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Local Care Home Assistant Practitioner wins Regional Care Accolade

Alix Beerenbrook from Red Rose Care Home in Garden City has been crowned the Regional Care Home Assistant Practitioner of the Year for Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man 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 Alix 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.

Alix was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Alix graduated as a CHAP in February. Since then she has pioneered the programme within the home. She has gone above and beyond her role in supporting the nurses and the home’s central team, gaining new skills quickly and putting them into practice. Visiting professionals commend her for her mature, professional and caring nature and she works closely with district nurses and hospice care. She makes sure that resident’s quality of care comes first in her day to day job and everything she does revolves around them.

As the winner for Scotland Wales and the Isle of Man, Alix 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.

Jennifer Whitehouse, Regional Manager for Four Seasons Health Care Wales , said: “This is an amazing achievement and the whole home is supporting Alix. She is very knowledgeable about the residents and shows compassion towards them every single day. I’m very proud of her achievements. Well done Alix!”

John Kirk, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, said: “It was great to read Alix’s nomination showcasing how she has embraced the Care Home Assistant Practitioner role. In addition the fact that Alix is receiving positive comments from visiting professionals is another testament of the great job she is doing.”

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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