Top accolade as care home manager wins gold nursing award

A Trafford care home manager has been recognised by England’s top NHS nurse as part of this year’s Chief Nursing Officer Awards – the first time a nurse in a care home setting has been recognised in the awards.

Registered nurse Martyn Davies, 36, who owns and manages Urmston Manor Residential Home, was given a ‘gold award’ after a glowing recommendation from health and social care leaders at NHS Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Trafford Council.

He was nominated for his tireless and dedicated work for care and residential home residents at Urmston Manor. Martyn has worked across the care home sector in Trafford, taking Faversham House, also in Urmston, to ‘outstanding’ status and transformed Urmston Manor from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ in just 12 months.

Jacquie Coulton, chief nurse at NHS Trafford CCG, said:

“What a pleasure it was to nominate Martyn and such great news that he has been successful.

“His innovative, respectful and compassionate approach to how he manages his home is inspirational and is how we would wish all care homes to operate. Along with his team, Martyn moved into Urmston Manor at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown in order to shield the residents.

“Within his home he has trained all his support workers to carry out basic nursing tasks and never has to use agency staff because his staff will cover each other if required.

“Martyn is without doubt a role model for all care home nurses, he demonstrates care, compassion, courage, competency, communication and commitment, and I am humbled to call him a colleague. Martyn is keen to support our vision of removing the barrier of marginalisation of care home nurses so that they feel as valued as our community and acute nursing colleagues.”

His consistently innovative approach belies the fact he moved to Manchester at age 16 with no qualifications to begin his nursing career.

He said:

“To say that I am honoured and humbled to receive this is an understatement. I hope this award highlights to community nurses that their contributions to the profession are valid, valued and recognised.

“Over the years I have had the pleasure of working with so many skilled and talented nurses and other health and social care workers that have helped my development into the nurse that I want to be. To all those people, thank you for everything you have and continue to do.”

Councillor Joanne Harding, executive member for adult social care at Trafford Council, said:

“Martyn is a credit to the nursing and residential provision across Trafford. He has shown amazing leadership and care for his residents and their families at such a difficult time.”

Martyn was presented with his certificate by Ruth May virtually during an online meeting on Friday 18 December and has also been sent a badge marking his achievement by post.

Mrs May, chief nursing officer for NHS England, said:

“Martyn has done amazing things even before Covid-19, including transforming Urmston Manor from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’ and he did it with the people he serves and the staff who support him.

“What I am most impressed by is Martyn's nursing leadership which has ensured the residents in his care have the most wonderful experience in their home.

“He’s lived in the home since March which has helped ensure none of his residents have caught Covid-19.”

Posted on Tuesday 22nd December 2020