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Cat Torrie crowned Regional Deputy Home Manager of the Year

Cat Torrie, Deputy Home Manager at Havencourt Care Home in Stonehaven has been crowned Deputy Home Manager 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 Cat demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.

During the judging process for the Deputy Home Manager of the Year award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors which included the winner demonstrating not only the residents in their home have positive experiences but their care needs are well met, as well as evidencing how they support the Home Manger, leading the care team.

Cat was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Cat has played an instrumental role in supporting the home, and the home manager. She leads by example and has supported three of our Senior Nurse Care Assistants through their development programme and offers them continual advice and guidance. Cat is a strong team leader and continues to develop her own and others skills. She is a well-liked team member and is very popular with the residents and relatives alike here at Havencourt. It wouldn’t be the same place without her.

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

Sylvia Nicoll, Regional Manager for Grampian, said: “This is an amazing achievement and the whole home is supporting Cat. Cat received several nominations in this category and is obviously well respected by other staff in the home. She has received a Recognition of Care and Kindness award for the care she delivers and continues to deliver a consistently high standard of care every day. Well done Cat!”

John Kirk, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Man, said: “Cat has been a real stabilizer in the home, and has worked well with the Home Manager to help improve our grades given to us by our Regulators. Her leadership and the camaraderie she has, has helped the home go from strength to strength.”

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 ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ to ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’. 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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