Naughty elf keeping the magic alive at Springhill Care Home

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Springhill Care Home's naughty elf has been travelling around the home this week causing mischief along the way.

Residents (and staff team) love finding the mischievous fella, who first appeared under the Christmas tree around the place.

The elf has been making his way around the home, even bringing treats for their residents.

They all love having him around and it’s great to see what he gets up to!



You can follow the mischievous elf's adventures on Springhill Care Home's Facebook page



Birch Green Care Home quartet commit to nursing skills  

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Left to right are Marie Stitt, Jess Mooney, Stephanie Williams, Tayla NeeleyFour members of staff at a Skelmersdale care home are leading the way in seeking their qualifications in nursing.


The members of staff at Birch Green Care Home, Marie Stitt, Jess Mooney, Stephanie Williams and Tayla Neeley, have all started the Assistant Nurse Practitioners’ course.


Vicky Sudworth, general manager at Birch Green Care Home, said: “As an organisation, we want to provide the very best quality of care possible and this will help to raise the qualify of the nursing care we provide.


“We commit a lot of time and resource in the quality of training for our staff at all levels and ultimately that benefits our residents.”


The four employees – all currently team leaders at Birch Green – will undergo the two-year course in nursing care at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).


The Assistant Nurse Practitioners’ qualification was created to help solve a shortage of qualified nurses, designed to give suitably experienced staff in the care industry the chance to develop clinical and managerial skills and provide support for nursing and management teams. The ANP also helps to bridge the gap between traditional healthcare assistants and registered nurses.


The programme follows a curriculum which closely matches the training registered nurses undertake in many areas and gives staff the flexibility – within their range of skills – to assist nurses closely with their work.


Birch Green Care Home is part of the award-winning Springhill Care Group, which also operates homes in Accrington and Bristol.


Recently, inspectors from the industry’s watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC) made particular note of the commitment and quality of staff and the training they receive at Birch Green in awarding the home a ‘good’ rating.


All areas of the home were examined, from the safety of the service to how it is led, with inspectors looking at everything from how medicines are stored to the quality of day-to-day activities.


Left to right are Marie Stitt, Jess Mooney, Stephanie Williams, Tayla Neeley




Festive fun begins at Birch Green's Christmas markets  

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We are delighted to say that the Christmas Market at Birch Green was a huge success.


They had a fantastic turn out for such a wet and windy day and it was great to see so many of our residents with smiles on their faces.


Families and friends of residents’ both past and present turned out to support the care home’s annual Christmas market and it was a festive treat.


It was delightful to see the children write their letters to Santa and the hot chocolate, Thai food and mulled wine sold well!


Kath’s chocolate muffins went down an absolute treat!


Everyone at Birch Green Care Home would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who got involved, helped and supported them to make it a fantastic day.



To view lots more photographs on Birch Green Care Home's  Facebook page click HERE



Staff from Springhill Care Home raise cash for Compassion Rwanda

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Kind-hearted care home workers braved the cold and took to the streets of Hyndburn to raise money for children currently living in extreme poverty in Africa.

The 10-strong team, which was led by Springhill Care Home’s Gemma Creech, went out raising money ahead of her trip to Rwanda in February next year.

Staff took part in the 10-mile sponsored walk, which started in Baxenden, on to Accrington, Oswaldtwistle, Knuzden, Blackburn, then back through Oswaldtwistle. To complete the walk, the team headed back to the Brick Works in Accrington.

Gemma, who will be going out to visit Compassion Rwanda projects, as part of a 12-man team said: “Harsh winds and the cold, greeted us for the start of the event in Baxenden and after reaching Oswaldtwistle, the heavens opened. It was time for the emergency plastic ponchos to come out for the triumphant 10, who refused to let the rain dampen our spirits.

“Generous members of the public donated money on the day and as well as raising a lot of smiles and sharing a lot of laughter along the way, the team are sure they will have raised over £600, by the time sponsorship is fully collected.”

Springhill Care Home’s Karen Singleton even walked with a broken foot and Claire Allen who has knee tendon damage but the staff put their pain to one side.

Springhill’s recent fireworks event raised a further £200 for the Compassion Rwanda projects.

Rwanda is a country which is still recovering from the horrendous genocide which took place there in 1994. Over 800,000 children were left orphaned, after the systematic slaughter of nearly 1,000,000, of the minority Tutsi population.

Children can be sponsored for as little as 83p per day and further information can be found at



To sponsor Gemma or support the home’s fundraising activities please get in touch with Springhill Care Home on 01254 381719.



Springhill named top care employer in region

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Accrington’s Springhill Care Group has been named as the Care Employer of the Year at one of the sector’s top award ceremonies.


The announcement was made at the North West regional finals of the Great British Care Awards, held recently in Manchester.


Along with the prize for the group, Springhill Care Home’s Donna Greenhalgh was also named winner of the Dementia Carer Award.


This success follows the South West regional finals, which saw Riversway Nursing Home win two awards, The Dignity in Care Award and Dementia Carer Award.


In total, the group was shortlisted for 21 awards across the South West and North West regional awards. Regional winners will now go on to the national final, to take place next March.


Donna Briggs, Managing Director of the Springhill Care Group, said: “It was an amazing event celebrating excellence in social care, and we were delighted to be recognised as not only a great employer, but for the great work of our staff.


“Donna’s award win means we now have two regional winners in the category of Dementia Carer which illustrates how Springhill Care Group is truly leading the way in terms of quality care in this important field.”



 To view more photographs of the evening click HERE



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