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National Nurses Day

Today is National Nurses Day!

A special thank you to the Nurses at Valerie Manor, who in 2020 won the National Best Nursing Team at the Care Home Awards. The whole team at the Home has worked tirelessly for the past 14 months to care for not only the residents but relatives and each other too.

We are also proud to say that we have remained COVID free.

We would also like to thank all the nurses throughout the NHS & Social Care who have supported us in the past year, a special thanks to all nurses at Steyning Medical Centre, Rhia Evans & Wendy Hartley at Worthing Hospital, nurses at St Barnabas House and the local PHE team for continuous advice and guidance.

The video below says it all!

2nd COVID Vaccine!

It all started with an email on Friday afternoon from Dr Newsom advising that they would be visiting Valerie Manor on Monday at 10:00am to administer the 2nd vaccine.

In true Valerie Manor style – the planning process sprang into action (Zoe created a spreadsheet!) and everyone was contacted. Staff were brilliant in responding very quickly meaning that by Saturday morning we knew who would be attending.


In the morning Zoe & Alan arrived and set up the ‘outside’ area – clearly marking 2 meters distance in the queue with staff having already been allocation a queue position.

Alan managed the car park and ‘invited’ staff to join the queue as their turn arrived taking their temperatures whilst they were in their cars.

The car park quickly filled and everyone was in high spirits with an almost carnival atmosphere in the air – much like the first time.


Dr Newsom and his team of volunteers set up in the pod and didn’t let the pace drop as they saw staff not on shift first followed by staff on duty. Once the staff had all received their vaccination the team moved into the Conservatory and saw our residents who were equally excited.

Thank you to Dr Newsom from the Glebe Surgery and his special team for our 2nd vaccines We are so happy we are another step to being safer!

Also a HUGE thank you to the wonderful staff who were brilliant as always!

Valerie Manor receives COVID-19 vaccine.

As you can imagine we have been very keen to ensure our residents and wonderful staff receive a vaccine as soon as possible.

We were contacted during the afternoon on Friday to say Dr Newsome & Dr Sherwell from The Glebe Surgery in Storrington would be providing the vaccine on Saturday for the whole home.

This was a huge relief and the management team sprang into action, contacting all staff and allocating them a time to come in.

The Pod was utilised to vaccinate all staff  and then the team went inside the Home to provide it to the residents.

We are pleased to say that everyone who wanted the vaccine received it 21 residents and 38 staff.

This now means that we all have an extra layer of protection – let’s hope the nationwide roll-out continues to go well – maybe this is the first step towards normality?

Our sincere thanks to all involved in the delivery of the vaccine program, which is an extremely large undertaking with particular thanks to Dr Newsome, Dr Sherwell and Harry for their time on Saturday Morning and the team of vaccinators at the Glebe Surgery Storrington.

Team Leaders

Our new position of Team leaders started at the beginning of the month and both Vikki and Lindsay have really made such a positive impact already especially during COVID, thank you to Debs and Lucy for developing this role, constantly exploring ways of improving and supporting staff with development within the home.

Congratulations Vikki and Lindsay from all at Valerie Manor!

Hi, so I am Vikki. I started my care journey at Valerie Manor 5 years ago. I had no care experience, but with support from colleagues and training, I have come so far.

Becoming a team leader, which has meant the world to me as I love my job.

We are lucky that with the amazing support we receive from management means that we will always give the best possible care to your loved ones. I am always available if you want a chat.

My name is Lindsay and I joined Valerie Manor in December 2019 as a Care Assistant and 

now I have been promoted to Team Leader. I have been working in the Care industry for 11 years, and during those years completed NVQ qualifications. I like to keep a positive attitude, and I like everything I do to be organised, I get on with well with all kinds of people.

I enjoy working at Valerie Manor.