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High Five!

St Monica Trust’s care services have won an unprecedented five awards at this year’s Care and Support West Awards.

Sarah Saunders won the Nurse Front Line Worker Award, Sandford Station’s Care and Support Team won the Older People Care Award, John Wills House won Nursing Home of the Year and Wendy Leaman won the Care Home Registered Manager Award.

Last, but certainly not least, The Beeches team were recognised with the Outstanding Contribution Award, which was the final award presented on the night.

A remarkable achievement

In total the Trust was nominated for seven awards, including the Blossom Project for the volunteer award, the Beeches team in the End of Life Care category and Westbury Fields Care and Support team for the Domiciliary Care Award.

St Monica Trust’s Head of Care Homes, Debbie-Harris Brandi said: “For the care services within the Trust to be finalists for seven awards is a remarkable achievement and recognises the commitment by all of our colleagues to the provision of quality services for our residents and customers.

“To go on to win five awards, including the outstanding contribution award was a tremendous accomplishment and a reflection of the Trust’s commitment to the delivery of high quality and individualised care across the whole organisation.”

Recognising those who go ‘above and beyond’

The Care and Support West Awards were held at Ashton Gate Stadium on Saturday, 14 October and attended by more than 300 people.

Now in its fifth year, the Awards celebrate the work of individual staff members and organisations who have demonstrated outstanding excellence in social and health care sector through their dedication to and passion for caring.

David Smallcombe, Chief Executive of Care and Support West, said: “It is important that we regularly tell staff how great they are and remind them and ourselves that every day they ‘go above and beyond’ what their various job descriptions and employers ask of them.”

“Like those who represented St Monica Trust tonight, they do this without asking for extra recognition – they do it because they care and want to support people and enhance their lives.”

The St Monica Trust operates retirement communities across Bristol and North Somerset and its fifth retirement community, The Chocolate Quarter will open in Keynsham in November 2017.