Debbie South, sister at Barchester Healthcare's Awel-y-Mor Care Centre in Swansea, won the Care Registered Nurse Award in the recent English Care Awards 2005.
Debbie South has worked for the Barchester Healthcare care home for three years and is head of Awel-y-Mor's specialist care unit for young physically disabled residents between the ages of 18 to 65.
She was nominated for this award in recognition of the work she has done through developing the role of the nurse in caring for their neurologically impaired residents who suffer from swallowing difficulties, a condition known as dysphagia. Debbie South has developed an assessment programme which will provide nurses with the knowledge required to effectively manage this field of work.
The work which Debbie South has done will enable nurses to provide guidance as to when specialist referral for their residents would be necessary. They will also be able to ensure that residents benefit from early screening and appropriate referrals with speech and language therapists. Debbie has devised pre-screening checklists, assessment forms and swallow care plans to be used in the rehabilitation unit.
Ruth Lloyd, general manager at Awel-y-Mor said: "Awel-y-Mor is the only care home in the UK known to be developing a dysphagia management programme for nurses. Although it is in its infancy, the work Debbie South has done will enable our specialist unit to become a leader in this field of care management and will add to Barchester Healthcare's impressive record of delivering high quality specialist care."
Debbie was presented with her award at the presentation ceremony of the English Care Awards 2005 on Saturday 26th November at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel. Now in their seventh year, the awards recognise outstanding dedication and achievements within the care sector. Barchester Healthcare was proud to be official sponsor of the Care Manager Care Award 2005.