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Award for 'Memory Lane' champion at Marshland St James care home

A staff member at Hickathrift House care home in Marshland St James has been crowned "Memory Lane Champion" in regional care awards and is through to national finals.

Paula Colman won the title in Barchester’s Central Division in the Barchester Care Awards 2018.

The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of individuals living in Barchester care homes. Categories range from Registered Nurse of the Year and Carer of the Year to Maintenance Champion and Team of the Year.

Paula Colman (2778098)
Paula Colman (2778098)

More than 1,300 nominations were received from homes across the UK. All entries have been of a very high standard and Paula is thrilled to have been named top in the region.

She said: "I am completely overwhelmed to receive this award – I am so lucky to be supported by a great manager, admin team and colleagues alike, and to receive their votes along with those of residents families and nurses I feel hugely honoured. I am very passionate about my role, with the residents' well-being paramount in my mind – so thank you again for everyone who voted for me for this recognition."

As the winner for central region, Paula is automatically through to the national Barchester Care Awards finals. She will soon have an interview with the judges and will then join finalists from across the UK at a special awards luncheon in October to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.

Hickathrift House (2778124)
Hickathrift House (2778124)

Acting general manager, Ceri Mills, said: “This is an amazing achievement. Paula is a dedicated and fully committed team member, as recognised by the volume of votes for her to gain this recognition. It is a great achievement for her to have been recognised as the Divisional Winner and we are all fully supporting her with the next stage of the company wide awards”

Hickathrift House care home is run by Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, which is committed to delivering personalised care across its care homes and hospitals. Hickathrift House provides residential care and dementia care for 52 residents from respite care to long term stays.

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