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We did it! Local care home scheme wins national award

Vanguard team at the HSJ Value in Healthcare Awards 2017

Our care home improvement programme that helps support frail, elderly residents in east and north Hertfordshire took a top gong in a national healthcare awards ceremony last night!

Our local specialist training programme for staff in care homes was judged the best entry in the workforce development category at the HSJ Value in Healthcare awards 2017.

The training is a crucial element of our care homes programme, which aims to support frail, elderly residents to stay healthy and independent and importantly out of A&E and hospital.

What the judges said:

Our winners are an ambitious and passionate team who used evidence to identify the issue and built relationships with partners to create the solution, with clear positive impact on care homes and the overall health social care system.

Delivered by Hertfordshire Care Providers Association – one of the three organisations in a unique partnership – the award highlights how the training is meeting its aims of reducing unnecessary A&E visits, hospital admissions and falls in care homes.

Representatives from the partnership – which also includes Hertfordshire County Council and NHS East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group - were at the presentation, along with carers and care home managers, who proudly went on stage to accept the accolade!

We are so delighted to have won this award,”

"We are so delighted to have won this award,” said Sharon Davies, Chief Executive of HCPA, on behalf of the partnership.

“Our specialist trained ‘Complex Care Champions’ in our care homes have worked so hard to improve the health and quality of life of residents. This award demonstrates how they are leading the way in delivering excellent care and recognises their commitment and enthusiasm which is helping to make a real difference to elderly residents.” 

Dr Nicky Williams, one of the local doctors who has helped to develop the programme and Deputy Clinical Chair of East and North Herts CCG said: “Care home staff work hard to look after residents and their work often goes unrecognised. This award shows how valuable their role is and the importance of investing in training and development.”

Iain MacBeath, Director of Health & Community Services, Hertfordshire County Council said: “We’re delighted to win a HSJ Value in Healthcare Award and for our staff working in the social care industry to be recognised for the amazing work they do caring for the elderly and vulnerable in Hertfordshire day in, day out. Hertfordshire County Council are committed to training our employees to be able to provide the greatest quality of care to those residents who need our support; ‘Complex Care’ and this partnership is just one of the projects we’re working on to improve our social care offering across the county and this award reconfirms that our efforts are making a difference where its needed."