I’m now back from leave and straight into another busy week. Whilst I was away, we announced the winners of our newly re-launched Employee of the Month scheme. Rachael Dodgson, our Operations Director was one member of the judging panel along with Alex Starley who lives at our Charmandean service. Rachael tells me that she was really impressed with the nominations and quality of work that our employees are achieving and with over 25 nominations, judging was really hard but I would like to add my own congratulations to the winners and all the nominees.
1st prize went to Support Worker Cesar Reyes who works at our Carlton Avenue service. I will be presenting him with £100 of vouchers. Aside from his dedication, passion and commitment to his role, Cesar hasn’t had a day off sick since he joined CMG 4 years ago. In 2nd place, Support Workers Lillian Ward and Cheryl Cootes win £50 for being really creative with re-decorating a sensory area at our Meeson’s Lodge service. And in 3rd place, Richard Hussey, who managers our payroll at Head Office for his consistent concern about the welfare of our staff.
As I’ve said in previous blogs, valuing our staff and recognising good practice at CMG is of real importance to us. It was also one of the key subjects raised at last year’s Driving Up Quality self assessment day as well as our recent Family Conference so we have put in place a number of initiatives to ensure that we do this better.
Another one of these initiatives is our staff representatives’ scheme. We now have a staff representative in each of our services and Sarah Evans, our HR and Learning and Development Manager and I, meet with them every 3 months in each region. I am always impressed by their positive attitude and good ideas and we are currently implementing some of their ideas.
I’d also like to say well done to staff in Beaulah Road and Birdhouse Rise whose CQC inspection reports were issued last week. Both services achieved ‘good’ in all areas.