Katherine Matthews, manager of Perry Manor Care Home in Worcester, has won the Nursing Older People category in the 2022 Royal College of Nursing awards.
Matthews is the only care home nurse to be recognised in the awards. She was applauded for developing a local home-from-home alternative for people with neurological challenges and mental health needs, who were otherwise being placed out of county.
At the 14-person Care UK suite, each resident from secure psychiatric services receives one-to-one care for at least a month while the team assesses their needs and works to reduce their anxiety and distressed behaviour.
As a result, they feel safe and understood, with no need for safety interventions. Since its introduction, the administration of antipsychotic medications and benzodiazepines has halved.