Nursing home staff celebrated

28 September 2017

THE ACHIEVEMENTS of nursing home staff in Wigan borough will be recognised at a ceremony organised by Wigan and Leigh Hospice on Friday, October 6th.

Care staff scoop awards

  • Lorraine Scholey from Richmond House Care Home in Leigh accepts her award for Manager of the Year at the 2016 ceremony from former MP for Leigh, Andy Burnham.

 The hospice's Hospice In Your Care Home team has arranged the ceremony for the second year running to celebrate the progress made by nursing homes in improving end-of-life care for their residents.

Since November 2015 the team has been running a rolling 12-week programme of training and offering ongoing support to eight borough nursing homes.

At Leigh Sports Village on October 6th a total of 14 awards will be handed out including Manager of the Year, Most Improved Home and Home of the Year.

Debbie Dempsey, Hospice In Your Care Home Manager, said: "We have been working with local nursing homes for almost two years now and over that time real progress has been made as staff have embraced the training. Care for residents at the end of their lives has improved, more residents are planning for their care and staff confidence has increased.
"As a team spending a lot of time in the nursing homes we've have seen for ourselves a lot of good work being done. The awards ceremony is a way of recognising those homes and individuals who are making a positive difference to the lives of their residents."

Five registered nurses and a healthcare assistant from Hospice In Your Care Home are a regular presence in the nursing homes. The team provides training based upon the most up-to-date research available and aims to equip nursing home staff 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 about their 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.

Additionally, fewer residents have been unnecessarily admitted to hospital when they are coming to the end of their lives*.

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; Rosebridge Court in Hindley; 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.

The awards being presented are:

• Manager of the Year
• Deputy/Clinical Lead/Support Manager of the Year
• Dignity Champion
• Advance Care Planning (ACP) Champion
• Advance Care Planning (ACP) Registered Nurse Champion
• Nurse of the Year
• Senior Carer/Nursing Assistant of the Year
• Carer of the Year
• Non-clinical staff member of the Year
• Committee-nominated award
• 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.

Wigan and Leigh Hospice works with nursing homes in order to ensure that as many local people as possible can benefit from our expertise and knowledge in end-of-life care.

* An independent evaluation of the Hospice In Your Care Home service by Lancaster University found that since the team began working with eight nursing homes there had been a 25% reduction* in unnecessary hospital admissions of their residents.


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