The independent care home sector picked up a clutch of awards at last week’s Northern Ireland Royal College of Nursing Nurse of The Year Awards 2016 held at Hillsborough Castle.
Lorraine Kirkpatrick, regional manager at Four Seasons Health Care scooped a winners gong, while Brenda Rushe and Mark McGeachey, both of Runwood Homes, earned runner up awards.
Ms Rushe, manager of Runwood’s Weavers House in Cookstown won the runner up award for Team Manager and Mr McGeachey, a care assistant at the operator’s Rose Martha Court in Ballymena, picked up the runner up award in the Health Care Support Worker award.
Speaking after the event John Rafferty, Runwood’s Northern Ireland director of operations stated that “this is an amazing and well deserved accolade for Brenda Rushe and Mark McGeachey, and we are so proud of them. I know that the residents, relatives and their colleagues in both homes are thrilled with this magnificent achievement and for us all in Northern Ireland sets something for us all to aspire to”.
Carol Sheilds, Northern Ireland dementia services manager for Runwood, added: “I am so happy that both these professionals are recognised by the Royal College of Nursing and the judging panel because whenever you see the high standard of personalised care that they deliver to our residents and their families you have to be in awe of them. I personally offer them both my appreciation for making the lives of our resident’s so special and fulfilling and being so special role models for our fantastic team in Northern Ireland”.