Together towards Tomorrow – Northern Devon Care Homes Team Annual Conference 2018 (Fri 21 Sept)

On World Alzheimer’s Day join the Northern Devon Care Homes Team for their annual conference, Together, towards Tomorrow. The focus of the day is Dementia Care, with many interesting speakers and opportunities to network. Free refreshments and a buffet style lunch will be provided.

North Devon Hospice will offer a drop in session on symptom management along with the Pathfinder team on the Trusted Assessor model during the lunch break in addition to exhibition stands offering advice on a wide range of products and services.

A raffle will be drawn at the end of the day (we are raising money for a local charity)

Fri 21 September 2018
08:45 – 17:00 BST

Filleigh Village Hall
EX32 0RS

Book here

Agenda for the Day:

08.45-09.00 Registration and Refreshments

09.00-09.10 Welcome and Housekeeping Andy Cox, Compliance & Content Manager, Workforce Development. NDHCT

09.10-09.15 Working in Partnership Darryn Allcorn, Chief Nurse, Honorary Associate Professor. Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHCT).

09.15-10.00 ‘Somebody I used to Know’. Wendy Mitchell – Author, Living with Dementia

10.00-10.45 Sexual Intimacy in Care Homes. Dr Dawne Garrett, Professional Lead, Care of Older People and Dementia Care. Royal College of Nursing (RCN)

10.45–11.15 Break/networking viewing of exhibition stands

11.15-12.00 Nursing in Care Homes. Sharon Aldridge-Bent, Programme Manager. Queens Nursing Institute

12.00-12.10 An Introduction to Trainee Nurse Associates. Andrea Bell, Deputy Director of Nursing. NDHCT

12.10-12.15 Why we are Trusted. Pathfinders Team. NDHCT

12.15-12.20 Resources and support available. NDHCT Library

12:20-12.25 Health & Social Care Learning Opportunities. Ruth Morgan, Distance Learning Curriculum Learner Support. Petroc College.

12.25–12.30 Introduction to Seating and Posture. Seating Matters

12.30-13.30 Lunch and viewing of exhibition stands. Hospice drop in/symptom management. Trusted Assessor drop in/sign up

13.35-14.20 Position Well and Move More for pressure prevention – how to recognise sitting and lying positions that help reduce risk of pressure damage. Lucy Clark, OT Living Centre, Vanessa Markwick, Moving & Handling Trainer. NDDH

14.20-15.20 The Arts and Dementia – How and Why they work so well. Dr Claire Garabedian Researcher – Creative Arts and Dementia, Association for Dementia Studies. University of Worcester.

15.20-15.40 Break/networking

15.40-15.50 Feeding at Risk. Bev Snowdon, Speech and Language Therapist. NDHCT

15.50-16.20 Dying of Boredom. George Coxon Owner/Director – Pottles Court and Summercourt Care Homes, Independent Health and Social Care Consultant, Chair of Devon Care Kite Mark, Specialist Mental Health Advisor – Cogora, UK wide Chair of the Mental Health Nurse Association

16.20-16.30 Presentation of Best Practice Awards and raffle prizes to winners. Chair Person

16.30 Close and Summary/Evaluation. Chair Person


Devon Cares providers make finals of Outstanding Care Awards 2018

Congratulations to all our care providers who have been shortlisted in a number of categories for the Outstanding Care Awards for Devon and Cornwall 2018. Many providers have been shortlisted – they are all italicised below.

Devon Cares has also been shortlisted in the Quality Provider category.

We’re looking forward to the awards ceremony on Friday 8 June – good luck to all the finalists!

Community Support Award

Emma Ellis – Windmill Community Centre
Pat Harris – HealthWatch – Torbay
Rowcroft Hospice
Neighbourhood Friends

Outstanding Community Manager

Peter Hughes – Home Instead Senior Care
Laura Atkinson – Home Instead Senior Care
Maddie Bird – Love2care
Caroline Sommerville – Bluebird care 
Kirstie Warren – Bluebird Care East Devon

Commitment to Training and Development

The Old Rectory – Southern Healthcare
Matt Williams – 3CP Training
Gillian Buxton Community of St Anthony and St Elias
Steve Dixon – Devon Safeguarding Adults Board
Norman Mac – Purple Angels

The Team of Excellence Award

Parkwood House – Southern Healthcare
Rawlyn House Cream Care
Hania Tasiemska and care team – Modus Care
Team Riverview Priory Adult Care ,
Coppelia House– Peninsular Care Homes
Barnhaven Care Home

Outstanding Care Home Manager

Carrie Kelf Pitts – Thornfield care Home
Sarah Marsh – Brandon Care LTD
Jo Spurle – Warberries Nursing Home,
Steven Todd – Vanehill
Karen Dykes – Mount Olivet

Outstanding Contribution to Care

Beckie Cox Falcare
Sheila and Brian Baker – Shared Lives
Louise Stephen – Feet First
Sarah and Rachel Mercy – Easy living care
Paignton & Brixham Community Nurses

Quality Supplier Award

Home Instead Exeter and East Devon
Devon Cares
Ocean Healthcare
3CP Training

Care Newcomer of the Year

Jonathan Hanbury – Atlas Respite & Therapy
Valentin-George Vazdoaga – The Manor, Stone-haven
Maddie Bird – Love2care
Lydia Hunt – Brandon Care – Hillside Care
Alex Mitchell – West Heanton

Health Care Assistant of the Year

Mark Glover – Torbay Hospital
Laura Goodman – West Heanton
Varsha Cannon – Warberries Nursing Home
Adrian Vale – Palm Tree Home Care
Vicky Pollitt – Kingsmount Residential Home

Care Home Activity Organiser of the Year Award

Kim Moran – Harbour Rise
Beverley Roberts – Keychange Charity
Stacey Johnson – Mount Olivet
Andy Cowling – The Old Rectory
Kayley Nowlan – The Manor Exminster

Care Champion Award

Gary Wearne – Primley Court Nursing Home
Maddie Bird – Love2Care
Emma Chalkley – Unicare
Frances Conelley – Cream Care
Sarah Taylor – Sarah’s Carers

Community Carer of the Year

Ann Owen – Quality Care
Tracey Denfhy Homelife Carers
Nicola Overington – Overington Care
Jill Peoples & Jason Reid – Shared Lives
Joanna Taylor – Palm Tree Home Care

Care Coordinator of the Year

Linda Wileman – Home Instead Senior Care Paignton
Jayne Wison – Home Instead Senior Care Exeter and East Devon
Lisa Jenkins – Homelife Carers
Alice Billows – Homelife Carers
Jessica Jenks – Homelife Carers

End of Life Excellence initiative

Rowcroft – Hospice at home team
Dr Georgina Walker – Rowcroft Hospice
SWAST – Cancer care team
Nicola Overington – Overington Care
Rapid Response – Mears

Dementia initiative Award

Mercedes Hughes – Home Instead Senior care
The Old Rectory – Southern Healthcare
Home instead Senior Care – Exeter &East Devon
The Team at Sefton Hall Nursing & residential home
Norman Mac – Purple Angels

Outstanding Deputy Award

Nikki Marsh – Sheridan House
Frankie Rowe – Bluebird Care Exmouth
Joanne Anderson – Love2care
Lynn Edmunds – Forge House
Amy Bennett – Thornfield Care Home

The Emergency Services Award

South West Ambulance service
Adam Hill – South West Ambulance service
Cancer Care Team – SWAST
Devon Freewheelers – Blood Bikes

The Peoples Award

Casmine Wilde – Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo
Sara Asghari – NHS
Christopher Smith – 4X4 Driver
Tom Wilson – 4×4 Driver
Sam Voaden – 4X4 Driver
Elliot Bear Van Lear – 4×4 Driver
Kyle Stewart – NHS

Catering Team of the Year

James, Kevin, Ben & Simon – Brandon care LTD
Jamie Stuckey – Warberry’s Nursing Home
Anna Gubanska and Lisa Turl– The Seaton Nursing Home

Care Assessor of the Year

Sarah Taylor – Sarah’s Carers
Kathy Southouse – Home Life Carers
Sarah Duller – Mears
Sharna Howard – Mears



Devon care worker represents success of Proud to Care Ambassadors in London

Stephanie Johnson, care worker from Time 2 Care, one of the care providers we work with, has been flying the flag for Proud to Care Ambassadors at an event in London.

Stephanie is one of 132 Proud to Care Ambassadors, who promote careers in health and social care in Devon by visiting schools, colleges, universities, and job centre and apprenticeship events. This network of health and social care staff was set up by Proud to Care Devon.

Stephanie, along with fellow Proud to Care Ambassadors, went to London to share Devon’s successful involvement in the national pilot for integrated health and social care ambassadors.

Representatives from several London boroughs attended and are interested in following in Devon’s footsteps.

There are some real positives from the pilot:

  • Health and social care providers in Devon have increased the share of the audience interested in a career in the sector by 23%
  • 82% of ambassadors have increased their confidence
  • 68% of ambassadors feel more motivated in their work as a result of being a Proud to Care Ambassador

HomeLife Carers recognised by fire service

HomeLife Carers, one of the providers part of Devon Cares, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (NDHT) and Devon Carers have been recognised for helping Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service by referring more than 100 people for their free Home Fire Safety visits.

A home fire safety visit usually takes approx. 30 minutes and the fire safety technician will offer specialist advice for your circumstances and sometimes be able to provide free fire safety equipment i.e.  smoke alarms, hard of hearing alarms etc. which can be fitted in your home if required.

Homelife began their partnership with the Fire Service in 2015, working together offering all service users a free home safety check. The training the Fire Service has offered managers and care workers at HomeLife Carers has been extremely beneficial to services users. The partnership is an example of a great success of professionals working together and supporting people to live safely in their own homes.

Jon Worsley, Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service group commander for North Devon, presented a certificate to celebrate 100 referrals to the fire service to staff from HomeLife Carers, NDHT and Devon Carers.


Jon said: “We are extremely grateful to our partners who help to refer people to keep them safe in their home.  Our partner organisations work with many people who we are not always aware of, so by working together it is in everyone’s benefit.”

Find out more about free fire home safety checks on Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue’s website.

HomeLife Carers is a tier 1 Devon Cares provider, working across northern and mid Devon. Find out more about our providers.