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From kitchen to care home: ‘my career change is as rewarding as it gets’

Care worker and prospective nursing student Ross Balmer outlines his ambitions
Ross and Yvonne dance together

Care worker and prospective nursing student Ross Balmer outlines his ambitions

A care home worker whose jiving with an older resident became a social media sensation, has been recognised with a national award.

‘It makes me feel I’ve chosen the right career path. It’s about as rewarding as it gets,’ says Ross Balmer, who was runner-up in the emerging talent category at the Scottish Care Awards, held in November to celebrate the work of staff and organisations in residential care and nursing homes.

‘I didn't think university was for me’

He joined Balhousie Care Group's Dalnaglar care home in Crieff, Perthshire, in February 2017. The home specialises in caring for people with dementia. ‘It fell together by chance,’ says Mr Balmer, who was nominated by his manager and another care worker for the award. ‘I was


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