State of the care village Belong Atherton has celebrated an awards treble at the Hospice in Your Care Home Awards 2018, organised by Wigan and Leigh Hospice (WLH).
Gemma Willetts, experience coordinator for Belong Atherton, was awarded Non-Clinical Staff Member of the Year, while Lead Senior Support Worker, Julia Cross, was awarded Staff Member of the Year, with Belong Atherton also scooping the Home of the Year award, which was shared with Richmond House in Leigh.
Gemma said: “We had a wonderful time at the Hospice Awards. The evening was fabulous and it was really lovely to celebrate the hard work of our staff, many of whom received nominations.”
Open to care homes in Wigan and Leigh that are part of WLH’s Hospice in Your Care Home scheme, the awards recognise high quality end of life care provided by local care workers.
Hospice in Your Care Home, which has been running since November 2015, trains staff to provide sensitive, timely and compassionate palliative care.
In 2016, Belong Atherton passed rigorous assessment of its standards of end of life care to achieve Gold Standards Framework (GSF) accreditation by the national organisation responsible for training and quality standards in the sector. The village was awarded the Quality Hallmark Award for demonstrating excellence in care standards and showcasing examples of best practice in end of life care.