Pressure? What Pressure? (A view from today's window ledge)


Health & Social Care is in great need of a massive shot in the arm – we hope you all agree.

There is a “perfect storm” coming our way created by high and low pressure converging on a sector already battling poor public perception, a recruitment black hole and perpetual strong winds of political rhetoric from those who should know better. Is anyone actually doing anything to help though?

A combination of pressure on fee income against increases in labour costs and more and yet more compliance. We have our very own triad of impairment stifling the sector.

Anyone disagree with this so far?

So, as an example, let me share our last 30 days with you. It’s not a rant but a reflection on our real world.

Award Winning Care Worker from AbleCare Homes

The winner of the South Gloucestershire Care Home Worker of the Year Award isGabrielle Sheard from AbleCare Homes’ Frenchay House.

Nominations for South Gloucestershire’s Care and Support Awards closed on 14 December. Over 100 nominations were received.  A ceremony took place on 23 March 2016 where the dedication of all of the finalists was celebrated.

The awards seek to recognise the dedication and contribution of care and support workers who have gone the extra mile to provide high quality care so that the people they help can lead the lives they want to live.

Gabrielle received four nominations, each recognising Gabrielle’s caring nature, empathy and ability to provide emotional support for residents. Nominator Shirley Hiscox said: “She sits and listens to me. She really cares for the other residents. When I lost my husband she supported me and was always comforting me when I got upset she sat and listened to me.”

Home Manager Leanne Thorne collected certificates to not only recognise the achievement of Gabby but alsoElaine Clay andMary Shortman who received nominations from those who they provide care and support to.

For full details of all nominees and winners click here

To see the celebration image, click here


Guinness Care and Support have #CreativeTimes

Why Guinness Care and Support Loves Creativity! #CreativeTimes2015

During September Guinness celebrated its second Creative Times Festival.  The project culminated in a three day exhibition which took place in October 2015 at Bath’s Guildhall.

Creative Times 2015 #CreativeTimes2015, was a six month collaboration between customers, staff and local artists at a number of services in Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and celebrated customer-centred art projects, each culminating in superb exhibitions.