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Local Partner in Care shortlisted for brace of awards

Local healthcare commissioners have congratulated one of its Partners in Care after it was shortlisted for two 2017 Caring UK Awards.

Fulford Nursing Home, which cares for 28 residents, has been nominated in the Care Team of the Year and Management Team of the Year categories. The Heslington Road care home is no stranger to accolades, having scooped a Healthwatch York Make a Difference Award last year.

Elizabeth Hancock, the home’s business manager, said: “We’re entrusted every day to look after very important people; they’re someone’s relation – mums, dads, grandparents, brothers, sisters – so to be recognised for the work that we do just makes it even more special because our staff give all of themselves every day.

“To have a good story like this gives everyone (at Fulford Nursing Home) a spring in their step. Everybody wants to do better, we’re looking to improve and this was a reward for their hard work year on year.”

As one of the NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group’s Partners in Care, Fulford Nursing Home recently worked with the CCG’s Quality and Patient Experience Team to adopt safety huddles that will help to prevent falls and pressure ulcers among its residents.

The huddles are quick-fire daily meetings that involve every staff member coming together for a short period to discuss which residents require particular attention.

The home, which has been running for 27 years, has also collaborated with the CCG to promote good hydration as part of NHS England’s React to Red initiative.

Elizabeth added: “These meetings involve the chef, the handyman, everyone. Every member of our staff has input into these meetings because what the handyman might notice, the nurse might not and vice versa.

“We have a good relationship with the team at the CCG and City of York Council. We make progress by working together well and that’s how we stay relevant. We’re the last family-run nursing home in York and that is because we keep those relationships and we’re willing to have a go and work together.”

Michelle Carrington, the CCG’s Chief Nurse and Executive Lead for Quality and Patient Experience, said: “We are thrilled that Fulford Nursing Home has been recognised for its excellence in the form of shortlisting for two 2017 Caring UK Awards.

“We work closely with care homes across the Vale of York via our Partners in Care programme. The time and energy working with our partners and the effort put in day after day by the home’s staff has to be commended. Everyone at the CCG hopes that they’re victorious on 8 December at an event which takes place in their home city.”

The inaugural 2017 Caring UK Awards will be held at York’s National Railway Museum on Friday 8 December and celebrates excellence throughout the care industry across the UK.

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