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7 Oct 2015

A member of the team at The Grange Care Home in Darlington took part in a local competition in order to raise money. The challenge was called Muddy Mayhem which involved a tricky obstacle course with lots of mud and water to add to the difficulty.

Jay Malik, Personal Activities Leader at The Grange, decided to take on the challenge to raise money for the resident’s activities fund. The obstacle course included nets, pools of water, slides and tunnels, all of which were caked in mud and water to make it that extra tough. Jay completed the course in good time and managed to raise a great amount of money to go towards activities for the residents.

Jay told us “It was a fab day and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The muddy slide was definitely the hardest obstacle – it took me a couple of attempts to make my way up. I’m so grateful for all the sponsors – they will allow me to arrange some great activities for the residents”.

Dolores Pooley, Home Manager expressed how proud she was of Jay and she knows the residents are too. Dolores said “It’s great to see how dedicated our team are to making sure the residents get the best out of The Grange”.

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6 Oct 2015

Eileen Dunlop, Head of Human Resource and Training for Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland and Wales, is in the running for the Royal College of Nursing Council elections to become a representative for Northern Ireland. The Royal College of Nursing hold these elections each year to give candidates the chance to ensure members’ voices are heard and have an influence on policy.

Eileen has held various nursing leadership roles for 24 years of her career and is eager to develop further relations within this sector. She told us “As I’m currently Head of Human Resources and Training, I have been instrumental in developing good relations between our organisation and the RCN. I believe that independent sector nurses should have the support of a representative organisation. I am eager to support diversity within nursing and I will take every opportunity to ensure the voice of all nurses is heard”.

For further information on the elections, please visit Royal College of Nursing.

Voting can only be done if you are a nurse member of the Royal College of Nursing.

Nurse members will have received the ballot papers which need to be returned to the Electoral Reform Services by Monday 9th November.

Good luck Eileen, from all at Four Seasons Health Care.

6 Oct 2015

The team and residents at Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Warsop were lucky enough to be invited to a centre local to them to celebrate the 70th anniversary of VJ day with the Royal British Legion. It was a day of remembrance in which residents were able to share their past memories of the war.

There was cream tea and refreshments available for everyone to enjoy along with a local entertainer singing old war songs for guests to join in with. Guests were also able to speak about the parts they played in the war and any memories they had of VJ day.

Lucy Stupple, Home Manager, told us “It was a wonderful day for celebration and memories. A number of our residents were able to talk about what they remember of VJ day and listen to other stories shared which was fascinating. The cream tea was lovely too! A great day for all”.

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5 Oct 2015

For the second year running, Marlborough Court Care Home in Thamesmead is hosting the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight 6th October from 7pm. The event is designed to bring together care home residents, school children and community leaders to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 in the spirit of forgiveness.

Award winning London based “The Forgiveness Project" charity is supporting this project, and has provided relevant information and suggestions on ways to join in. Teresa Pearce MP, has written a letter to schools inviting them to participate. School children will attend the event to discuss aspects of WW1, as well as other wars, and the possibilities and limits of forgiveness. The students will have the chance to read poetry and play music – beacons will be symbolically lit jointly by the oldest care home resident and one of the school children.

The first Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight was held at in 2014 at Marlborough Court which is built on munition grounds from nearby Woolwich Arsenal, a historical weapons site. The concept was developed with Maggie Candy (pictured), Home Manager at Marlborough Court, after discovering that school children in Thamesmead did not know their local history.

Many high profile guests will be attending, including Teresa Pearce, (Erith and Thamesmead MP) Professor Martin Green OBE, (CEO, Care England) Tim Mungeam, ( CEO, "The Forgiveness Project") and Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care, (Care Quality Commission).

Andrea Sutcliffe (pictured) said, "Community projects like this are really important to help improve people’s understanding of the vital role care homes have, as well as developing meaningful links between these important services and local communities. Good luck to everyone involved – I’m sure it will be a great event”.

For further information about Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight, please visit – Care England. You can also follow @WorldWar1FOF on Twitter for regular updates.

5 Oct 2015

Nursing Times has announced its list of the country’s most inspirational nursing leaders in 2015 at a reception in London. The 48 individuals come from all aspects of the nursing profession including front-line patient care, management, research and academia, national organisations and charities.

Representing Four Seasons Health Care, Gary Mitchell – Dementia Care Advisor, has been chosen as one of the 48 Inspirational Leaders.

Nursing Times compiled the list in association with Allocate Software and NHS Employers. Many of the leaders were nominated by NT readers, and the list was selected by a panel of expert judges. The nominees were judged on the impact of their work on nursing policy, practice or care; their influence on and understanding of how health and social care fit together; the sustainability of their achievement and the extent to which they act as role models for others.

Jenni Middleton, NT Editor, said “The list celebrates a group of the most influential, intelligent and impactful people in the profession, and demonstrates the huge contribution these professionals have in defining and implementing excellent patient care. I hope they will inspire others in the profession to have the confidence to achieve their full potential”.

Congratulations Gary Mitchell for this amazing achievement.

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