SPACE Care Home Improvement Event 2018

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Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) celebrated the achievement of care homes involved in The Safer Provision and Caring Excellence (SPACE) programme during its second SPACE Awards ceremony on Thursday 22 November.

The SPACE programme was a two year large-scale Care Home Quality Improvement (QI) programme, within which 18 care homes were sponsored by the West Midlands Patient Safety Collaborative and evaluated by The University of Birmingham.

The aim of the programme was to improve and strengthen safety culture, promote harm free care and reduce the incidence of adverse safety events such as falls pressure injury and medication errors in care homes by providing skills training to managers and staff on how to apply QI techniques. 

The awards ceremony took place as part of the SPACE Care Home Improvement Event, where care home came together to share best practice, recognise achievement and learn how to sustain those improvements. See the list of this year’s winners below.

Jeanette Jarvis

The Care Home Manager of the Year was awarded to Jeanette Jarvis at Aldergrove Manor Care Centre for her excellent leadership, having quality and safety at the heart of all she does and a strong focus on resident and staff wellbeing.

Most Innovative Care Improvement Environment Award

Aldergrove Manor Care Home was recognised with the Most Innovative Care Improvement Environment Award for improvements including a relatives bereavement room, development of a widowers club, a tea room and hairdressing salon. 





  Newlyn Court
Newlyn Court Care Home was presented with the Most Innovative Improvement Clinical Award, in recognition for joint working with health and beyond establishing a programme for regular holistic planned reviews. 




Anville Court

The Most Improved Care Home Award went to Anville Court Care Home for demonstrating low admissions, low A&E attendances and no falls for over one year. 




Goldthron Lodge

The Special Recognition Award was awarded to Goldthorn Lodge Care Home for reliably submitting quality indicator data returns each month. Consistently having low rate of harms overall, no UTIs since August 2017, low A&E usage and hospital admissions, achieving 100% Harm Free care on the NHS Safety Thermometer. The home has embraced the SPACE programme although recognised that Quality Improvement is part of the day job and has a real sense of quality and safety culture.



Sally Roberts, Chief Nurse and Director of Quality, WCCG, who presented the awards said: “It was an honour to present the awards and hear about the fantastic improvements that have resulted from the SPACE programme. Congratulations to all homes involved in the project and staff that have participated. It has been a great success.”

Following the event, NHS England has also asked a local GP to talk about the benefits of working in partnership with the care sector. Some benefits included the reduction of time spent by GPs on site at care homes to more sustainable levels. The aim is to spread the message to other GPs and encourage closer working with care homes.

The SPACE programme has received local and national recognition and although the two year programme has completed, the CCG are committed to continue the work within care homes and share our best practice with others.