Dementia Friends at Birch Green Care Home

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Birch Green Care Home, Skelmersdale has taken the latest steps in a major commitment to dementia care.

 

Staff at the home held a Dementia Friends training session which means that, so far, 45 staff at the Skelmersdale home have been trained up.

 

Dementia Friends is a programme operated by the Alzheimer’s Society, aiming to transform the way people think about dementia.

 

Birch Green is committed to helping all its staff take the training, which has been provided by local volunteer Joe Sherville, a Dementia Champion. Joe spends time in the community helping provide information on dementia and offering the training required to help people qualify as dementia friends.

 

The training offers key facts about dementia, what it is like to live with, and practical action which can help people with dementia in their community. Around 2 million people have signed up to the programme across the UK.

 

More than 850,000 people in the UK live with dementia, a figure set to increase to more than 1 million by 2025.

 

Vicky Sudworth, General Manager of Birch Green, said: “It’s such a great programme and has a real relevance to our work here at Birch Green.

 

“Thanks to the Dementia Friends programme, Birch Green and its staff has access to resources and information which will continue to improve the care we provide to our residents.

 

“We’re very proud of our staff and the extra mile they all go in the course of their duties, and the uptake of the training we’re offering has been incredible. Our aim is to have every member of staff undertake the Dementia Friends training.”

 


For more information about the Dementia Friends programme, visit www.dementiafriends.org.uk/


 

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The bright lights of Blackpool

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Staff and residents from Springhill Care Home Accrington enjoyed a trip to Blackpool recently.

 

The group, accompanied by colleagues from specialist wellbeing group Oomph! Wellness, first stopped off at the famous Seniors chip shop in Thornton-Cleveleys for a bite to eat and a nice cup of tea.

 

Afterwards they made their way to Blackpool promenade to see the illuminations, a trip which brought back many happy memories for residents who reminisced about how the town has changed over the years.

 

Everyone had a lovely time and are looking forward to the next trip.


 

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Awards shortlist success for Springhill Care Group

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Springhill Care Group has been recognised after being shortlisted for a grand total of 21 categories in this year’s Great British Care Awards.

Staff at all three homes – Springhill in Accrington, Birch Green in Skelmersdale and Riversway in Bristol, have been shortlisted, and Springhill Care Group has been recognised itself as a finalist in the Care Employer Award category.

In the North West heats, Springhill Care Home has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Adele Thorpe – The Care Home Worker Award 
  • Deborah Bennett – The Good Nurse Award
  • Donna Greenhalgh – The Dementia Carer Award
  • Alison Wilson – The Dementia Carer Award
  • Michelle Walsh – The Ancillary Worker Award
  • SCH Dementia Suite – The Care Home Team Award.

Meanwhile, Birch Green Care Home has been shortlisted in the following:

  • Victoria Sudworth – The Care Home Registered Manager Award
  • Holly Burgum – The Care Newcomer Award
  • Sian Gardner – The Care Trainer Award
  • Gill Seddon – The Putting People First Award
  • Lisa Williams – The Care Home Cook/Chef Awards
  • Jean Watson – The Dignity in Care Award
  • Team Birch Green – The Palliative Care Award.

Interviews for the North West awards were held in Manchester on October 16th, and the awards evening is due to take place on November 24th at the Mercure in Manchester.

The South West shortlist includes the following staff from Riversway Nursing Home:

  • Simon Page – The Care Home Cook/Chef Award
  • Shannon Sheppard – The Dignity in Care Award
  • Joan Comprado – The Good Nurse Award
  • Victoria Fosuah – The Dementia Carer Award
  • Liz Hahn – The Care Newcomer Award
  • Trudy Palmer – The Care Innovator Award
  • Julie Fowler – The Care Home Worker Award.

Staff from Riversway will be interviewed for their categories on October 23rd, with an awards evening on Friday, November 16th at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.

Donna Briggs, Managing Director of Springhill Care Group, said: “The Great British Care Awards are a major event in the industry’s calendar, and it’s an incredible achievement to see so many of our talented staff shortlisted, as well as recognition for the group.

“Everyone works so hard and care so much about the residents we support, and this is an acknowledgement that we are truly leading the way when it comes to providing great care.”

Keep an eye on the Springhill Group websites and social media channels for more updates. Good luck everyone!

 

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Autumn colours for Birch Green Care Home display

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Birch Green Care Home’s central display has changed with the seasons this week.

 

The popular feature was specially decorated after our residents headed out on an walk to collect autumnal mementoes including conkers, leaves, twigs and berries.

 

They now have pride of place in our display, pictured, which also features some warm clothes. We’re sure visitors will be impressed by the hard work and the finished display.

 


 

 

  


 

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Sophie adds to training drive at Springhill Care Home

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Accrington-based Springhill Care Home is demonstrating its commitment to training of its staff with the appointment of an experienced professional to lead staff training.

 

With a strong background in social care, including a BSc in Medical Sciences from the University of Leeds and roles in domiciliary care, Sophie joins the team as learning and development coordinator.

 

She has worked as an assessor in fields including medical administration, health and social care, business administration and the assistant practitioner diploma.

 

Sophie, who lives in Burnley, previously worked as coordinator at Gloucester private training provider Summerhouse, and has recently completed her first module of an MSc in Mental Health Sciences with the Open University.

 

In her new role she will work closely with the Springhill Care Group’s head of learning and development, Mike Lakins.

 

She said: “I believe training is key to any workforce and in order to deliver high-class training, you must constantly develop yourself.

 

“I’m very excited to work with all the staff at Springhill at all levels to source and deliver the most relevant training for them, ensuring they reach their potential and deliver the highest standards of care for our residents.”


 

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