Awards highlight outstanding work by Wolverhampton care homes

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Care homes across Wolverhampton have been recognised by the NHS for undertaking quality improvement projects to promote high-quality and safe care as part of a special awards programme.

Pictured are the award winners

Pictured at the SPACE Awards are: Front row Left to Right: Tracie Wilson- Project Facilitator, Councillor Samuels, Molly Henriques Dillon - Quality Nurse Team Leader. Back Row Left to Right: Lucy Edwards –The Sycamores ,Juanita Hughes – The Sycamores, Janet Evans- Wellesley House ,Iram Khan-Belvidere Court, Baljit Sidhu- Aldergrove Manor, Morag Yang-Wellesley House, Sarah Curtis –Aldergrove Manor, Nigel Godman-Athol House, Jeanette Jarvis – Aldergrove Manor ,Jayne Lilley- Eversleigh care centre ,Vivienne Watson –Lavender Court (formely Parkfields) ,Gerry Dwyer-Abbey Lodge, Caroline Kane –Eversleigh care centre , Anita Kaur – Orchard House

The Safer Provision & Care Excellence (SPACE) Awards are run by NHS Wolverhampton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to recognise care home staff for their outstanding contribution to care. The judging was done by an independent panel unknown to any of the care homes that were nominated for an award.

Aldergrove Manor Care Home and Orchard House Nursing Home were presented with the Most Improved Care Homes Award for enhanced performance.

The Care Home Manager of the Year was awarded to Jayne Lilley at Eversleigh Care Centre. Jayne had received a high number of nominations from staff and family members highlighting her supportive manner and leadership in ensuring quality care for residents.

Aldergrove Manor Care Home and Newlyn Court Care Home were recognised with Most Innovative Care Improvement Awards. These awards are judged on how the homes have used quality improvement tools and/or techniques to improve the management of residents with complex care needs. There are two Awards; one for environment and the second for clinical care.

Aldergrove received the award in recognition of Innovative and attention to detail with use of food moulds to support nutrition for residents with dysphagia involving not only care staff but catering staff as well.

Newlyn Court  was presented with the award in recognition of the work undertaken to make improvements to the environment, improving orientation and creating meaningful spaces with identified collaboration with residents, family and staff.

Dr Helen Hibbs, Chief Officer at NHS Wolverhampton CCG, said: “The role of care homes in supporting key NHS services has never been as important as it is now and these awards really do showcase the fantastic work that they do in caring for a wide range of people’s needs. We had some fantastic nominations and it was a real privilege to hear such inspirational stories of care, compassion and dedication to helping those who need it in our community.

“Our care homes improvement programme, Safer Provision & Care Excellence (SPACE), is helping to train care home staff and managers in service improvement techniques. We are committed to investing in the best quality care for local people and this is just one way of ensuring that the care available meets their expectations.”

Councillor Sandra Samuels, OBE, Cabinet Member for Adults, Wolverhampton City Council, who presented the awards said: “Huge congratulations to all homes involved in the project and staff that have participated.  Excellence in care is a must and I feel the SPACE project delivers on that.”