Riversway staff shortlisted for major awards

The Great British Care Awards 2014We had some fantastic news last week – four of our staff have been shortlisted as finalists in the South West Great British Care Awards 2014.

The awards are part of one of the care industry’s top ceremonies, and take place as a series of regional events throughout England as a celebration of excellence across the sector. Winners of the regional awards go on to a national final.

Riversway staff Terri Fisher, Matthew Reed, Rachel Smith and Jan Wilkins, our General Manager, have been shortlisted for the South West heats, which will take place on Friday, October 17 in Bristol at The Passenger Shed, Brunel’s Old Station.

Jan Wilkins has been shortlisted for the Care Home Registered Manager award; Chef Terri Fisher, and Chef Matthew Reed for the Care Home Nutrition and Hydration award, and Lifestyle Coordinator Rachel Smith for the Care Home Activity Organiser Award.

These awards highlight the great work that is being done across the care sector in the South West, and we’re very proud to have been recognised in this way.

We’re particularly pleased to see that our work in nutrition and hydration, and activity organisation have been highlighted by the judges. These are vital in a modern healthcare setting and we take great pride in ensuring that our residents live fulfilling lives, including the meals they enjoy and activities they take part in.


Meanwhile, we are celebrating across the whole Springhill Care Group as we’ve had similar good news from all our homes and at Springhill HQ.


Affinity staff member Sara Moss is through to the final of the Home Care Worker Award, and a team of staff from Affinity have been picked as a finalist in the Care Team Award.

At Springhill HQ, chairman and founder Ken Nolan and managing director Donna Briggs have been shortlisted for the Care Employer Award.

Jean Ali from Birch Green Care Home has been chosen as a finalist for The Good Nurse Award. 

Robin Eddleston of Springhill Care Home has been shortlisted for the Dementia Carer Award. At Springhill HQ, chairman and founder Ken Nolan and managing director Donna Briggs have been shortlisted for the Care Employer Award.


Donna Briggs said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to be recognised for even one award, so to see our staff shortlisted in all these categories is brilliant. We wish them all the best of luck.”


The South West awards take place on October 17, and the North West awards on November 1.

M&S receives top vote for visit from Riversway Nursing Home

Doreen liked looking at the clothes in M&SOur residents were given a choice recently of where they’d like to visit for a shopping trip out from Riversway Nursing Home.


Marks & Spencer in Longwell Green won the vote, and resident Babs and her husband Eric (known as Todd) attended, as well as resident Doreen who joined us for her first trip out with Riversway, the first of many!


Everyone enjoyed the shopping afternoon with Todd buying new clothes, and in a nice gesture, some flowers for his wife Doreen.


You can view more photographs from the shopping trip on our Facebook page by clicking HERE

Todd’s music mesmerised us all at Riversway Nursing Home

A talented musician has been warmly welcomed as one of our latest residents at Riversway.

When the gentleman, who likes to be known as Todd, started to play the piano, he played it so well that we were all mesmerised, and the afternoon joyfully passed by.

It seems that Todd can also play the accordion and organ too, and we all joked we’d like to book him for a concert – apparently he is too expensive!

Thank you Todd, and we hope to enjoy your musical skills again soon.

Riversway’s Jakki achieves care qualification

Jakki Whitehead, who leads Riversway’s specialist services in mental health and dementia, has received a top industry qualification.

Jakki, who joined us in 2013, has achieved her CMI (Chartered Management Institute) Level 5 diploma in leadership in health and social care and has now formally received her qualification.

This qualification is a tough one, and includes training in leading person-centred care and understanding how to manage a team.

As part of the course, Jakki elected to study management in a dementia care setting, which took in timely subjects including safeguarding end of life care, helping people through a crisis and supervision.

Jakki is already a highly qualified care professional and we are delighted that she has been successful in achieving this top qualification which can only benefit Riversway, its staff and residents.

Well done Jakki.

Thanks to charity champion Trevor

There are many people that help to make life at Riversway such a delight for all of us.


Our popular entertainer, Trevor Tooth, is one – a regular visitor to Riversway, he sings for hours and is always popular with our residents, staff and visitors.


Kind-hearted Trevor always donates the money he makes to charity, and recently, thanks to a link between one of our residents and the breast cancer unit at Southmead hospital in Bristol, he donated his money for entertaining us at our National Care Home Open Day on Friday 20th June to them.


The family of our resident Irene suggested the funds be given to the hospital because Irene’s mother and her two daughters both suffered from this condition.


We’d all like to thank Trevor for his tireless hard work and doing such a great thing for charity.


Pictured are (l-r) Kate Marks, Irene’s son Rob Marks with his grandson Fred, Trevor Tooth with Irene, Rob’s wife Kay and Jane Waktins, Irene’s daughter.

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