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Local Carer wins Regional Care Accolade

Drina Derbyshire, Care Assistant from Bamford Grange Care Home in Stockport has been crowned the Regional Carer/Support Worker of the Year for the North West of England 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 Drina demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Regional Carer/Support Worker of the year, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including how the overall winner shows understanding about what is important to individual residents and how they strive to personalise their care.

Drina was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Drina has worked at Bamford Grange since 2002, and she celebrated her 70th birthday last month. She always goes above and beyond the call of duty. Even though she is 70 she still works full time hours and will always pick up overtime! She is the most hard working and her attention to detail is outstanding. She has helped support so many members of the team, especially new starters. Whom she has taken under her wing and helped them develop into excellent care assistants. Bamford Grange will be lost without her.

As the winner for the North West of England, Drina 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.

Lorraine Disley, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care in England North West, said: “Drina is a fantastic asset for the Bamford Grange family to have. Her commitment is outstanding and she’s definitely, the mother, and in some cases the grandmother of the home to many of her colleagues. This is a fantastic endorsement. Well done Drina!”

Rachael Junge, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North West of England, said: “Drina is a shining example of how age is just a number. I’ve seen her work first hand and she is a fantastic carer. I want to echo the comments of her nomination and congratulate her on this award.”

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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