Caring staff scoop awards

17 October 2017

CARING members of staff from nursing homes from across the Borough were recognised at an awards ceremony organised by Wigan and Leigh Hospice on Friday, October 6th.

Caring staff scoop awards

Both Bedford Care Home in Leigh and Richmond House Care Home in Leigh were the big winners on the night scooping four awards each at the ceremony held at Leigh Sports Village where 14 awards were available to win.

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

Jo Platt MP for Leigh, presenting the award for Non-clinical Staff Member of the Year to Gemma Willets at Belong Atherton, said: "This award is to recognise the tireless work which goes on often behind the scenes. These are the people who provide a clean environment, good food, social activity and contribute to raising the self-esteem of the residents and those important to them."

Christine Adams, the relative of a care home resident, presented the Family-nominated award to Julia Cross at Belong Atherton. She said: "The decision to place a family member into a care home is often a very difficult and emotional one. It can be a very daunting and confusing time for the relatives. This award is extremely important as it reflects the thoughts and feelings of service users. It recognises the qualities we look for in people to care for the most precious people in our lives."

John Almond, Care Quality Commission (CQC) Inspector, said: "It's not just important to give good quality end of life care for residents. It's vitally important to family members because we will be left with the memories for the rest of our lives. Well done hospice and well done you!"

Presenting the award for Home of the Year to Richmond House and Appleby Court, Hayley Moore Inspection Manager for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said: "There's only one chance to get this right so it's a wonderful thing you are doing to achieve good person-centred care at the end of life which makes such a tremendous difference to people and their families."

Hospice In Your Care Home have been a regular presence in the nursing homes since November 2015 working closely with nursing home staff to provide training and equip them with the practical skills and knowledge they need 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; Rosebridge Court in Hindley; St George's Nursing Home in Wigan and Richmond House Care Home in Leigh.

Around 120 nursing home staff attended the event.

The list of winners is as follows:
Manager of the Year
Lorraine Scholey, Richmond House

Deputy/Clinical Lead/ Support Manager of the Year
Dean Bent, Richmond House

Dignity Champion
Jane Whittle, Dean Wood Manor

Advance Care Planning Champion
Eileen Evans, Bedford (HCA)

Advance Care Planning (ACP) Registered Nurse Champion
Upneet Riar, Rosebridge Court (Nurse)

Nurse of the Year
Janette Pye, Appleby Court

Senior Carer/Nursing Assistant of the Year
Marie Sanders, Bedford

Carer of the Year
Margaret Buckley, Bedford

Non- Clinical staff member of the Year
Gemma Willets, Belong

Committee-nominated award
Lilford House, Bedford

Staff Member of the Year (nominated by families and patients)
Julia Cross, Belong

Peer Nomination
Dean Bent, Richmond House

Most Improved Home of the Year
Dean Wood Manor

Home of the Year
Richmond House and Appleby Court

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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