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Local Care Home Assistant Practitioner wins Regional Care Accolade

Laura Cross, Care Home Assistant Practitioner from Preston Glades Care Home in Preston has been crowned the Regional Care Home Assistant Practitioner 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 Laura 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.

Laura was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Laura is a very highly relied upon team member. She is trusted by many residents, even those who prefer not to be helped by the care team. She respects everyone, and everything she does is for the benefit of the home and our residents. Her caring personality is natural to her and is felt by everyone here. Preston Glades wouldn’t be the same without her.

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

Daniel Cleough, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care in Lakes and Lancashire said: “Laura is a very well thought of member of the team, and wider family at Preston Glades. She jumped at the chance of progressing her career and becoming a Care Home Assistant Practitioner. She relishes the new responsibility and her caring attitude has gone from strength to strength. She is a real asset for Preston Glades. Well done Laura!”

Rachael Junge, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North West of England, said: “Laura’s testimony is a real credit to her. I met her at her CHAP graduation and can see why she’s so very highly thought of. Congratulations Laura, you are very worthy winner of 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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