Awards ceremony for care home staff

30 August 2016

AN AWARDS ceremony has been organised by the care home team at Wigan and Leigh Hospice to recognise and reward care workers at Borough nursing homes.

Since November 2015 the Hospice In Your Care Home team have been working with eight nursing homes to help improve care for their residents who are nearing the end of their lives and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.

On October 14th at Leigh Sports Village a total of 13 awards will be handed out.

Debbie Dempsey, Hospice in your Care Home Manager, said: "Inappropriate hospital admissions may be initiated by nursing home staff because they lack dedicated support and basic training in palliative and end of life care. Over the last ten months we have worked closely with these eight nursing homes to give staff the practical skills and knowledge they need to enhance the care given to their residents who are dying and to support their loved ones.

"Over that time we have seen a lot of excellent work being done, but nursing home staff don't always get the recognition they deserve. Our awards ceremony aims to celebrate the positive initiatives in nursing homes and highlight individuals who are making a real difference to the residents they care for."

Four registered nurses and a healthcare assistant from Hospice In Your Care Home have been a regular presence in the nursing homes. The team has been working closely with nursing home staff to promote training based upon the most up-to-date research available and equip them with the practical skills and knowledge needed to provide sensitive, timely and compassionate end of life care.

Education programmes have been delivered on how to communicate in difficult or distressing situations such as talking to residents or their families about a patient's future care needs. Staff have also been trained in how to recognise when someone is nearing the end of their life and how to anticipate what medication and pain relief may be needed.

The eight homes are: Ashton View Care Home in Ashton; Appleby Court Nursing Home in Pemberton; Bedford Care Home in Leigh; Belong Atherton; Dean Wood Manor in Orrell; Mahogany Nursing Home in Newtown; St George's Nursing Home in Wigan and Richmond House Care Home in Leigh.

Voting boxes were placed in all eight nursing homes to give staff the opportunity to nominate their colleagues. Families and patients were able to vote for the 'Staff Member of the Year'.

Around 120 nursing home staff are expected to attend the awards ceremony which will be hosted by Hospice Chief Executive Alan Baron, with awards presented by various professionals from Wigan Council, Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and the Care Quality Commission.

The awards being presented are:
• Manager of the Year
• Deputy/Support Manager of the Year
• Dignity Champion
• Advance Care Planning Champion
• Nurse of the Year
• Senior Carer of the Year
• Carer of the Year
• Non-clinical staff member of the Year
• Staff Member or team who has gone the Extra Mile
• Staff Member of the year (nominated by families/patients)
• Peer Nomination
• Most Improved Home of the Year
• Outstanding Home of the Year
The winners will be selected by the Hospice In Your Care Home Steering Group which includes team members from Hospice In Your Care Home and Wigan Council's quality performance officers team.

Hospice in Your Care Home was established following funding from Wigan and District Cancer Research Committee and from Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group and Wigan Council.


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