Blackpool trip for Springhill residents

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Staff and residents took another trip to Blackpool Illuminations – a place where we are becoming regular visitors!


It is always a fantastic outing to Blackpool and often brings back happy memories for residents who like to see the improvements and changes made to the popular seaside town.


We are also regulars at Seniors Chip shop in Thornton Cleveleys, so we had to include a traditional chippy tea to warm us up!


See you again soon, Blackpool.



Zoolab visit was a spooky surprise

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Our residents at Springhill enjoyed an afternoon with some spooky animals for our Halloween Zoolabs special.


Some of us had a chance to hold and stroke the animals including giant land snails, millipede, snakes & rats.


It was an interactive session and went down well with the residents.


Most importantly animal therapy is a recognised therapy across the care sector and can boost the health and well-being of those who interact with them.


We also got to learn a lot about the creatures… Did you know the difference between a male and female millipede is that females have one less pair of legs… although we wouldn't like to count!



Springhill Care Home staff member takes charity work to Africa

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Staff and residents are getting behind one of their colleagues and her husband as they prepare to fly out to Africa to support children living in poverty.


Along with 12 others from Brave Church, Oswaldtwistle, nursing practitioner Gemma Creech will head to Rwanda in February 2019 to take part in the Compassion Rwanda project.


In the run up to the charity excursion Springhill Care Home has held fundraising events including a staff non-uniform day in September, followed by a 'Hoedown Party’.


This month staff at the care home will also be hosting a raffle, a bonfire night event and donation boxes for cash and gifts will be at the reception desk. Staff are also taking part in a sponsored ten mile walk on November 3.


As well as providing children with nutritional support, medical checks, schooling, uniforms and vocational training, Compassion Rwanda reaches out to at-risk children with pre-natal and post-natal care facilities and Gemma said that any support is welcome.


She added: “Nearly 70 children are sponsored by Brave Church members and the team will be taking much-needed supplies on our excursion next February.


“Everyone at Springhill Care Home has been extremely supportive and we are hoping to raise as much money as possible and take as many supplies as we can to Africa to help those living in extreme poverty.”


Children can be sponsored for as little as 83p per day, and further information can be found at


To sponsor Gemma and support Springhill Care Home in its fundraising activities, speak to a member of staff.


Bernadette helps to lead care home

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A new member of the senior team has been appointed at a leading Accrington care home and is driving the future of care forward by encouraging people to take up nursing.


Bernadette Bennett is now the deputy manager of Springhill Care Home after 38 years of working in the care sector for the NHS and private sector.


Bernadette, who has been promoted after being at Springhill as Service Manager for three years, said: “Springhill is a great place to work even though it is quite large. It actually feels like a family here and that is something that I value. This enables us to make it a home from home for our residents as well.”


Springhill is currently rated as ‘good’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Bernadette said that along with the team she aims to have an ‘outstanding’ home recognised by the governing body.


Bernadette, 58, who is from Preston, said she wants people to take up nursing through the award-winning Springhill Care Group, which also operates homes in Skelmersdale and Bristol.


She added: “We offer careers at Springhill. Not everybody wants to go to college or university but if they come to work at Springhill we can give them underpinning knowledge and confidence to get the qualifications to go into nursing and hopefully in the years to come those nurses may come back to Springhill to work.”

Springhill encourages all staff to develop skills and qualifications and currently 90 per cent of its staff hold or are working towards a minimum of Qualification Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (QCF).



Awards shortlist success for Springhill Care Group

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Springhill Care Group has been recognised after being shortlisted for a grand total of 21 categories in this year’s Great British Care Awards.

Staff at all three homes – Springhill in Accrington, Birch Green in Skelmersdale and Riversway in Bristol, have been shortlisted, and Springhill Care Group has been recognised itself as a finalist in the Care Employer Award category.

In the North West heats, Springhill Care Home has been shortlisted in the following categories:

  • Adele Thorpe – The Care Home Worker Award 
  • Deborah Bennett – The Good Nurse Award
  • Donna Greenhalgh – The Dementia Carer Award
  • Alison Wilson – The Dementia Carer Award
  • Michelle Walsh – The Ancillary Worker Award
  • SCH Dementia Suite – The Care Home Team Award.

Meanwhile, Birch Green Care Home has been shortlisted in the following:

  • Victoria Sudworth – The Care Home Registered Manager Award
  • Holly Burgum – The Care Newcomer Award
  • Sian Gardner – The Care Trainer Award
  • Gill Seddon – The Putting People First Award
  • Lisa Williams – The Care Home Cook/Chef Awards
  • Jean Watson – The Dignity in Care Award
  • Team Birch Green – The Palliative Care Award.

Interviews for the North West awards were held in Manchester on October 16th, and the awards evening is due to take place on November 24th at the Mercure in Manchester.

The South West shortlist includes the following staff from Riversway Nursing Home:

  • Simon Page – The Care Home Cook/Chef Award
  • Shannon Sheppard – The Dignity in Care Award
  • Joan Comprado – The Good Nurse Award
  • Victoria Fosuah – The Dementia Carer Award
  • Liz Hahn – The Care Newcomer Award
  • Trudy Palmer – The Care Innovator Award
  • Julie Fowler – The Care Home Worker Award.

Staff from Riversway will be interviewed for their categories on October 23rd, with an awards evening on Friday, November 16th at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol.

Donna Briggs, Managing Director of Springhill Care Group, said: “The Great British Care Awards are a major event in the industry’s calendar, and it’s an incredible achievement to see so many of our talented staff shortlisted, as well as recognition for the group.

“Everyone works so hard and care so much about the residents we support, and this is an acknowledgement that we are truly leading the way when it comes to providing great care.”

Keep an eye on the Springhill Group websites and social media channels for more updates. Good luck everyone!


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