Springhill Care Home's Caring Heroes wear badges with pride

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‘Caring Heroes’ at Springhill Care Home will be easy to recognise thanks to new badges.


The initiative was launched to highlight the unsung heroes of social care, who often go the extra mile to support elderly and vulnerable people.


Now Springhill has introduced metal pin badges which will be presented to everyone named a Caring Hero, featuring the group logo and the social media hashtag #caringheroes.


Bernadette Bennett, Dementia Service Manager, hosted the caring heroes’ presentation whilst General Manager Curtis Bennett served all the guests with Bucks Fizz and cakes. After the opening speeches Donna Briggs, Managing Director of Springhill Care Group, presented the new badges and certificates to Springhill Care Home’s own heroes.


Donna Briggs said: “The Caring Heroes campaign has been a great way to highlight the work being done, day-in day-out by care workers and volunteers up and down the country.


“These badges are an extra way for us to say thank-you to these often unsung heroes for their dedication and commitment to improving the lives of the people who live in our homes, and we know they will be worn with pride.”


To view more photographs from the presentation on Springhill Care Home's Facebook page, please click HERE




Jan named Director of Operations for Bristol nursing home

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Jan Wilkins, General Manager of Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol, has been promoted to a strategic role which will see her lead the service’s growth in the region.


Jan, who has been with the home for more than six years, steps up to become Director of Operations for the Crews Hole Road home.


Since she joined the home, she has steered Riversway to success, winning awards and undergoing expansion of services to meet modern care needs.


In her new role, Jan will continue to lead Riversway, overseeing a strong management team responsible for the home’s day-to-day running, and developing and delivering a complex care offering to match changing requirements of residents.


She said: “Since I joined Riversway I have been able to work with the team here to achieve many of our aims – the services we offer have been developed and the home itself has undergone improvements and refurbishments, which are ongoing now.


“We have developed a great reputation in Bristol, and the work of the home and its staff has been honoured with a number of awards including most recently one of our nurses being named the region’s dementia carer of the year.


“Springhill Care Group and its management have given me fantastic support to develop Riversway and I’m looking forward to continuing the great progress we’ve made.”



Christmas shopping trip to Oswaldtwistle Mills

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A group from Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale headed out for an early Christmas shopping trip.


The trip, to Oswaldtwistle Mills – a favourite destination for many of our residents – saw our ladies purchasing a few new outfits for Christmas, while our gentlemen Royce and Bill took a look at the various Christmas displays.


After we were done, we all sat down together for a fish and chip lunch before returning to Birch Green on the coach with a good old sing-song.


 A short slide show of photographs taken on the day 







Lisa named South West’s dementia carer of the year

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A staff member at Bristol’s Riversway Nursing Home has scooped a major award for the quality of the care she provides.


Lisa Hodge-Dean, a nurse at the home, was named the winner of the Dementia Carer award at the Great South West Care Awards.


Following her win, Lisa will now attend a national competition, set to take place in March next year.


Jan Wilkins, Director of Operations at Riversway Nursing Home, part of the national Springhill Care Group, said: “We’re all extremely proud of Lisa and delighted her hard work has been recognised in this way.


“Dementia care is such an important part of the work our nurses and care staff provide, and we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of care. Lisa is a much-loved member of staff who always goes the extra mile for those she supports.”


Meanwhile, Springhill Care Group came sixth in its category in the recent Investors in People awards held in London.


The group was shortlisted for the Gold Employer of the Year category, for businesses with between 250 and 4,999 staff, and ultimately made it to the top ten alongside a selection of major international companies.



To view more photographs on Riversway's Facebook page, please click HERE




Global recognition for Springhill Care Group

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The work of Springhill Care Group has been recognised on the international stage.


The Accrington-based group, which operates homes in Lancashire and Bristol, was shortlisted for the International Investors in People awards after becoming one of only six care providers in the country to achieve the coveted Investors in People Gold against the new sixth generation standard, in January 2017. 

The Awards provide the opportunity to benchmark against high performing organisations globally and recognises the people and teams that make the difference every day, highlighting excellence from across the Investors in People global community.


This year the 12 award categories focused on the main elements of what it means to be an Investor in People, from Excellence in Leadership and Management, to Excellence in Social Responsibility to Leader of the Year and Best Newcomer.


Springhill competed for the title of Gold Employer of the Year, for organisations with 250-4,999 staff, drawn from Investors in People holders from around the world.


Other finalists included Lancashire-based luxury holiday park Ribby Hall and the award-winning construction company, Beard.


Ultimately, Springhill Care Group was chosen in sixth place for the award, with Vision Labs Ltd, part of the Specsavers Group, winning first place.


Ken Nolan, founder and chairman of the Springhill Care Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be recognised globally and to appear alongside some fantastic, household name companies.


“At Springhill Care Group we understand our greatest assets are our people, and we’re keen to ensure that our staff are supported in every way we can.”


Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: “This year’s Investors in People Awards were the biggest and best to date. It was fantastic to see so many worthy organisations nominated for outperforming in their sector, demonstrating great people management practice and a commitment to staff development.”





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