Nursing home earns district’s highest health award

Owner Zo� Bates and office manager Alan Fry receive the award from councillor Sue Rogers, right
Owner Zo� Bates and office manager Alan Fry receive the award from councillor Sue Rogers, right

SUPERIOR efforts to help staff improve their health have earned an Upper Beeding nursing home an award.

Valerie Manor Nursing and Residential Home is celebrating after picking up the Horsham District Healthy Workplace Gold Award.

Owner Zoë Bates was presented with the award by Sue Rogers, Horsham District Council’s cabinet member for a safer and healthier district.

The home, in Henfield Road, employs 52 people from the area. Features the award recognises include on-site health checks for staff, signing up for the Cycle to Work scheme, providing fruit and healthy food for staff, holding weekly staff boot camps in the garden and providing specialist counselling support on-site for staff who work in such a demanding environment.

Mrs Rogers said: “I am delighted to present this award to Valerie Manor as proof of their continued improvement from their last presentation, when they gained the Achievement level award in early 2013. It is great that they continue to be an exemplar in looking after their staff.”

Ms Bates, who also manages the home, said: “I am delighted to receive the Gold Award for being a healthy workplace. Our staff’s health is very important to us, and especially in this field of work, keeping our staff healthy, both physically and mentally, is vital.

“Exploring ways to reduce stress and treat our staff is also important to us. In 2014 we arranged indian head massages for those that wanted them and we also arrange counselling sessions to support our staff in the difficult work that they do.’’

The Gold Award is the highest award from Horsham District Council. The Horsham Healthy Workplace Award is open to any employer in the district and brings free help and support to build a healthy workforce.

For more information about the award or having staff health checks please contact Beverley Young at Horsham District Council on 01403 2125277 or email