Liz Marr is Manager of Care Services at Waverley Care Milestone, our residential respite unit. Liz joined Waverley Care in 1995. Her role involves managing the care team, ensuring high standards of care and overseeing referrals and admissions. She also finds time to provide one-to-one and group support to service users.
Why did you choose to work for Waverley Care?
When I took the post at Milestone it involved palliative (end of life) care which I had mostly worked in since qualifying. It presented a new challenge to me though because I had never cared for anyone with HIV. It just felt like the job would be a perfect fit and I soon found out that it was.
Is there anything that frustrates you about your job?
Yes! After 15 years of working in the HIV sector, stigma continues to be an ever-present issue.
What did you do before you worked at Waverley Care?
Before qualifying as a nurse, I worked in a chemist, a bakers and a grocers. Once a qualified nurse, I progressed to qualify as a RMN (Registered Mental Nurse) and have worked in oncology at the Edinburgh Western General Hospital, the Psychiatric Day Hospital at the Edinburgh Royal Victoria Hospital and have worked in nursing homes.
When not working, what do you spend your time doing?
Socialising with family – there are quite a lot of us. I love reading, watching movies (particularly Hitchcock but I’ve been known to watch the odd rom com), singing and dining out with good company.
What are you currently reading?
One Day by David Nicholls. I can highly recommend it.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
I would love to still be working in a nursing or social care role and be doing pretty much what I’m doing now, with the addition of three holidays a year to a little holiday home in the Vendee region of France.