Gracewell of Bookham’s Carer nominated for national Best Dementia Carer award

Gracewell  |  October 14, 2019

A Senior Carer, recently appointed to Team Leader for Memory Care at Gracewell of Bookham, Bartosz Plaszke, has been nominated in the Best Dementia Carer category at the National Dementia Care Awards.

The National Dementia Care Awards is a yearly event that recognises excellence in the dementia care sector. There are 16 categories at the awards which all focus on contributions that work towards making person-centred care a reality. Bartosz is a finalist in the Best Dementia Carer category which recognises care assistants who have provided quality care exemplified by their ‘dedication and sensitive handling of matters of importance to residents’.


Bartosz was commended in his nomination for his drive to improve his own knowledge and that of his fellow team members in order to deliver even better care. He has completed his NVQ 2, is pursuing his Dementia Care Level 3 and has attended a leadership development course to boost his skillset. He shares his knowledge by coaching and mentoring other team members to support their development and raise standards further.


The small things really matter to Bart. He is enthusiastic, affable and driven and is always approachable. Nothing is too much trouble; he is appreciative and kind to everyone. Bartosz is now also working with the relatives of the Bookham residents to develop a Memory Care Café style support group for relatives and care partners, providing education and raising awareness about dementia in order to support families and others to have a good visit. 


He was also recognised for the new activities and ideas he brought to Gracewell of Bookham. He recommended that team members provide hand massages when cutting the nails of residents, in order to improve the experience for residents and make it feel more than simply task-orientated. He has also enhanced the corridors of the home, adding seating to enable residents who need a rest to walk around more freely and providing a place to chat to fellow residents. Additionally, he’s introduced ‘rummage bags’ containing unknown, entertaining objects to help occupy and engage inquisitive residents.


The awards are organised by The Journal of Dementia Care and the winners will be announced on Thursday 7th November at the Doncaster Racecourse.


Jackie Pool, Director of Memory Care at Gracewell Healthcare, said:


“I am really proud to see Bartosz shortlisted for this national award – the impact he has had since joining Gracewell of Bookham has been immense and he has been relentless in his pursuit of knowledge regarding the best practice in dementia care.

“At Gracewell we have a culture of knowledge-sharing and trialling new initiatives to improve the lives of our residents with dementia, and Bartosz has been leading the way at Gracewell of Bookham. I am excited to see him continue to raise standards.”