We were delighted to welcome the members of the ‘Purple All Stars’ from St Albans to Garden House Hospice Care last week to help us celebrate being awarded Purple Star accreditation from Hertfordshire County Council. This award is given in recognition of the steps we have taken to ensure that people with learning disabilities are able to access our services and receive the best possible help. The amazing ‘Purple All Stars’ group use creative arts to spread health messages to people with learning disabilities and their carers.
At the event, Jayne Dingemans, Director of Patient Services, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious award for many of our services. The clinical teams have all worked extremely hard and being awarded a purple star has given our teams a real sense of achievement.”
The award was presented by Gavin Howcroft, Expert by Experience and Louise Jenkins, Strategic Liaison Nurse from Hertfordshire County Council Health Liaison Team.
Gavin commented to the audience of staff from Garden House Hospice Care:
‘You’ve done it! It has been great working with you all. The Hospice is a peaceful place and I would like to thank you to signing up for this accreditation and for making reasonable adjustments for patients and families with learning disabilities.’
Louise Jenkins, Strategic Liaison Nurse for Secondary & Tertiary Care, said:
“You have been a fantastic staff team to work with, and this award has been an easy win for you as you clearly individualise all the care you provide to patients. We are keen to work with you to keep the standard up and help you keep improving for the benefit of people with learning disabilities.”