21 care workers from Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire (see full list below) have been recognised for their outstanding achievements and quality of care at a special awards ceremony held by The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) at Cheltenham Park Hotel in Gloucestershire on 9th November.
Nominated for their dedication, commitment and continually going above and beyond the call of duty, the employees received their awards from Don Wood, CBE (OSJCT’s Chairman of Trustees) and Richard Fitzalan Howard (Trustee and President of the British Association of the Sovereign Order of Malta).
In addition to the Chairman’s Commendation Awards, the Earl of Gainsborough Award for Quality was awarded to three of OSJCT’s Oxfordshire extra care housing schemes – The Paddocks in Milton-under-Wychwood, Fernleigh in Witney and Oxlip House in Bury St Edmunds. These awards recognize excellence in care delivery as measured by achieving all three of the Trust’s Care & Quality Accreditations (Care, Medicines Management, and Infection Prevention & Control), in addition to gaining an ‘Excellent’ rating in their internal audit, all within a 12 month period.
The John Monckton Memorial Prize was also presented to Lake House in Banbury for finding the most innovative way to engage others in developing life stories. Lake House’s theme was “Talking About the World”; the team used a World Map to hold reminiscence sessions with the residents, which helped trigger fond memories. The home also held a festival with traditional food and clothing from all over the world to celebrate the diversity amongst our residents and colleagues alike. These activities enabled residents to connect their personal experiences with other residents; using string to link themselves to the places they have travelled to and enjoyed spending their time. The project has resulted in a much greater appreciation of the lives of residents and a strengthening of the relationships between colleagues and residents based on shared experiences.
Dan Hayes, Chief Executive at OSJCT, said “Every single one of our employees works extremely hard throughout the year delivering and maintaining the best standard of care to our residents. This special Trust awards ceremony is the perfect occasion for us to shine the spotlight on our very own stars and recognise those colleagues who have really stood out during the last 12 months. It is great to be able to celebrate the exceptional commitment and commend their hard work at such an important and prestigious event.”