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Starr Hills care home manager Annette Williams and activity co-ordinator Camille Cutler were some of the guests of honour when Lancashire County Council held a celebration lunch to mark the ‘outstanding’ care services in the county.

Starr Hills was rated as ‘outstanding’ by independent regulator the Care Quality Commission, thanks to the hard work of Annette and the team which cares for 36 older people in Lytham St Annes.

The Chair of Lancashire County Council, Cllr Anne Cheetham OBE JP, congratulated all the services for their hard work and achievements, making special mention that without an outstanding manager, it would be impossible to gain an outstanding inspection report. She followed by saying how important it was to give recognition to the services who had worked so hard to achieve such an accolade as they had personal experience of working alongside CQC over a period of a week, and recognised just how difficult it was to gain that rating.

Annette said after the event: “We came away from there feeling very special and appreciated, and we were also given the opportunity to network and I have many ideas to take back to Starr Hills to continuously improve our service, we never stand still! It was such an amazing day, with lovely people and inspiring service providers that were dedicated to continue improving provision for the residents of Lancashire.”

Camille added: “It was marvellous to meet other services, and create links that we can use to bring the community into Starr Hills, and lovely to be recognised for the fantastic home that it is.”

The home was presented with a floral display for them to take back for residents to enjoy.

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