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Janet Wright crowned Regional Specialist Services Champion

Janet Wright, Home Manager at St Helens Care Home in Bishop Auckland has been crowned the Regional Specialist Services 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 Janet demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Regional Specialist Services Champion award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including highlighting an individual who champions the diverse range of services we provide (enduring mental health, intermediate care, end of life care etc) whilst demonstrating their dedication to, and advocacy for, the people they care for.

Janet was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Janet is a unique and individual manager. St Helens is a very special place and this is noticeable as soon as you walk through the door. Janet is totally dedicated to her home and its very special residents I want to take this opportunity to say thank you Janet.

As the winner for the North East of England, South West and Bristol, Janet 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.

Sandra Brown, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care in Durham, said: “Janet is a terrific colleague who will do her upmost to support her care team, helping them to continually develop and improve the services they provide to their clients. She is constantly up skilling herself and passing her knowledge onto the rest of the team. Well done Janet, you’re a very worthy winner of this award.”

Amanda Cunningham, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North East of England, South West and Bristol, said: “Janet is at the very heart of St Helens. The home provides excellent care for people suffering enduring mental health illnesses. Janet champions their cause and supports them through very challenging times. The home is unique and the team, under the support and dedication of their Manager, provide individual and personalized care. The home has an excellent reputation and this is almost certainly down to Janet and her personality.”

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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