With 2015 drawing to a close, it’s time to start the search for this year’s Oomph! Instructor of the Year – a prestigious award for the most inspirational, innovative and imaginative Oomph! Instructor. Selected from hundreds of Instructors across our network - nominated by their managers - we select 2 'Instructors of the Month' each month. All of our 24 Instructors of the Month for 2015 are now invited to apply for the chance to be crowned the Oomph! Instructor of the Year 2015. The winner recieves a 1 year lounge subscription to Sky TV for the home, and a £50 cash prize for the instructor.
Last year's winner, from Queen’s Bay Lodge, was Gwen Anderson, who trumped other entries to be crowned as our most engaging and dedicated Instructor for 2014. The nominated instructors this year are:
Enormous thanks to everyone for their tremendous work this year - and good luck!
This month we'd like to thank Helen and all the team at Bramley Court and Carebase Head Office (not to mention the visiting team from Cambridge United!) for being a part of our latest video, showing the impact that Oomph! is having on the home. You can watch it here.
Throughout November Oomph! have also been hitting the road, demonstrating what we do with interactive workshops and stands at key events in the care sector. Featuring at the Health Investor Summit, NCF Managers Conference and the Care England 2015 Conference, we had the opportunity to talk about why investing in Quality of Life is so vital for care providers, and the positive impacts of effective Exercise and Activities Programmes. This view was reiterated at the Care England Conference where Key Note speaker Jane Ellison MP said that "Physical activity is a wonder drug". Meanwhile Andrea Sutcliffe took to the stage at the NCF event to stress that Outstanding homes invest in staff training and building strong cultures.
We also feature in a recent CQC report for Sandfields, a Care UK home, which makes reference to the positive impact of Oomph!:
"The home had started to implement an ‘Oomph’ programme which aimed to improve the mobility, social interaction and mental stimulation of people. The programme could be adapted to people who required individual interaction and activities. Staff had been trained to lead and facilitate this programme. We observed an ‘Oomph’ session and found there was a lot of laughter and enjoyment by people and staff. We were told that once the programme was established, the ‘Oomph’ staff would start to monitor the impact of the programme on people’s physical, social and mental well-being."
And finally, this month's newsletter featured a glowing review from Cheryl, the Home Manager at Highfields, a brighterkind home. She said:
"We have two residents who were only able to pivot transfer previously who are now walking! Although this is only about 10 steps at the moment it continues to improve every day and they do not stop smiling whilst they are doing this."
Oomph! are excited to announce the release of our third Quarterly Impact Report, providing a summary of our impact activity for July to September 2015. We have some fantastic resident stories, Instructor feedback and manager quotes, as well the important figures that demonstrate Oomph!'s impact on care settings.
Read the full report here.
Notably this quarter we have seen Oomph! Instructors give 9,500 classes amongst 131,600 attendees – helping to improve the quality of life of even more care home residents across the UK. With 38% of homes delivering at least 3 classes per week, and over 10% of homes having more than 25 residents taking part per month, we’re consistently impressed by the dedication and hard work displayed by our Instructors and training team, alongside the support of managers and wider care home staff that is absolutely integral to our work.
Our survey has likewise highlighted the impact of Oomph! on residents, with:
The report also details the story of Margaret, who has found that the extra strength she has gained in the Oomph! sessions has “opened up a new world” for her and her husband, Brian, enabling her to take up knitting once again!
And finally, featured in the Q3 Impact Report is our impact on the job satisfaction of care home staff, with 71% of Oomph! Instructors reporting a significant or very significant improvement to job satisfaction. The involvement of wider care home staff and the effect on care home culture is particularly evident in quotes from Instructors and managers – one manager explained that “Oomph! is going fabulously - it’s the best investment we’ve ever made!”.
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