Here you’ll find a selection of news and stories reflecting the activities and events happening within SJOG.

SJOG Nurse Nominated for Lifetime Achievement in Care Award

Rose Hayes, a registered nurse at Henry Nihill House has been selected for the final for the Lifetime Achievement in Care category in the National Care Awards 2019.  Rose has been a nurse for over 50 years and at Henry Nihill House for 34 years.   

Commendations about Rose have been numerous and much deserved, and can be best summed up by the Rt. Revd. Dame Mary Therese Zelent, Mother Abbess of the Community of St Mary at the Cross: “As a colleague working alongside us, we have great admiration and respect for Rose, for her knowledge and professional skills, and her calming manner, and absolute loyalty. To this day Rose is dedicated and committed in her care of our residents to enhance the quality of their lives, a good friend and loyal colleague.”

Henry Nihill House is a registered nursing home for older people which SJOG manages on behalf of the Community of St Mary of the Cross.

This isn’t the first time Rose has been recognised for her achievements – in 2013 the London Borough of Barnet presented Rose with an Excellent Care Award, in appreciation of her dedication and professionalism.

All finalists will meet with two independent judges for each category on 11th October at the Awards’ Judging Day at the Hilton London Metropole. And winners will be presented with their trophies at the high profile Gala Night held on Friday 29th November at the Hilton London Metropole attended by over 700 guests.  Well done Rose and good luck on the 11th.

Recognising those who Go the Extra Mile

There are lots of occasions when we see our colleagues go that extra mile for the people we support and we wanted a way to acknowledge this and to say thank you.  In September at our staff conference we made our first GEM awards.  The first of these went to Bernie Concadoro.  Bernie works at SJOG’s Resource Centre in Enfield, which provides a range of day services within the centre itself and out in the community that enable people we support to enjoy activities and leisure outings they enjoy.   Bernie was nominated for the award by, Laurence Lévy, Operations Manager for “not just going the extra mile, but for going the extra marathon and for her outstanding and longstanding commitment to the service, for doing all she does without the need to be asked and her passion to make sure the service we give to the people we support is the best it can be.”  It was a truly well-deserved award and received most humbly by Bernie who acknowledged that, ‘she was not alone’ in giving a whole-hearted commitment to the service. 

The Big Idea

Over 100 colleagues from across SJOG came together to work on a series of Big Ideas.   

The gathering was led by Dr Jamie Mackrill, SJOG’s Director of Opportunities and Kate Ainscough from Freestyle Innovation. The theme of the day was Bigger, Bolder, Brighter and set the challenge to 12 groups to find ways that SJOG could be of more use to more people by being cleverer about the way we currently deliver services, or through new bold initiatives.

Jamie said that, “Lots of great ideas were generated on the day and we’ll be working over the coming weeks to develop these ideas through to implementation.”

But the last word has to go to Kate who said on twitter @AinscoughKate, “So I laughed and I cried today. Thank you @Jamiemackrill1 @paulbottsjogfor having me. Your team and their work is amazing. L.O.V.E.D.”

Enjoying a new activity

When the people who we support in our service in Coulby Newham put on their ‘ideas board’ that they wanted to go swimming recently, SJOG support team, together with the staff from the local leisure centre, made it happen.  This required some forward planning to accommodate Alan’s, Emma’s and David’s needs but it was well worth it.  They had an amazing time and have been again several times since.  Support teams in our residential and supported living services are continually encouraging people to come up with ideas that could improve their lives and make them happy.  These ideas are put on an ‘ideas board’ in each service, and wherever possible, we like to make it happen for people.  

Reflecting on SJOG

Nine months have passed since the appointment of an entirely new executive team at SJOG. During this time the charity has enjoyed a period of growth and renewal.  “We’ve refocused, rebranded, and restructured the organisation. We have a good plan and good people delivering on it.”  Paul Bott, Chief Executive.

Recruitment of the team was done with the help of UNW’s Strategic Talent service.  Peter Neal and Laura Dean from UNW visited the SJOG’s offices in Darlington recently to reflect on the recruitment process and the success of the team. 

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Photo shows: left to right (back): Peter Neal - UNW, Lisa Alcorn - Chief Operating Officer, Paul Bott – Chief Executive, (front): Leanne Welford -Chief Finance Officer, Laura Dean - UNW

SJOG welcomes new trustees to its board

SJOG is pleased to welcome three new trustees to its board: Lesley Selfe brings a wealth of experience from a health background being a former director of nursing at NHS Direct and currently a special advisor to the Care Quality Commission;  Paul Forster-Jones comes with a background of working at senior levels of multi-million pound organisations in pharma and private equity-backed organisations; and Emma Gibbons is currently the deputy director of finance and commercial with Public Health England.  We are very much looking forward to working with them and having the extra breadth of skills and knowledge on our board.

(Photo left to right: Emma Gibbons, Lesley Selfe and Paul Forster-Jones)

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