Debra Sparks, Recruitment & Retention manager at Home Instead Senior Care, received her award as a Dignity & Dementia Champion at a presentation on 3rd October 2012 at Earl Mill, Oldham.
Debra was one of twenty health and social care professionals from a range of services in different organisations throughout the borough. The pilot group have completed six months training to achieve the award.
The role of the Dignity & Dementia champion is to raise awareness of good practice, increase standards of care and support, and to cascade training and support to the rest of the workforce.
Mick Sheehan, managing director of Home Instead in Oldham said “I’m very proud of Debra and the award she has received. Hopefully this can only enhance the quality of the service that we are providing to our clients, ensuring they remain happy and safe in their own homes”. Debra added “Completing the Dignity and Dementia course has been a great experience. Working together as a group, gaining knowledge and sharing best practice will be invaluable in helping our team to support our clients”.
The awards were presented to each champion by Cllr Phil Harrison, Oldham’s cabinet member for health and social care. Cllr Harrison gave a passionate speech in which he declared his commitment to ensure the residents of Oldham receive the best possible care for people with Dementia.