurses had been to see a care home in Wigan before moving on the Brierfield. And they were then going to Leeds and Penrith to find out more about care conditions of older people.When they were shown round the Evermore location in, Mr Smith explained plans for the mill, including not just the residential facilities but a hotel, sports facilities, a fam-ily pub, a canal marina and of-fice facilities. Work will start in March and carry on for around two years.And Sara explained that residents in the appartments would have doctors and nurses looking after them."

Article reprinted from full source - Nelson Leader


Photos - Judy O'Connell

The group visiting up last facility in Penrith UK

Laila looking for Leonardo Di. Caprio on Lake Windermere

Laila saying farewell to her fellow Nimacians on Lake Windermere


Final Day

Our final day - the group were on the road to Penrith by 8am. Unfortunately when we arrived they were not expecting us, the care manager was on leave and the facility were sanctioned with Agency on site. Despite this Jane the 2IC and Mandy the Activity Coordinator handled the occasion well. Beacon Edge is a BUPA facility that specializes in Dementia care (37 beds) although they currently have 24 due to sanctions applied.

We spent the afternoon cruising Windermere Lake and although our catering was stuffed up we pulled into a dock and bought fish and chips for the group. A great afternoon and wonderful end to the study tour for 2014.
Delegates are now heading off in all directions, Europe, Scotland and Oz.

A stained glass window in the observatory at Beacon Edge.

Mandy (L) and Jane (R)

Beacon Edge is a grand old house

Our boat to cruise the Lake.

This intrepid swimmer swimming in 5degrees C. Requirement is that someone accompany swimmers for safety reasons.


8 Lakes

We joined Colin our driver and Geoff our guide to drive around the 8 lakes. A beautiful day where once again photos do not do the scenery justice.

We had our final dinner together as a group - hard to believe it is almost over.
Pam Bridges

The three old chooks

Judy and Ruth posing at a coffee stop.

The markets were in full swing

Last light out the bedroom window.


Impressions - Laila Chalustowski

The NIMAC study tour has been really interesting, filled with diversity. Even though the days are busy and our scheduling  is tight in visiting interesting residential aged care facilities, we still manage to fit a little leisure time into our day ....even Marie wont let the crutches stop her!