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Danshell service users present award at Scottish Care Awards

Members of the Danshell team, including Director of Corporate Development Ori Zaidman and service users Annette and Nigel from Trinity House, attended the annual Scottish Care Awards on Friday. Danshell had sponsored the 'Nutrition and Eating Well' award at the ceremony and Ori, Annette and Nigel announced the winner and presented the awards.

The Scottish Care Awards celebrate best practice within the care sector, as well as recognising the hard work, commitment and dedication of those who work in services across the country. The event was held at Glasgow's Hilton, which was a fitting venue for the champagne reception, three course dinner, and awards show hosted by Scottish singer and Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus.

It was a really proud night for the whole Danshell team as they watched Annette and Nigel play their part in this exciting event with confidence. Other highlights during the night included a performance from Michelle McManus, followed by a live band and dancing.

Next year, Danshell plans to be winning awards as well as presenting them... so watch this space!

Danshell’s Group Director of Nursing and Patient Safety to speak at RCN conference

Debra MooreThe Royal College of Nursing has organised a special conference in December to help address the challenges facing nurses working as care home managers within the South East region and have asked Danshell's Director of Nursing and Patient Safety, Debra Moore, to be one of their key speakers.

The 'Care to Manage – Manage to Care' conference will be held on Thursday 5th December in Cavendish Square, London and will cover a range of issues that currently affect care providers in the South East.

Amongst the topics discussed, there will be talks on; the Francis Report and what it means for nursing in care homes, how laughter therapy can be used as a tool for stress, how to tackle discrimination and the importance of the role of health care assistants.

Debra Moore will be speaking about her experience as Danshell's Director of Nursing and Patient Safety and what the future looks like for services in the South East.

To book a place at the conference, please call the RCN events team on 02920 546460.

Danshell’s Handlebar Heroes

Danshell are supporting Movember with their very own fundraising team the 'Danshell Handlebars', to not only raise funds but to create awareness.

November sees the moustache becoming the symbol for men's health as all over the country men grow a mo for charity. Whether handlebar, pencil or fu manchu it is a symbol to spark conversations about important health issues including testicular and prostate cancer.

Danshell Staff from all over the UK have already pledged their support, so whether you're a guy who would like to grow a mo or a gal who wants to support the team, enlist to the Danshell Handlebars here : The site shows the team and regular updates will be posted on our hairy journey!

You can find out more about why you should join in and Movember, by taking a look at the causes here:

Ideas and Innovation: Danshell celebrates another successful People’s Parliament

Service users from across the North East came together last Friday to discuss a range of issues in the People's Parliament.

After volunteers were selected to fulfil the roles of Chair and Secretary, conversations got under way about a variety of topics that service users were keen to talk about. Topics ranged from getting involved in the Special Olympics, internet access and tablet computers, house meetings, to the suggestion of a People's Parliament Christmas meal.

The group also reviewed answers from Danshell's COO Andrew Murray to questions which had come out of their last meeting. Andrew Murray has asked the People's Parliament if he can attend their next meeting, so he can answer questions in person, something which the service users are looking forward to.

Other issues that were discussed during the session included meals, staffing, privacy, minibuses, holidays and activities. Each attendee was given the opportunity to speak in front of the group and also to write down how they were feeling and what issues were important to them. Talking mats and other visual aids were provided for those who cannot communicate verbally, which ensured everyone was actively involved in the session.

This session of the People's Parliament was felt to be a great success by all participants. Danshell is greatly encouraged by the involvement of service users in these meetings and the fantastic opportunity they provide in enabling the sharing of views, as well as the chance to socialise and make friends with individuals from other services.

Anyone who wants to attend the next People's Parliament is welcome to do so. The staff members present are there to facilitate the meeting, with service users very much shaping the agenda and leading the discussions.

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Quality Road Shows are coming to our Services in the South East

Danshell will be holding two of its pioneering 'quality road shows' in the South East in November as it works to bring everyone involved in the Danshell services together to discuss thoughts, ideas, and experiences about the services that we provide.

The road shows aim to bring service users, their families, local commissioners, and all levels of staff together in the same place, so they can really benefit from shared discussion and exchange their views on our services.

At Danshell, we are always striving to ensure that we provide the best possible levels of care and support. A fundamental part of this commitment is ensuring service users play an active role in shaping delivery and improvement. In bringing them together with families and staff from a range of services, the road shows play a key role in the enabling the sharing of ideas and best practice.

Our next road show, for adult services, will be held on 14th November at Colchester Football Club. For those involved in children's services, we will be getting together on the 20th November in Attleborough. We are hugely excited about both of these events and look forward to posting a full report after they've happened, so watch this space!

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