Sue wins BJN care award
The manager of a Marlborough care home has won the British Journal of Nursing’s Nursing Care Award for her innovative approach to compassionate care for people with dementia.
Sue Linsley, manager of Coombe End Court, run by the not-for-profit Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT), also won a silver award in a related category – Neuroscience Nursing. The British Journal of Nursing Awards, which were set up to recognise and celebrate clinical excellence and innovation, have this year included nominations from the care sector for the first time.
Sue, who has been working for OSJCT in Wiltshire for 21 years, devised and introduced the reminiscence room to Coombe End Court as a means to comfort residents with advanced dementia, whose symptoms include loss of recent memory, distress and anxiety.
The reminiscence room replicates the decor of a typical British home in the post-war years and features flying ducks, a working Ferranti valve radio, a Bakelite dial telephone, utility 1950s and reproduction furniture from the era, a gramophone, and fittings and everyday objects from home and office. People with dementia who use the s