Celebrating excellence in care in Plymouth

A special event is being held in Plymouth to celebrate excellence in the city’s care sector next month.

‘Celebrating Excellence in Care: Plymouth 2016’ which is being held at the New Continental Hotel on Saturday 14 May. The event will be a chance to showcase and recognise best practice across care in Plymouth, from nursing homes and care homes to those who provide care in people’s homes, and the New Continental Hotel is Plymouth’s first hotel to achieve ‘Dementia Friendly’ status. If successful it is hoped that this will become an annual event.

There will also be a ‘People’s Choice’ category which can be voted for by members of the public at peopleschoice@plymouth.gov.uk

Representatives from care homes across the city will attend the event, and there will also be a raffle with proceeds going towards the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund at Derriford Hospital. The Children’s Happy Hospital Fund supports the children and young people’s health directorate and aims to make a difference for all young patients, their families and carers both in hospital and at home.

Carole Burgoyne, Strategic Director for People for Plymouth City Council, said: “We are very excited to be holding our first ever event to celebrate excellence in care in Plymouth.

“We are particularly delighted to be hosting the event at the New Continental Hotel, which is Plymouth’s first ‘dementia-friendly’ hotel and a member of the Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance.

“It will be a celebration and recognition of the fantastic work taking place across the care sector in Plymouth, from residential and nursing care homes to domiciliary care agencies. We will also be sharing stories of excellence and innovation from Plymouth residents at the event.

“We hope to have a great turnout from Plymouth’s care sector and we encourage local people to nominate care workers in the People’s Choice category.

“We are also grateful for any sponsorship and also any raffle prizes people are able to donate as we will be holding a raffle for the Children’s Happy Hospital Fund at Derriford Hospital.”

Sue Rodgers, Play Specialist Team Leader at Derriford Hospital, said: “Children’s Happy Hospital Fund would like to thank Plymouth City Council for their support whilst celebrating excellence in care over the last year.

“Our aim is to enhance the facilities on the children’s wards and provide a child friendly environment for all that have to stay on level 12. It is fantastic that our charity has been chosen to benefit from the funds raised through the raffle and I would like to thank everyone who is supporting this event. I hope it is a great evening of celebration.”

If you would like to nominate a care worker in the People’s Choice category, please email peopleschoice@:plymouth.gov.uk or send us a direct message via @plymouthcc on twitter or the Plymouth City Council (Official) facebook page. If you have any questions you can also call 01752 307385. The closing date for the People’s Choice category will be midnight on Sunday 1 May, and the winner of the category will be chosen by an independent panel.