Homes win new awards for care

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SOME of the best performing county care homes have been honoured at NHS Northamptonshire’s first Care Homes for Excellence Awards.

In total 25 care homes received awards at the event earlier this week, which was supported by Nene Commissioning and Corby Healthcare Clinical Commissioning Groups. The new care home awards have been established to recognise homes that have a commitment to excellence and must have met statutory standards and good practice guidelines achieved during assessments by the NHS Northamptonshire Quality Monitoring Team.

NHS Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire director of nursing Jan Norman said: “The awards give well-deserved recognition to the homes which give excellent care to their residents. We want to celebrate those which lead the way in providing high-quality care to some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

The quality monitoring team visits care homes at least once a year for a comprehensive visit and at six months to review the progress that has been made.

The full monitoring visit involves a detailed assessment against a set of standards and where any improvements are required, the care home provides an action plan setting out how this will be achieved.

The team facilitate and support training, provide signposting to other professionals and are a source of information and advice at any time to support care homes to improve.

The care homes which received awards included homes in Wellingborough, Stanwick, Islip, Kettering and Rushden.