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Pendle nursing home manager’s delight at being shortlisted for Transformational Women Award

A nursing home manager inspired by her mother tells of her delight at being shortlisted for a prestigious women’s award. Meena Patel, who has been manager at St Andrews House Nursing Home in Barnoldswick since September 2017, was nominated for the 2018 Inspire Transformational Women Award at the 2018 Inspire Women Awards held recently in Bolton.

Speaking of her delight she said: “I was extremely honoured and humbled to be nominated to be a finalist in the Transformational Women Award on behalf of Inspire Women Award’s - Celebrating Women 2018. I am earnestly grateful for the recognition I have received for my work, but also to be selected with a high level of inspirational women in this category

“My inspiration has always been my mother who has taught me to be the woman I wish to be and will continue her principle of love and care even in the face of adversity

The special 2018 Inspire Award is reserved for a woman who inspires others because she has defied the odds to overcome significant personal challenge and risen above her problems while embracing her past, present and future.

The nomination for Meena was submitted by her employers Dr Paul Miller and his wife Ann who Meena also credits thanks to. She said: “I would also like to thank Dr Paul Miller and Ann Miller owners of St. Andrews House Nursing Home, Barnoldswick who nominated me to be a finalist.

“Dr Miller and Ann are inspirations in their own right, who have provided a very unique home for adults with complex nursing and disabilities needs for the last 30 years. It’s a home that supports and enables people to live independently beyond the stereotypes of disability; a home where all the staff provide a loving home and everyone is part of the family. The staff who are extremely dedicated provide quality care, love and compassion for each and every one of the residents at St Andrews.”

Ann Miller, Company Secretary and Director at St Andrews House Nursing Home, said: “Meena always thinks about others first. Paul and I are very proud of Meena leading the ship at St Andrews House Nursing Home and the turnaround she has made in the home to which has led to improvements in all areas at the home.”

Dr Miller added: “We are extremely proud of Meena and so thankful that we encountered her. The enormous achievements she has under her belt have not only been gathered over the years but have really shone in the last 7 months since she joined St Andrew’s House.”

Meena is currently undergoing the Return to Nursing Course at The University of Lancashire and is placed for her final training at Burnley General. She hopes to get her PIN back in about three months’ time, after relinquishing it some years back to concentrate on management.