Staff and patients at Billingham Grange Independent Hospital in Durham are celebrating after Debbie Dobson was named 'Activities Coordinator of the Year' at the Barchester Care Awards 2018.
The judge for the category, Barchester’s Sue Sheath, Director of Regulations, alongside last years’ winner of the same award said of Debbie that “Debbie makes sure that patients are stimulated mentally, physically and socially in safe, fun environments, from hosting dance and fitness classes in the lounge, to cooking in the hospital’s lifestyle kitchen. The programme that Debbie has implemented has even supported healthy weight loss with her patients, and two residents have even stopped smoking! Debbie helps her patients feel empowered and important, and she works well with the supporting teams at the hospital to make sure that the life enrichment programme goes beyond set hours, truly demonstrating excellent personalised care”.
Debbie said of her win that, “I am very proud, and very honoured to be receiving this award. We work hard here at our hospital with a focus on the people we care for, and not for accolades, but it really is very special to be recognised in this way.”