Training partnership adds up for Springhill Care Home

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Accrington-based Springhill Care Home has partnered with a local college to deliver classes to staff looking to develop their career.


The home is working with Accrington & Rossendale College, which will deliver maths sessions to Springhill staff who want to pursue careers and develop their maths skills in general.


Springhill offers a range of options for employee career development, such as training to become an Assistant Practitioner, working under qualified nursing staff, but with a level of knowledge and skill beyond that of the traditional healthcare assistant or support worker.


Other staff may be hoping to attend university and need a maths qualification to do so. Recently the first class took place, with positive feedback from the staff involved.


Mike Lakins, learning and development co-ordinator for Springhill Care Home, said: “We take staff development very seriously, and Springhill has clear career pathways for everyone.


“This is another great example of Springhill Care Home developing a successful partnership with a local education provider to work together toward common purposes and to achieve results that will benefit everyone at the home.


“We believe this approach not only cements our place as an employer of choice in the healthcare sector, but demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest levels of care for our residents.


“We felt we could genuinely help our staff by offering access to maths classes which would ensure further access to training, from university courses to the assistant practitioner qualification.


“We’ve had great feedback from the first session and believe the link we’re establishing with the college will help to offer further opportunities for development in the future.”



Homes receive seals of approval from families

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The Springhill Care Group’s homes have each received strong recommendations on a website set up to review care facilities across the UK.


Springhill Care Home in Accrington, Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale, and Bristol’s Riversway Nursing Home, have all been highly rated on the website


The site invites residents and relatives to review their experiences at homes, allowing feedback on a range of issues from the quality of care and support, food and drink, to cleanliness and the activities on offer.


Springhill received a 9.4 rating, with Birch Green 9 and Riversway 8.5.


Testimonials left on the site about the three homes was also very positive, with one for Springhill reading: “We couldn't have asked for a better home for mum. The staff were all totally sincere in caring, nursing, compassion and provision of dignity.”


One testimonial for Birch Green read: “All staff from nurses, carers, laundry and cleaners are so dedicated. It is a home for all their residents, they become their residents and an extended family and they achieve this.”


Meanwhile, one reviewer said of Riversway Nursing Home: “Mum was only at Riversway Nursing Home for 12 months but the care and attention she received was excellent.


“All the staff were dedicated and professional, nothing was too much trouble for anyone from the management down and I cannot recommend this care home highly enough.”


To see more information on any of Springhill Care Group’s homes, visit


*Click HERE to submit a review for Birch Green Care Home 

*Click HERE to submit a review for Riversway Nursing Home 

*Click HERE to submit a review for Springhill Care Home 







Five chicks hatch at Riversway Nursing Home

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Hatching chicks ready for spring has brought the residents at Riversway Nursing Home in Bristol such joy over the past few weeks.


Marilisa, activities lead at the home helped to deliver and welcome the first baby chick into the world which was closely followed by another adorable addition to the flock.


Riversway Nursing Home decided to name the chicks with the help of a local nursery when they came on their monthly visit which everyone found very exciting. The chicks are called Tweet, Jan, Joe, Molly and Poppy.


Everyone has been enjoying watching the chicks grow and get stronger each day. Those who have been monitoring them over the past few weeks will be sad to see them leave for their new, exciting life on Friday when they go to their new home in Cornwall.


Thank you to the nursery children who assisted our residents on coming up with some great names for the chicks.



To view more photographs of the baby chicks on Riversway's Facebook page, please click HERE



Raising awareness of Parkinson’s at Birch Green

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Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale spent time learning about Parkinson’s with the help of one of their residents.


Last week was Parkinson’s Awareness Week, and Wednesday, April 11 Parkinson’s Awareness Day – both occasions important ways to come together and learn about the condition.


Gill, lifestyle support lead at Birch Green, worked closely with our resident Jim to raise awareness and understanding within the whole home.


Together the pair spoke to difference staff members to give them an insight into the journey people with Parkinson’s are on.


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Riversway reminisce with Trinity

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Riversway Nursing Home was visited by a group from the Trinity Centre in Bristol as part of a community project.


The well-known centre works with the local community in Bristol to make sure everyone has access to arts and culture in the area.


During 2018, it is celebrating its place at the heart of the community with a programme of events, and as part of the project, historian and writer Dr Edson Burton stopped by to talk about and gather our residents’ memories of the Old Market.


Riversway would like to thank Edson for his brilliant presentation and session and we look forward to the next time!


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




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