Inspirational care home workers up for awards
James and Janice shortlisted for national accolades
10.11.2018 Two Renfrewshire workers have been recognised as being among the leading care home employees in Scotland.
Janice McAlister, of the Erskine charity, and James Ross, of Paisley’s Jenny’s Well Care Home, will be invited to an awards ceremony celebrating the best of the independent care home sector.
Janice, a dementia nurse consultant, has been nominated in the training and staff development category at the Scottish Care Awards.
This award celebrates enthusiasm and determination in identifying training and development needs of care staff.
Janice was delighted to have been recognised and said: “I am very surprised but thrilled and honoured to be chosen as a finalist in these prestigious awards.”
Erskine director of care Derek Barron nominated Janice.
He said: “Janice has inspired others to make a difference and proved herself an excellent role model.
“Her input has made a difference to the lives of the residents.
“She has designed and delivered dementia training to more than 300 staff and designed and delivered dementia/frailty simulation training to over 150 staff. She presented to 80 student nurses at Stirling University on dementia awareness, one of whom said ‘ I learned more in three hours than on other courses’.”
Care assistant James has been nominated in the innovative practice category at the awards.
This category looks for people who demonstrate an innovative approach to empowering people and also show a positive approach to partnership with external partners.
James was delighted to have been recognised and said: “I am very surprised but thrilled and honoured to be chosen as a finalist in these prestigious awards.”
Morag Francis, head of care for older people at Royal Blind, which operates Jenny’s Well, nominated James.
She explained: “Jenny’s Well is a specialist care home for older people with vision impairment and from his first day James came across as very positive and caring.
“James flourished when given the autonomy to be flexible and demonstrated innovative approaches to empowering residents – evident in the roadmap James developed with residents that maps out their lives and care requirements.
“The result has had an immense value to both staff and residents.”
The awards have been hailed a huge success in recognising i n d i v i d u a l s, teams and companies, who are delivering care at an incredibly high standard in an era of challenging budgets and within an increasingly demanding work environment.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on November 16 at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, hosted by entertainer Michelle McManus.
Traning Janice McAlister said she is surprised but thrilled
Innovation James Ross said he was honoured to be chosen