A WEST FIFE care home has picked up two accolades in the Scottish Care Awards.

Bandrum Nursing Home was first in both the Training and Development and the Positive Impact categories and also finished third in the Palliative and End-of-Life Care section.

In winning the training and development award, its management team was recognised as one of the leading care home teams in Scotland.

The honour acknowledges the importance of continuous training and learning within care home services.

Victoria Barter-Wilson, HR manager at Bandrum, said the team was delighted to be recognised.

"The past year has been difficult for everyone but it has been especially difficult for our care homes as the COVID-19 virus has presented a particular threat to the lives of residents and staff in care homes for adults," she said.

"Yet, throughout this time, the dedication and professionalism of staff in supporting residents, families and each other has been exceptional.

"The Care Home Awards was therefore an important opportunity to recognise best practice and all the excellent work within the care home sector.

"It was an opportunity to say thank you and express our gratitude to all the individuals who make up the care home workforce."

Bandrum's managing director, Rachel Payne, won the Positive Impact Award, which recognises people who have made a significant and sustained contribution to the care home sector.

She said she was "very surprised but thrilled and honoured" to win.

"I’m really proud of the team. These awards are a testimony to each and every member of staff here at Bandrum and I am personally humbled to have my work appreciated with the Positive Impact Award," she said.

"We do what we do because we care and we will continue to do all we can to improve the lives of those we look after. To receive such recognition over the last year is a fantastic achievement.”

Rachel had been nominated by Ms Barter-Wilson in recognition of her 23-plus years of dedication to the Bandrum family.

"The biggest testament to her success is how greatly she is appreciated and respected by all who have the pleasure to work with her," she said.

"Rachel is always seen as confident, empathetic, energetic, capable and kind. She leads bravely by example. She has helped to make Bandrum market leaders in innovation throughout the sector."