You may be aware that we are very lucky to have Michele & Nick Stubbs provide our mandatory training here at the Home.

Nick visited recently for the first of this years Fire Training sessions which as always was informative but also enjoyable. Nick understands the ‘uniqueness’ of the 17th Century Grade II listed part of the home and has been heavily involved in reviewing our Fire plan on a regular basis.

Whilst the subject of Fire prevention is a very serious matter Nick  engages everyone to ensure ALL staff are clear on their responsibilities in the event of an emergency situation arising at Valerie Manor.

The session also included practical training on how to evacuate a resident who is ‘bed bound’. A volunteer was ‘sought’ with yours truly given the honor.

Thank you to Nick and Michele for their continued support and training sessions throughout the year.  

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!