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Dedicated staff from our Care Home in Braintree were shortlisted for no less than six different awards.
Terri Pike from St Mary’s Court was a finalist for the Care Home Manager Award at the Great British Care Awards, Eastern Region, and Matron Joan Sirett was shortlisted for the Frontline Leader award.
Jo Whitehouse, who won the Care Home Activity Organiser award last year, was again a finalist in the Activities category. Trainer Mandi Randall-Cramp was shortlisted for the Workforce Development Award and the Maintenance Team was a finalist in the Ancillary Workers category.
In Essex County Council’s quality awards, the Prospers, St Mary’s Court is shortlisted for the Community, Partnership and Collaboration Award, which recognises its partnership work with health providers and community organisations to achieve the best outcomes for residents.
Julia Clinton, CEO of Sonnet Care Homes which also includes the neighbouring New Deanery Care Home, said: “These nominations recognise the dedication of our entire team to providing first-class care and supporting all our residents to live full and interesting lives.”
The awards celebrate excellence and innovation across the care sector and pay tribute to individuals who are outstanding within their field of work.
Regional winners of the Great British Care Awards were announced at a Gala dinner in Peterborough in October, with the Prospers’ winners being announced at Chelmsford Racecourse on 26 November.
The latest award nominations came hot on the heels of St Mary’s Court achieving the National Gold Standards Framework (GSF) for the quality of care it provides to residents in the last years of their lives.
St Mary’s Court is the first care home in Braintree to receive the accolade, which recognises the organisation and quality of end of life care, leadership quality and the dignity and respect afforded to residents.
To find out more about accommodation, respite care, and day care at St Mary’s Court Care Home, please call 01376 328600, or visit www.stmaryscourt.co.uk.
Activities Manager Jo Whitehouse has won a prestigious award for her work providing a creative and varied programme of activities to brighten the lives of care home residents in Braintree. Read More
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The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes have scooped three more awards, being judged Care Employer of the Year for the second year running.
The homes in Braintree won the accolades at The Great British Care Awards, East of England, and now go forward to the national finals in Birmingham next year.
Joan Sirett won the Dignity in Care Award, and Patricia Natel Barroso of St Mary’s Court received the Good Nurse Award. Read More
More than £180 has been raised by residents of the award-winning The New Deanery and St Mary’s Court care homes in Braintree, and their families, at a fun quiz night. The event, which was attended by over 40 people, was organised by the homes’ resident Activities Manager Jo Whitehouse and her team, and held during national Dementia Awareness Week. Read More
The health, safety and wellbeing of our residents and staff team are always our top priority. We have therefore put in place comprehensive plans to ensure a robust response to the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. Our plans are being kept under regular review and updated as advised by the Government, Public Health England and associated advisory bodies.
This page details some of the steps we have taken in St Mary’s Court and The New Deanery Care Homes. This information is intended for our residents, their family and friends, our staff team, and any other potential visitors to our care homes.
For comprehensive information about the coronavirus itself, please visit www.gov.uk/coronavirus
As a preventative measure, on March 12th 2020 we asked all visitors, including family members and friends, not to visit our care homes until further notice.
Since then we have maintained close telephone contact with regular visitors/nominated representatives, and ensured that all information is being communicated as needed. Equally we have reassured all families and friends that they can telephone at any time, and where possible they will be able to speak directly with residents. We are also actively supporting Facebook messaging and Skype to enable residents to enjoy face time with their loved ones if they choose.
In addition, visits from the local community and external entertainment into the homes are cancelled for the foreseeable future. Our activities team works across the 7 day week, and they have successfully adapted their programme to offer a diverse range of pastimes and activities whilst promoting social distancing. We are also making full use of our extensive grounds during fine weather.
Our staff team observe strict infection control precautions, including the use of appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). We have good supplies of PPE, including face masks which are being routinely worn for all care and support.
We have cancelled all mini-bus outings (with the exception of short rides out which do not require residents to get off the bus), and residents are being asked to stay on site. The only reason for leaving site being to seek urgent medical care. We have cancelled any non-urgent appointments and await guidance regarding when these can safely be rescheduled.
Our coronavirus outbreak leadership team meets weekly as a minimum to review the measures we have in place, the latest government guidance, and to agree any new actions required.
We have been overwhelmed by the fabulous support we have received, and take this opportunity to sincerely thank our team, and our residents and their loved ones.
If you have comments or questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Julia Clinton, CEO Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Terri Pike, Home Manager, St Mary’s Court Terri.email@example.com
Jane Sadowski, Home Manager, The New Deanery Jane.firstname.lastname@example.org