Fordingbridge ensures its Staff are trained to the highest levels of Nusing Care, with particular emphasis on Mental Health training.

Continuous appraisal and development ensures our residents are cared for by a skilled, knowledgeable and up‑to‑date workforce.

Sheila Pickering - Manager

Sheila Pickering - Manager

Sheila is a registered mental Nurse and has more than 30 years experience both in the NHS and the private sector.

She has worked in Nursing Homes for nearly 20 years managing services for people living with dementia and people with neurological difficulties due to acquired brain injuries.

Sheila joined Fordingbridge in December 2013.


Alison Bruce - Director of Care

Alison Bruce - Director of Care

Having completed her training at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, Alison then went to work for two years in Saudi Arabia. Upon her return to England she held a variety of nursing posts before being appointed Matron of New Forest Nursing Home.

In 1996 Sentinel took over the home and soon after Alison was appointed Director of Care for the Group. This involves a challenging but rewarding schedule of overseeing the day-to-day running of all the homes.

Recently Alison completed her FDSC in Care Home management at Bournemouth University.