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Care home nurse picks up second national care award

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A care home nurse from Wales has won a national care award for the second time.

Sue Povey, 53, who works for Greenhill Manor care home in Cardiff was awarded the title of “best registered nurse” at the National Care Awards.

Ms Povey, who started working for the nursing, dementia and young physically disabled home eight years ago, also won the same accolade in 2009.

She said: “I still can’t believe I have won this award. When I got the call, I was very emotional.

“I feel as if I haven’t just achieved something for myself, but for my team in the young physically disabled unit and for my home Greenhill Manor,” she said. “I wouldn’t have won this award, without their support and nomination.”

Greenhill Manor, which specialises in nursing, dementia and young physically disabled care, is part of Hallmark Care Homes. It was established in 1997 and runs 16 care homes across England and Wales.

Ms Povey’s latest award win follows this year’s Hallmark Care Homes company awards ceremony, where she was named “nurse of the year” out of 500 entries.

She said: “I thoroughly enjoy working with and supporting individuals and enabling them to live a fulfilled life. It sounds cheesy but it doesn’t feel like a job.

“At Greenhill Manor, we all want the same for service users and our residents and we do the upmost to give them experiences in the community,” said Ms Povey.

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Care home nurse picks up second national care award

Sue Povey at Greenhill Manor with resident Lisa James

She added: “We try and incorporate as many parties as we can and we organise tickets for shows and events our residents would like to see and visit. Next year, we have already planned to take our residents to the Six Nations Rugby.”

Entrants were judged on their contribution to the long-term care sector, their clinical and managerial qualities and their dedication and advocacy for their residents.

The judging panel of the National Care Awards said: “Sue was able to demonstrate, a warm relationship-based approach, combined with superb clinical practice in a community of people with complex needs.”

The awards, first established in 1998 by the Caring Times, seek to acknowledge and celebrate the very best people in the long-term care sector.

The awards were presented by comedian Hugh Dennis at a ceremony held at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel.

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