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Local Care Home Assistant Practitioner wins Regional Care Accolade

Alison Naylor from Elizabeth Fleming Care Home in Hetton-le-Hole has been crowned the Regional Care Home Assistant Practitioner of the Year for the North East of England, South West and Bristol in the Four Seasons Health Care Awards 2016 and is through to the national finals.

These are the 1st Four Season’s Care Awards and this Year over 700 people were nominated for awards by care home residents, colleagues and visitors. All entries have been of a very high standard making the judging process a difficult one. However, a winner had to be chosen and the nomination for Alison demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Regional Care Home Assistant Practitioner of the Year, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including how the overall winner has supported the Registered Nurses in their home to meet a range of clinical needs to enhance their residents’ experiences.

Alison was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Alison has worked at Elizabeth Fleming for sixteen years. She is a committed member of our team, which has been showcased as she’s progressed up the various ranks in care. Alison took on the challenge of training to become a CHAP and has adapted to the role very well. She has gained the trust of her colleagues and other professionals that come into the home, as well as the residents she cares for and their families. Alison works to a very high standard, her documentation is excellent and she has embraced the role wholeheartedly. The nurse whom she works alongside feels extremely confident in her abilities as a CHAP.

As the winner for the North East of England, South West and Bristol, Alison is automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. She will meet a panel of judges in for the last round of judging and will then join finalists from across the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Kim Richardson, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care in Sunderland and South Tyneside said: “Alison has excelled in this new role and is a focused, enthusiastic member of the team. Well done Alison!”

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North East of England, South West and Bristol, said: “Alison was in the first phase of the CHAPs programme, and has showcased brilliantly how the role can support and compliment the nurse and residents. She is a credit to the North East and is a shining example for future CHAPs in this region.”

The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to approximately 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.

The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Carer/Support Worker of the Year’ to ‘Personal Activities Lead Champion’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.

Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organization. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.

“I look forward to seeing all of our Regional winners at the National Finals in December.”

Date published: 15 September 2017

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