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Home Manager crowned Four Seasons Regional Values Champion

Ruth Todd, Home Manager at Howdon Care Centre in Wallsend has been crowned Values Champion 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 Ruth demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Regional Values Champion award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including someone who strives to bring a little joy to everyday experiences, whilst always being respectful, trusted, caring and making a difference.

Ruth was nominated by her colleagues. Her nomination read: “I would like to nominate Ruth because she is a very caring person top the residents and the team. She believes in everyone and puts others first. She is an inspiration to us all and is doing a fantastic job. The compassion she has shown not only to myself but to other team members who have gone through difficult times is greatly appreciated. She lives and breathes the values of Four Seasons and is the reason I believe Howdon’s care team is one of the best teams in the homes.

As the winner for the North East of England, South West and Bristol, Ruth 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 the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Jacky Reed, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care Newcastle and North Tyneside, said: “Ruth is a fantastic asset at Howdon Care Centre. She lives and breathes our company visions and values knowing that nurturing those and the team around her will yield the best results. Well done Ruth! You are truly deserving of this award.”

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North East of England, South West and Bristol, said: “Ruth is a passionate and caring individual. I have seen her develop from a Registered Mental Health Nurse to a Home Manager. Ruth is not afraid to challenge or question, but does this in a professional manner. She encourages her team and upholds the company values whilst always putting the need of the residents and their families first. Congratulations Ruth!”

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 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 ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ to ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’. 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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