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Local Nurse wins Regional Care Accolade

Craig Priestly from Cameron House Care Home in Bury has been crowned the Regional Registered Nurse 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 Craig demonstrated how he continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Regional Registered Nurse of the Year award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors including how the overall winner who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make a difference to the daily experience of those in their care.

Craig was nominated by a relative of a resident in his care. His nomination read: “Craig was one of a team of nurses who looked after my mother in the nursing unit of Cameron House. She had complex health problems but was looked after in a most caring way by Craig. I had complete confidence in him to make the right decisions regarding my mum’s care. He had a wonderful relationship with my mum. He especially knew how to make her smile. He always had time to talk to her and made administering her injections a time when he could have a chat to her. I was impressed by his professionalism and his relationships with GPs and other health care professionals. He is a little star and is very deserving of this award.

As the winner for the North West of England, Craig is automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. He 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.

Paul Lewis, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care Staffordshire and Cheshire, said: He regularly goes above and beyond supporting the Home Manager wherever possible. He is valued by residents, relatives and colleagues alike and is a true asset to the home.”

Rachael Junge, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in the North West of England, said: “I love reading nominations that have been submitted by residents or their relatives. Craig should be extremely proud of this testimony and positive endorsement of his work. Congratulations Craig on winning this accolade. You are a deserving winner.”

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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