Staff welcomed a new service manager with over 20 years’ care experience to Sycamore Lodge with a party.

Barry O’Driscoll, who previously worked in inpatient psychiatric services, joined his colleagues for a celebration on 7 December.

He said: “I am passionate about delivering high quality consistent care to our residents and will be working closely with the team to ensure Sycamore Lodge is a service that all staff are proud of, and all our residents and carers have the best experience possible. It’s a privilege to provide care to others, especially those residents that require support in old age.”

Also enjoying the celebrations were Russell Brown, CEO of Shaw healthcare – who operate the home – and chief operating officer Mike Smith, who thanked staff personally for their commitment throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. They were joined by two members from North Somerset Council – Emma Halford-Snook and Niki Askins.

All members of staff were awarded with certificates and chocolates, including several staff members who were recognised for their long service.

Eight members of staff were given long service awards - celebrating 82 years between them. The longest serving member of staff is Barbara Bessell, a support worker, who has worked at the home since it opened in 2008, and previously at Sycamore House, totaling 27 years.

She said: “I am so grateful to have received this award – it has been a privilege to work at Sycamore Lodge for the last 27 years, and I look forward to many more. I must thank all the people I have worked with, as I couldn’t have done it without their support, especially during the last two years.”

Sycamore Lodge is situated in Nailsea, North Somerset and provides residential care for up to 78 residents, including those with dementia.