South East Region Great British Care Awards Judging Day

This Tuesday saw some of the team attend the South East Region Great British Care Awards Judging Day at the Hilton Metropole in Brighton.

Zoe had been asked to be a judge again for the awards but obviously wasn’t allowed to judge in the categories we had been selected as finalist in.

  • Best Newcomer – Izzy – Care Assistant.
  • Best assessor and care planner – Debs – Deputy Manager.
  • Best end of life / palliative care – Team Valerie Manor represented by Jane – Registered Nurse, Lucy – Care Supervisor and Alan – Office Manager.
  • Care Innovator for his innovative services to Valerie Manor – Mike Slator, Upper Beeding Pharmacy.

The interviews were spread throughout the day but Izzy’s was the only one in the morning but her colleague Lucy offered to go with her as support.

Everyone felt that the interviews went well and it’s now fingers crossed for the Gala award night on 9th November 2019.

Huge congratulations to all of our fantastic team who continue to provide high standards of care to our residents.

Flu Jabs

Last week Upper Beeding Pharmacy arranged for a day where staff could go in groups or drop in to have their annual flu jabs. We really appreciate this service as it is very flexible for staff and it helps to protect our residents. They are even seeing staff from out of area and arranging for the relevant GP’s to be cross charged which is such a help to us all! Thank you to Mike and Lindsay for being so accommodating.

Farewell to Fay and Staff Training!



Staff took part in mandatory fire training on Tuesday 17th September. Part of the session included using some new equipment. One of our carers, Fay, was asked to volunteer to pose as an immobile resident for staff to take her to safety during a mock evacuation scenario. What she didn’t realise is whilst strapped to an ‘evacuation sledge’  – fellow staff and residents had gathered in the conservatory to present her with a leaving cake and gift! Fay is leaving the team to go to university to train to become a nurse – Good Luck Fay! 

Head Chef Birthday!

Our wonderful head chef celebrated her birthday on Monday. She pleaded with colleagues not to make a fuss but we had to sing and present her with a cake!

With a love for emoji’s, her fellow chef Alison cooked up a wonder for Preeda.

Excuse the blurry photographs, Preeda is not one for a fuss so the camera couldn’t keep up with her entrance and exit!