Care staff scoop awards

17 October 2016

NURSING homes from across the Borough were recognised for the care they provide at an awards ceremony organised by Wigan and Leigh Hospice on October 14th.

Care staff scoop awards

Belong Atherton was the big winner on the night scooping four awards for Nurse of the Year, Senior Carer of the Year, Peer Nomination and the Staff Member of the Year (an award nominated by families and patients) at the ceremony held at Leigh Sports Village and hosted by Hospice Chief Executive Dr Alan Baron.

The team at Richmond House Care Home in Leigh walked away with three awards including Outstanding Home of the Year while Bedford Care Home in Leigh also took home three awards including the award for Most Improved Home of the Year.

The Hospice in your Care Home team organised the awards ceremony for staff from the 8 Borough nursing homes they have been working with to help improve care for residents who are dying and to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions at the end of life.

Andy Burnham MP, presenting the award for Manager of the Year to Lorraine Scholey from Richmond House (pictured above), said: "This award is to acknowledge the leadership and dedication required to be an effective care home manager. A great manager will inspire, motivate and empower their teams to provide high quality person centred care to their residents and support those important to them.
"I have never been at a celebration for care home staff and I'm glad they are getting this recognition because it is a pressured job day in and day out - it's a tough environment."

Yvonne Fovargue MP, giving the award for Most Improved Home, said: "All too often the only publicity care homes gets is bad. It's only right we hear about the work you put in that people don't see.
"The home chosen to receive this award has shown true resilience. With the support, encouragement and advice of the Hospice in your Care Home team, the staff in this home have shown great commitment, dedication and enthusiasm for acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to provide a high standard of end of life care to the residents."

Presenting the award for Outstanding Home of the Year to Richmond House (pictured below), Hayley Moores, Inspection Officer at the CQC, said: "We are seeing massive progress in the sector and we know this sector is under tremendous pressure. It's fantastic to see an initiative which is empowering you all to make a difference at the end of somebody's life. It's not an easy job and it takes a tremendous amount of compassion.
"The home receiving this award have been given this highly deserved accolade for their ongoing commitment to enhancing the care of their residents and those important to them at the end of their lives. Staff have been consistently enthusiastic and shown high levels of compassion and empathy to their residents and those important to them. The management of the home is exceptional and it is clear that staff are valued and integral to the decision making process."

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Hospice In Your Care Home have been a regular presence in the nursing homes 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 which Hospice in your Care Home have been working with 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.

The list of winners is as follows:

Manager of the Year
Lorraine Scholey - Richmond House Care Home

Deputy/Support Manager of the Year
Christopher Millington - Bedford Care Home

Dignity Champion
Stuart Hall - Appleby Court Nursing Home

Advance Care Planning Champion
Deb Travis - Ashton View Care Home

Nurse of the Year
Nicola Johnstone - Belong Atherton

Senior Carer of the Year
Elizabeth Lloyd - St George's Nursing Home
Samantha Pitchford - Belong Atherton

Carer of the Year
Kathryn Vernon - Ashton View Care Home

Non- Clinical staff member of the Year
Susan Walker - Richmond House Care Home

Staff Member/Team who have gone the extra mile (nominated by the awards committee)
Astley House - Bedford Care Home

Staff Member of the Year (nominated by families and patients)
Jane Booth - Belong Atherton

Peer Nomination
Nicola Johnstone - Belong Atherton

Most Improved Home of the Year
Bedford Care Home

Outstanding Home of the Year
Richmond House Care Home

The winners were 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.

The service is modelled on a service provided by St Christopher's Hospice in London. Wigan and Leigh Hospice is one of very few hospices offering a service working with nursing homes.


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