Deanston House in Doune, part of Enhanced Community Healthcare Options Group (ECHO), paid tribute to its nurses with a special International Nurses Day event.

The Registered Nurses received a bouquet of flowers or a voucher to say thank you and the café was turned into a beauty salon for the afternoon.  All the staff were offered treatments, available for both male and female staff, from a visiting beauty therapist and soft drinks, fresh fruit and homemade cupcakes added to the pampering experience.  Everyone who attended also received a gift bag.

Deanston House employs 11 nurses with a mix of learning disability, mental health and adult registered nurses which enables the service to effectively meet the holistic nursing and social needs of the people it supports.  The nurse team leads the shifts to ensure service users are well supported every day and to enable them to achieve positive personal outcomes.

International Nurses Day is commemorated every year on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale and recognises the contribution nurses in the UK and around the world have made to society.

Nurses have been on the frontline throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and the event gave us an opportunity to acknowledge this, say thank you and learn more about the work nurses do and the challenges they face.

Deanston House is a care home registered to provide care to 20 adults with learning disabilities.


Colleagues paid tribute to the nursing staff at Deanston House.  Charlene, Senior Support Worker, said: “The nurses at Deanston House are fantastic and extremely supportive to both service users and the support workers. The event was fantastic and a great boost to all staff.”

Jemma said:  “Working with the nurses at Deanston House is amazing.  They are good listeners, offer guidance, inspiration and encouragement for service users and support workers. They are always there for you and I will always be grateful to them for their support.”

David Forsyth, Support Worker, said: “I find the support from the nurses and staff invaluable; everyone is eager to work together to support each other and our service users to provide the best person-centred care possible. It is for those reasons I’m very proud to be a part of the Deanston House team as a support worker.”

Staff also voiced their pleasure at the event.

Vicky Miller, Registered Nurse, said: “It was such a wonderful surprise to receive a beautiful bouquet of flowers from the management team in acknowledgement of the work of the nurses at Deanston House, then to be treated to a pamper day with beauty treatments, buffet and goody bags from the company was just lovely. In my 17 years as a qualified nurse, I have never felt as valued as I do at Deanston House. It’s so refreshing to work alongside such devoted staff that are passionate about the support, wellbeing and development of our service users.”

Joyce Tortalona, Administrator at Deanston House, said: We all had a wonderful day at Deanston House, International Nurses Event.  Although I am not a nurse all staff were made to feel very welcome to this event and it was more a thank you to all staff for their hard work,   We all worked as a team relieving members of staff from duty so that they could attend the event.  Many  members of staff who were off duty also attended.  Staff feedback that I have received has been excellent and we are all wondering when we can do it again.”

Fiona McKenna, Staff Nurse added: “What a lovely way to remind us all how much we are appreciated at Deanston House! As a nurse I’ve never felt more valued than I have felt in this job and our celebration of National Nurses Day, with beauty treatments, fresh fruit, cake and bubbly was a reminder of this.  To our management, nurses, seniors, occupational therapists, psychologists, support workers, housekeepers, kitchen staff, and maintenance at Deanston house…. thank you, for being a part of the team we have built! Our service users are lucky to have you all. What a team!!!!”


Marie Greenberry, Service Director for Deanston House, said: “As a care home with nursing we wanted to celebrate International Nurses Day and show our staff how much we value their ongoing hard work, commitment and support.

“Our service users have been kept safe and supported throughout the pandemic, which has been challenging for everyone.  The positive outcomes our service users have continued to achieve in this challenging time demonstrates the absolute dedication of the whole team, led by our wonderful nurses.”