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Care South’s Crewkerne Home Care office celebrates 20th Anniversary
To mark the 20th Anniversary of Care South’s Home Care office in Crewkerne, the team enjoyed a celebratory lunch with 50 special guests from past and present that had all contributed to the office’s success over the years.
Past employees, colleagues from other care agencies, the local authority and local community services and suppliers all came together to reminisce about the office and its success with a delicious anniversary lunch. This followed an earlier celebration in July when they marked the occasion with their clients by holding an afternoon tea event.
The Care South office officially opened its doors 20 years ago to meet the demands of a large home care contract with Somerset County Council. From the beginning, it also offered home care services across Bridport, but this continued to grow and from 2005 the office covered the whole of West Dorset.
Since it opened its doors, a large number of innovative care and support services have been run from the office, as well as standard home care, including night response, home from hospital support, prevention of admission to hospital, reablement, general home support, care line response, extra care housing support and the company’s Care South Select services for self-funding clients. The office has close links with the community and also works with the local police and fire service to keep vulnerable people in the area safe.
Over the past 20 years, the team has delivered dementia training to local businesses and GP practices and has continued to raise money for MacMillan nurses and the Alzheimer’s Society through coffee mornings, cake sales, sponsored walks and even parachute jumps! They are currently fundraising to buy a Raizer Lifting Chair for use in the community and have already raised 50% of the funds needed.
Director of Home Care at Care South, Carolyn Collins, said “We were delighted to mark the anniversary today with our guests. The event was a huge success and it was great to celebrate with so many members of our local community and recognise the partnerships we have made over the past 20 years. We are now looking forward to maintaining our quality and often vital services and looking forward to what the next 20 years will bring.”
Sir David Behan CBE appointed chair of HC-One
Leading care home provider HC-One is pleased to announce that Sir David Behan CBE has been appointed non-executive chairman of the company board.
Sir David joined the HC-One board as a non-executive director in November 2018 and will assume his new role effective 31st October 2019. This follows the retirement of Dr Chai Patel CBE FRCP.
Sir David is also the current Chair of Health Education England – having taken the post on 1st December 2018 – and he will continue to serve in this role.
Sir David’s career includes being the former chief executive of the Care Quality Commission for six years (2012 – July 2018). Before that he held roles including chief inspector of the Commission for Social Care Inspection, director general for social care, local government and care partnerships at the Department of Health, director of social services for the London Borough of Greenwich, and before that for Cleveland County Council.
Commenting on his new role, Sir David said: “Throughout my time on HC-One’s board I have been repeatedly impressed by the commitment of HC-One colleagues to making sure residents are safe, happy and well cared for. The organisation is focussed on becoming the first choice care provider for residents and colleagues.
“I’m delighted to have been appointed Chairman and look forward to continuing to work with the Board and Senior Management Team so that HC-One continues to deliver its ambition of becoming the best care company based on the value of kindness. My personal passion for safe, effective and high-quality care will remain a top priority.”
HC-One Chief Executive Mr Hutchens said: “I’m delighted that Sir David has accepted the chairmanship, and I look forward to welcoming him in his new role. His knowledge and experience have been – and will continue to be – hugely valuable to me, our organisation and colleagues and, most importantly, the residents we care for.
“The coming years look set to be an exciting time for the HC-One family. We are very proud of what we have achieved so far, and, with Sir David’s support and guidance, I know we will further elevate the service we provide to communities across the UK.”
HC-One founder, and retiring chairman, Dr Patel said: “As the founder of HC-One, I can think of no one more appropriate to take on the chairmanship than Sir David.
"His unparalleled experiences across the UK social care spectrum sits perfectly alongside Justin's global track record in care provider operations.
"Together they will navigate the company as it continues to become a truely great organisation, harnessing 21st-century connectivity and building on our strong values to ensure that we continue on our mission of providing the kindest care."
Photo: Sir David, left, with Justin Hutchens, HC-One CEO
Dream Team at the helm at Avalon
Two experienced care managers who have worked together previously have taken over as manager and deputy manager at Avalon, Bridgwater’s specialist dementia nursing home.
Paul Teasdale, marketing director for the Camelot Care Group which runs Avalon, said: “Sarah Patten’s background includes impressive experience as a care home quality improvement specialist, which means she has a fantastic understanding of quality control that is going to be of benefit to our entire group.”
Also joining Avalon as deputy manager is Jess Hawker, who has worked alongside Sarah for a previous care employer and was head-hunted for her new role.
Sarah Patten has worked in the care industry for nearly 14 years and was drawn to work in the sector by a desire to give people the very best possible care.
Sarah said: “I had the unfortunate experience of witnessing less-than-perfect care when it was needed by a family member, and it made me determined to learn how to make a positive difference to people’s lives when they are at their most vulnerable.
“Dementia care is a highly specialised area, and it is crucial to deliver personalised care for each of our residents.
“Family liaison is also an important part of what we do at Avalon, because we feel strongly that people should be well-informed and able to access up-to-date information about their loved ones at all times.”
Jess has been in the sector for 12 years, including four years’ management experience, and brings to the job a special expertise in clinical monitoring, and extensive experience of end-of-life care.
Jess Hawker said: “I am passionate about empowering individuals to live the life they want to within a safe and happy environment.
“One of the things I shall be doing here is sharing the specialist end-of-life training I’ve received at St Thomas’s Hospital in London, and locally with St Margaret’s Hospice. Involving families at this stage is of the highest priority for us at Camelot Care.
"Through my career I have helped individuals with their career development, and I feel that this opportunity for staff to learn and develop will further improve the high-quality person-centred care we deliver.”
Avalon Nursing Home, which is on Taunton Road in Bridgwater, is run by the award-winning specialist dementia care provider Camelot Care, who have other nursing homes in Wellington and Plymouth. For further information see: www.camelotcare.co.uk
Photo: Sarah Patten (right) and Jess Hawker
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