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4 Aug 2017

Often when people think about what nursing is, they think about hospital-based teams delivering acute care to patients. For many years we have been leading the way in redefining modern nursing. It is testament to our hard working, innovative and passionate nurses that we are changing the public perception of nursing and specifically care home nursing.

This was reaffirmed in August 2017 when the Nursing Times announced their shortlist of finalists for their upcoming annual awards in London. The Nursing Times, affectionately known as the Oscars of Nursing, are the most respected awards in the nursing and healthcare sector and offer much-deserved recognition for the innovative and excellent care that nurses at all levels provide across the UK.

There were 128 organisations that were shortlisted across the 22 categories. We at Four Seasons Health Care have the honour of being the organisation that was shortlisted in more categories than any other. With 7 finalists we can truly assert that we are changing the face of care home nursing.

This is also the first time, in 27 year history of the Nursing Times that a non-NHS organisation has topped the list of finalists.

The categories we've been shortlisted in are:

  • Rising Star: Craig Priestley
  • Continence Promotion: Nomination based on work led by Elaine McShane
  • Enhancing Patient Dignity: Nomination based on Palliative Care led by Joanne Strain
  • HRH Prince of Wales Award for Integrated Approaches to Care: Nomination based on CHAP programme led by Louise Morris
  • Managing Long Term Conditions: Nomination based on DCF led by Dr Claire Royston and Colin Sheeran
  • Nursing in Mental Health: Nomination based on work led by Lorraine Kirkpatrick, Monica Diamond and colleagues
  • Technology and Data in Nursing: Nomination based on DCF led by Dr Claire Royston and Colin Sheeran

Over the next few week’s we’ll be profiling the finalists of these awards, so you can find out more about our work and some of the exceptional nurse leaders in our organisation who have helped make Four Seasons Health Care the most exciting place to nurse in the UK!


3 Aug 2017

Northlea Court Care Home in Cramlington has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Northlea Court Care Home is celebrating being accredited for a radically different approach of care for people living with dementia.

The Dementia Care Framework is a unique step forward in the personalisation of care for people living with dementia. The care team uses exclusive purpose-designed technology to help build and continuously update a picture of each resident’s individual experience of their care and their physical, psychological and emotional well-being, so that their care can be adjusted to their changing needs.

The pioneering home is part of Four Seasons Health Care which spent two years developing and testing the new approach. The home hosted a beach themed part on the 19th June 2017 for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them.

Jacky Reed, Acting Managing Director for Four Seasons in the North East of England said: “This is next generation dementia care to make life better for the person with dementia and we are excited to offer it. A vital part of the Framework is the bespoke support and training the team throughout the home receives with additional support and training for those, working within our dementia services. This goes beyond the practicalities of caring for someone with dementia and through simulation gives them a deeper understanding of what it is like to live with dementia.”

In addition to the support and training, there are three additional components to the Dementia Care Framework – personal care reviews, Resident and Family Charters.

At the heart of the Dementia Care Framework is a personal care review process which is continuously updated electronically by care staff to give a comprehensive and current picture of each resident.

Thought to be the first of its type worldwide, it is based on 320 recognised standards, including NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) and Alzheimer’s Society best practice guidance. It replaces paper-based audits that are slow and almost always behind the changing care needs of the person.

The resident and family charters were developed in consultation with residents, family members, health and social care professionals and care teams, taking account of over 400 comments.

The resident charter sets out their rights, the standards of care they can expect and commitment to provide for their personal needs and preferences.

The family charter, sets out the support that they can expect to receive and how they can input to planning their relative’s care.

Only when a home achieves key standards within the Dementia Care Framework does it receive Four Seasons Accreditation for the quality of its dementia care.

To find out more about this fundamentally different approach to dementia care please visit carehomes.fshc.co.uk/dcf or email dementiacare@fshc.co.uk


3 Aug 2017

On Saturday 15th July 2017, Gotton House Manor in Taunton held their summer fete which was a huge success.

Patricia Coiley, Home Manager, said: “Everyone loved the summer fete. There were lots of different activities which meant guaranteed fun for all of the family. I want to say a big thank you to everyone who came. Thanks to your generosity we raised £650 to go towards our residents’ social fund.”

Are you looking for a care home in Taunton? Gotton Manor Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care and intermediate care.


3 Aug 2017

Residents have been getting up to all sorts of fun at Haddon House Care Home in Ilkeston as they’ve enjoyed a number of different activities.

Whether they played dominoes, name that tune or painted, there was definitely something for everyone to enjoy.

Denise Spencer, Home Manager, said: “Activities are part and parcel of the way of life here at Haddon House. It keeps everyone happy, and the range of activities on offer caters to everyone’s needs. Who said living in a care home was dull?”

Are you looking for a care home in Ilkeston? Haddon House Care Home offers support for dementia care, nursing care and respite care.


3 Aug 2017

The sun was shining and the sky was blue, this meant it was time for residents at Hallgarth Care Home in Durham to go exploring.

They spent the afternoon at Durham’s Botanical Gardens and had the chance to see flora and fauna from around the world.

Angela Muir, Home Manager, said: “Everyone enjoyed themselves. Blanche surprised herself and everyone else with her flower knowledge. Elizabeth enjoyed seeing the millennium bugs that were hiding between the trees when the group turned a corner. Everyone enjoyed sitting in the peace and quiet amongst the Japanese Cherry trees, with Joan remarking it was like a little piece of heaven. It’s safe to say I think the group will definitely be returning to the gardens.”

Are you looking for a care home in Durham? Hallgarth Care Home offers support for residential care, nursing care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.

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