A registered mental health nurse from Wilmslow is celebrating after being shortlisted for two national awards.
Joby Raju, 42, is in the finals for both the National Dementia Care Awards and the North West Care Awards.
“His passion is to enrich the lives of people living with dementia”
Andy de Vares
He works at specialist dementia hospital Monet Lodge in Withington, South Manchester, which is operated by adult health and social care charity Making Space.
Mr Raju has been clinical lead there for eight years, during which the 20-bed unit has become a centre of excellence and was recently rated as “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission.
Prior to becoming clinical lead at Monet Lodge, he spent four years at Eden Mansions Nursing and Residential Home in Styal, then known as Southfield Manor Care Home.
Before that, he gained nursing experience at the Bangalore Institute of Oncology in India as well as at an acute psychiatric unit. He completed his nursing training in 1995.
The annual Great British Care Awards recognises individuals who strive for excellence across the care sector. Mr Raju has been shortlisted for the Good Nurse Award.
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Meanwhile, in the National Dementia Care Awards, he is shortlisted for the Best Dementia Nurse Specialist title. He will find out on in November whether he has won either of the two titles.
His line manager at Making Space, Andy de Vares, said: “Many who meet Joby acknowledge if he had never trained as a nurse, he would still know instinctively how to look after people.
“He is personable, respectful of dignity and independence and shows empathy and understanding,” he said. “His exemplary skills are inherent and he would care for people regardless of his profession.
“His passion is to enrich the lives of people living with dementia, and in doing so he has led the development of activities including story work, reminiscence therapy, multisensory stimulation, animal-assisted therapy, massage and exercise,” he added.