A huge – and thoroughly deserved – congratulations to our Magda, our Clinical Lead at Pennington Court, who has just been awarded Nursing Home Nurse of the Year by the Leeds Quality in Care Awards
Magda has been awarded with this prestigious award as she puts our residents first in everything she does – nothing is ever too much or too little – and she passionately believes in personalised care for everyone at Pennington Court.
Trusted and valued by residents and their families for her empathy, kindness and compassion, Magda is a champion of the benefits of lifelong learning and continuous professional development. She’s always the first to put her name down for extra courses – in addition to her nursing ones – and believes that constantly learning is the best way to improve the health and wellbeing of our residents.
An example of this was when Magda observed that some of our Pennington Court residents who suffered with poor balance would have to travel to the hospital or their GP to have an ear syringing procedure carried out. So, Magda decided to take a course to learn the procedure herself – and now our residents don’t have to travel at all.    
Magda’s palliative training is particularly important to the care she gives to our residents and their families - and is hugely educational and instructive her colleagues. As a result, she played an instrumental part in Pennington Court achieving its CQC outstanding rating in October 2018 and the Gold Standards Framework for end-of-life care.
As well as being hugely valued by our residents and their families, Magda has a huge impact on her colleagues and student nurses too.
Magda works closely with the University of Leeds to support and mentor the next generation of nurses who come into Pennington Court to train. Not only does she love mentoring, but she’s a wonderful role model for anyone entering the profession due to her passion, enthusiasm and knowledge. 
For her colleagues, Magda is a calm and knowledgeable presence in Pennington Court. And although she works in the nursing team at Westward Care, she’s always on hand to help and advise the team with any nursing or medical questions. And despite being promoted to clinical lead, Magda is quite happy to get down to the floor and get involved in other care tasks.
Magda trained as nurse in her native Poland and has worked in care homes in Yorkshire since 2008. She began her career as a Care Assistant at The Beeches Nursing Home in Bradford before joining Mulgrave house Nursing Home in 2013 as a Registered General Nurse.
Huge congratulations again, Magda!
If Magda’s story has inspired you, we are currently recruiting for a Registered Nurse and other vacancies at Westward Care. 
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