Read our press release published on Care Industry News here.
Sandycroft Nursing Home achieves highest ‘Beacon’ award in the Gold Standards Framework for end-of-life care
We are thrilled to announce that one of our homes, Sandycroft Nursing Home, Blackpool, has successfully achieved the ‘Quality Hallmark Award’ at ‘Beacon’ status – the highest award that can be achieved in the Gold Standards Framework programme for end-of-life-care.
Read our press release published on Care Industry News here.
July’s café event was one of our most colourful yet as we brought the British seaside to an otherwise wet and grey Yorkshire summer’s day!
Our enthusiastic volunteers were there bright and early to set the room out in a ‘fun at the fair’ theme, with activities such as: tin can alley; beer bottle ring toss; ‘kiss me quick’ wet sponge toss; and sand trays where participants could ‘dig for gold’, finding seaside-related jokes and trivia.
We welcomed participants with long iced-tea cocktails on arrival and the sun umbrellas were a refreshing sight for the eyes from the downpour outside. Everyone was delighted by the enormous ‘wish you were here’ postcard cut outs and the life-sized Royal Mail post box, through which they could share and post a favourite holiday memory with the group.
The highlight of the morning was our visit from a local ice-cream van who played a familiar old-time tune that people could sing along to as he arrived. We were all treated to an ice-cream cone with the full works, while reminiscing on memories of holidays in times past. Our photo gallery displays of Blackpool beach and other UK destinations went down a treat and it was hard to believe how crammed the beaches got in the 1950s, some with literally not a spare patch of sand upon which to lay a towel, which led to all sorts of conversations as to the geographical, economic and social conditions of the time.
It was especially nice to welcome a granddaughter of one of our participants who was on school holidays and to see three generations of family laughing together and enjoying some friendly competition against one another to win chocolate prizes in our ‘fun at fair’ activities.
This multigenerational approach to dementia is exactly the heartbeat of our company; it embodies our ‘triangle of convergence’ philosophy, and we are honoured and delighted to facilitate a truly family-centred culture within our cafés.
We are delighted to welcome Sharon White to MBi Group as our newest Quality & Development Officer. Sharon will be an instrumental member of our senior leadership team, fully supporting our Registered Managers to uphold our company’s high expectations across the individual registered MBi Social Care facilities.
An extremely resourceful practitioner, Sharon’s present and historic career history demonstrate an astute ability to work under high levels of pressure, with a proven strength in responding to and prioritising needs. She is an accomplished change agent, who adopts a proactive approach to problem solving, leading and empowering teams to enhance and maintain exceptional quality in standards of care.
Her track record of meeting key performance indicators; exceeding governance targets; and reforming underperforming services proves an invaluable asset to the Group. Sharon is particularly skilled in: quality assuring services; identifying areas of risk and the development needs of key staff; implementing performance management plans; investigating and incorporating evidence-based decisions; and in diversifying services across large facilities, while retaining a personalised approach.
Having begun her career as a care assistant, prior to training as a Registered Nurse, she has also achieved additional qualifications in Leadership & Management at level 4, and in Quality & Service Development. She has also been accredited with the Registered Manager’s Award. Sharon possesses a discerning insight into the professional demands of operational and clinical practices, and into the personal and emotional needs of staff, residents and families.
We have full confidence in the significant impact Sharon will make in each of the facilities under her leadership.
MBi Social Care is fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all its employees and Residents. We recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation and extremism is no different to safeguarding against any other vulnerability we may face. As a responsible employer and care provider, we have developed a policy to protect vulnerable individuals from being radicalised or exposed to extremist views, by identifying who they are and providing them with the appropriate support. The policy is supported by the ‘Prevent Strategy’ document, issued by the UK government, and we will ensure that printed copies of both of these documents are available at all of our locations.
The policy is to ensure that all our employees are fully engaged in being vigilant about radicalisation; that they overcome professional disbelief that such issues will not happen, and that we work alongside other professional bodies and agencies to ensure that Residents and employees are safe from harm. These documents provide a framework for dealing with issues relating to vulnerability, radicalisation and exposure to extreme views, enabling staff to identify and report safeguarding issues promptly and appropriately. If you have any concerns relating to these matters, please contact our central support team on 01422 317098.
This month, we welcomed Geraldine from Calderdale Carers to our café. She represented the local charity, which works to improve the lives of adult carers throughout Calderdale. They offer a ‘person-centred service to support carers in their caring roles, empowering them through self-management’.
Geraldine talked us through the range of services on offer:
We are proud of our ongoing vital partnerships with local services and continue to coproduce where appropriate, welcoming referrals to our café from the various contact points.
Find out more about Calderdale Carers here.
June 16th was Cupcake Day, an initiative by Alzheimer’s Society in association with woman&home, where individuals and businesses throughout the UK were invited to host cake sales with all proceeds going towards Alzheimer’s Society research and support for families affected by dementia.
Our MBi Social Care central office support team, joined by other local businesses, who are always up for a good challenge, threw themselves into the day.
No creativity was spared in hosting a vintage-themed tea party, with tea dresses and bunting at the ready. Cupcakes, frostings and cakes of all shapes and sizes were whisked up by members of our various departments, including a ‘guess the employee’ cake, which added much fun and speculation to the proceedings.
The Alzheimer’s Society Fundraising Team commented on our fun idea to incorporate additional games to help bunk up our total, such as ‘Guess my waistline’, where one of our employees volunteered the measurements of his waistline to be estimated by cutting a piece of string, at 50p a go. The Alzheimer’s Society team mentioned that they were inspired by this idea and would look to include such extra activities in the kit packs they post out for next year.
We also invited surrounding businesses to the event, and delivered cakes to the staff of a local primary school, further advancing our Dementia Action Alliance (DAA) commitment to raise awareness of dementia locally. We raised a total of £76.56 in the office on the day; a total then doubled by directors from MBi Social Care, and the school addition then added on.
Just as importantly, we had the opportunity to speak with people many about dementia and local services available to them.
Last week members of our team attended the RCN Bulletin Jobs Fair, Manchester (2nd-3rd June) to represent MBi Social Care at what is recognised to be the largest UK nursing recruitment conference.
There was a fantastic turnout and we welcomed over 1000 delegates to our stand over the course of two days, a number of whom have already made further contact with us requesting viewings of our care locations and engaging in further dialogue regarding the specific nursing career opportunities we have on offer.
We also received significant interest from student nurses seeking placement opportunities, who were very keen to learn about our additional offer of paid bank work as weekend/shift carers, an invaluable on-the-ground opportunity that will further add to their professional portfolios, while providing them with an additional source of income to assist with their studies.
Our team is always eager to speak to excellent nursing practitioners, whatever their stage of career, who are passionate, flexible and forward-thinking. In return, we offer competitive packages including:
• Excellent hourly rates of pay
• The cost of nursing registration
• Indemnity Insurance
• Free uniforms
• Flexible hours
• Paid breaks
• Complimentary meals on duty
• Free training & professional development
• An on-site learning station
• Full support through revalidation process
Call us today to find out more and discover why joining the MBI Social Care team will be your smartest career move yet.
On 2nd-3rd June, MBi Social Care will be out in full force for the largest nursing recruitment conference – The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Jobs Fair – at Old Trafford, Manchester. You will find us at Stands 26 & 27, where we will be ready and waiting to talk with hundreds of interested nurses about our competitive employment opportunities, which include:
If you are a nurse looking for a new challenge to develop your career, then this is the event for you. Entry is free and you will have the opportunity to meet more than 50 nurse recruiters, hospitals, NHS trusts, private trusts and more.
Nursing Editor, Graham Scott, will be delivering seminars on the NMC’s changes to nursing re-registration on both days, covering key points such as:
Additional seminars in job seeking, CV writing and interviews will also take place. All seminars are on a first come, first served basis, so early arrival is advised.
So if you are considering a new career challenge, or are interested in finding out about more about who we are and the why behind what we do, be sure to get yourself to this unmissable event…Discover why joining the MBI Social Care team will be your smartest career move yet.
Carers Week is an annual campaign to ‘raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges that carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.’
On June 6th-12th individuals and organisations will come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is. Carer Friendly Communities are places where carers feel supported to look after their family or friends, and recognised as individuals with needs of their own.
To mark the occasion, Touchline Tea Stop organised a day of fun and pampering for our guest carers whose partners all attend the café on a regular basis – Touchline exists to serve members of the local community around our central office in Calderdale, whose lives are affected in any way by dementia.
We were very privileged to collaborate with our local training campus – Calderdale College – who sent us some fabulous students to offer their skills. They set up a relaxing, mood-enhancing zone with aromatherapy oils and soft lighting, and carers and other participants enjoyed being treated to hand massages and nail art. The students were outstanding in their delivery and really took the time to consider both verbal and non-verbal communication approaches.
Other goodies were on offer such as home-baked ginger ‘carer cookies’ and all carers were also gifted with scented candles to take home as a gift to mark the occasion.
Much fun and laughter was had with the variety of activities on offer, which included the ‘Marshmallow Challenge’ – trying to build the highest free-standing structure with a marshmallow balanced on the top using only spaghetti, thread and masking tape. It was incredible to watch groups share ideas and we even managed to photograph the highest structures amongst them before they fell to their knees.
This month, we were also kindly offered the use of a full size and a ¾ sized table tennis tables from community group ‘Young at heart’. Many participants got involved at various levels and much laughter was had watching our Lifestyles & Occupations Officer, George, chase after the ball, which continually rolled across the hall. The ‘Lemon Challenge’ was also a hit – trying to balance a coin on a lemon floating in water. We found out that gravity renders it scientifically impossible.
You can see Touchline’s pledge of support to build a carer-friendly community live on the Carers Week website, and we have further activities and events coming up in our various care homes across the north.
Why not join us and pledge your support now?
This week, 15-21 May, is Dementia Awareness Week, initiated by Alzheimer’s Society, where the organisation is encouraging anyone who is concerned about dementia to confront their concerns and to make contact with them.
Members of our Social Care team who operate our Touchline Tea Stop café for local families affected by dementia, teamed up with Calderdale and Kirklees Alzheimer’s Society to help spread awareness on their Dementia Roadshow Bus and to speak to visitors about our café.
We are very proud of the significant relationships we continue to build with individuals, charities and organisations across our locations, all coproducing for a bigger cause beyond our own walls.
As part of our ongoing connections, we have partnered our local Alzheimer’s Society up with Halifax RLFC, who this week kindly presented players to a city centre event where members of the public were invited to hang up their messages confronting dementia, or a special memory, on their memory tree.
We have also connected them with highly accomplished Calderdale poet and poetry festival organiser, Winston Plowes, who will take these hangings and convert their main ideas into a poem, to be displayed outside their office on the main street.
Staff from one of our care home locations, Gilwood Lodge, also set up a stand in their local Asda to speak with shoppers and to be a presence for anyone wishing to chat about issues relating to dementia and their family. Another of our locations, Birchley Hall, invited families, friends and members of the wider community to a visiting theatre group, again, with the goal of raising awareness and offering support and advice.
These initiatives further support our membership of the Dementia Action Alliance, fulfilling our regional pledge to focus on ‘general awareness raising and partnership in our specific area to develop a dementia-friendly community’. This all contributes to the larger national aim of: ‘bringing about a society-wide response to dementia by encouraging and supporting communities and organisations across England to take practical actions to enable people to live well with dementia and reduce the risk of costly crisis intervention’.
We look forward to keeping you updated on the success of these and further initiatives.
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