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29 Aug 2017

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.

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!

The next categories we’re profiling is the ‘Managing Long Term Conditions award’ and ‘Technology and Data in Nursing award’ categories.

Managing Long Term Conditions Award & Technology and Data in Nursing Award

Our Dementia Care Framework has been recognised in a number of awards throughout 2017 including the Health Investor Awards, HSJ Value Awards and the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards. We are delighted that it has now been recognised in two categories at the Nursing Times Awards.

To date 78 homes have become dementia care accredited within Four Seasons Health Care across the UK. A further 37 homes are on the accreditation journey and 53 homes have attended training days and are ready to start. By 2018, it is envisaged that 180 care homes will have become dementia framework accredited.

These exceptional outcomes would not have been possible without the education, implementation and evaluation of best practises in dementia care which have been led on the ground by our dementia lead Colin Sheeran and his dementia team.

28 Aug 2017

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.

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!

The next category we’re profiling is the ‘Nursing and Mental Health award’ category.

Nursing and Mental Health Award

Being finalists in the nursing and mental health award is testament to the good work of our specialist mental health nurses in both service development and quality improvement.

Using the Recovery Star as a guiding tool for the development of a new mental health framework to guide our colleagues in the delivery of this specialist care, this award recognises our innovation and expertise in the area. Our Regional Manager of the Year, Lorraine Kirkpatrick from Northern Ireland, has been leading the charge in the development of our mental health service with assistance from resident experience care specialist, and mental health nurse, Monica Diamond.

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27 Aug 2017

Residents at Midfield Lodge Care Home in Cambridge have been getting to know international students from the Cambridge Academy.

Sherrill Thomas, Home Manager, said: “The residents really enjoyed the afternoon chat sessions with the student. It’s always nice to meet new people and to swap stories. We’re looking forward to welcoming more students into Midfield Lodge to build friendships with the residents.”

Are you looking for a care home in Cambridge? Midfield Lodge Care Home offers support for all types of care including dementia care, nursing care, respite care, specialist care and end of life/palliative care.

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27 Aug 2017

Hollie Hill Care Home in Stanley has been accredited for a pioneering dementia care approach.

The care team at Hollie Hill 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 party on Monday 14th August 2017 for care commissioners, other health and social care professionals and relatives to introduce the Dementia Care Framework to them.

Marjorie Condacos, Managing Director for North East 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

Party-bunting

26 Aug 2017

Are you free on the Saturday 2nd September 2017? Why not pop along to The Cedar and Larches Care Home in Ilkeston’s Summer Fayre.

There’s fun for all of the family including lots of different stalls, BBQ and a special performance from the Long Eaton Brass Band.

Nina Wright, Home Manager, said: “Everyone is welcome to come to the Summer Fayre. It’ll be a day of fun and excitement for all of the family. I look forward to seeing everyone there. The Fayre starts at 12noon.”

Are you looking for a care home in Ilkeston? The Cedars and Larches Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

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