Shropshire Care Awards
PUBLISHED: 00:16 22 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:27 20 February 2013
Actor James Sutton, Shropshire's homegrown star of Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, was the special guest at the annual Shropshire Care Awards, supported for the first time this year by Shropshire Life
Team of the Year
This award went to The Uplands at Oxon, described as an exemplary team that has developed over the past yearunder excellent leadership.
Fairholme and Darwin Place were also commended.
Actor James Sutton, Shropshires homegrown star of Emmerdale and Hollyoaks, was the special guest at the annual Shropshire Care Awards, supported for the first time this year by Shropshire Life.
The event, organised by Shropshire Partners in Care, celebrates the best practice and high achievements of individuals, teams and providers responsible for looking after thousands of older and vulnerable people in the county.
Debbie Price, chief executive of Shropshire Partners in Care, said it had been the most successful event yet with an unprecedented number of entries from organisations wanting to celebrate the skills, dedication and enthusiasm that the care workforce delivers every day to the most vulnerable across Shropshire Telford & Wrekin. They had faced a year of severe financial pressures due to Central Government policies and externally imposed Local Authority austerity measures, she said.
"Care Providers work hard to maintain a quality service and support and train a workforce that is close to 9,000 across the two authorities. I am proud to be associated with them."
Care Business of the Year
The biggest winners of the night were English Care, a family-based business run by husband-and-wife Jennifer and David English, which has built a reputation for outstanding quality of came and is regarded highly by service users and local and national organisations. The multi-award winning firm now operates two homes in Shropshire and has an excellent rating from the Care Quality Commission.
The couple said they were absolutely thrilled to win the award, which has come at the end of a challenging year.
In the past year we have doubled in size by taking over Lady Forester Home in Much Wenlock, which was facing closure, said David. We are delighted the quality of care and the friendly, homely ethos of our homes is recognised, particularly as we were up against much bigger organisations in the county. We get huge support from families and we are so proud to have won this award.
Coverage Care and The Rylands Care were runners-up.
Small Care Business of the Year
Hendra House took the award for small care business of the year (fewer than 50 employees). The home was the only Heath and Social Care company voted in the prestigious 100 Employers in the UK list for 2011. The nomination said: The standard of care reflects the massive investment made in recruiting and developing staff to fulfil their potential. A positive attitude and value based approached is evident as soon as you walk through the door.
We Are The Care Ltd and Doddington Lodge were commended.
Carer of the Year (Residential and Nursing Care)
Jackie Hodson from Morris Care took the award for Carer of the Year, Residential & Nursing Care. She was described as an exceptional role model who recently achieved her Hydrotherapy Awareness qualification to supports residents to go swimming. Also commended were Robert Platt from Morris Care, and Deborah Peach from English Care.
Carer of the year (Domiciliary Care)
Jane Morgan from Bluebird Care (Shropshire) was described as passionate about delivering excellent care and receptive to peoples needs: nothing is too much trouble. Also commended were Jenny Hammond from We Are The Care Company, and Lucy Butcher from Allcare Shropshire Ltd.
Carer of the Year (Dementia Care)
Winner was Lucille Oliver from Doddington Lodge. She was praised for working closely with families, for encouraging a stimulating environment and for her ability to inspire learning and development by example. Darran Bolas from Coverage Care Services and Diana Nichols from Morris Care were also commended.
Support Worker of the Year (Learning Disability, Acquired Brain Injury or Mental Health)
Tracy Fong, from Adelphi Care Ltd, won the award. Other finalists were Michelle Crawford from We Are The Care Company and Christine Humphreys from Coverage Care.
Nurse of the Year
Diana Wall from Coverage Care. She is dynamic and inspirational in her approach to nurse led care and adapts to the changing needs of a diverse client group, said her nomination. Also praised were Hilda Mudau from Morris Care and Sally Gardner from Morris Care.
Learner of the Year
Lorna Workman from Hendra Healthcare, who at the age of 59 has commenced an adult apprenticeship, has been nationally recognised as an exemplar apprentice and carer and acts as a role model for potential mature entrants to the care sector. Julie Williams from Care at Home and Hayley Robinson from The Rylands Nursing and Residential Home were also shortlisted.
Employee of year (Ancillary Support)
The award went to Margaret Turner from Doddington Lodge, whose passion, drive and motivation provides residents with endless activities. Also commended were Emma Cheshire from Ottley House and Alison Hearle from Morris Care.
Jasmin Lloyd Gwilliam, from Allcare Shropshire Ltd, picked up this special award. She joined the care profession as a very shy and uncertain 18 year old and is now willing and able to take the lead in devising new care packages, said her nomination. She also copes with palliative care in an extremely caring and mature way. Also commended were Darran Bolas from Coverage Care Services and Anne Dunn from Field House.
Registered Manager Award
Michelle Hipkins from Lady Forester Nursing Home, now owned by English Care. was praised for being a truly inspiriational leader to a team which was at one point at risk of losing their jobs due to closure. Michelle continued her duties seamlessly and coped well when a new employer took over the home, with all the challenges this entails. She has acted as a linchpin holding a team together and providing encouragement and boosting morale.
Other finalists were Carolyn Farmer from Ottley House and Denise Candy Williams from We Are The Care Company.
Health & Wellbeing
Morris Care was rewarded for placing extraordinary emphasis on the wellbeing of its residents, through both quality nursing care and innovative, stimulating activities. There is a dedicated hairdressing salon, regular pampering days, and extensive vegetable and herb gardens, where residents can grow produce to be used in the kitchens. Coton Hill and Condover College were also commended.
Morris Care was praised for its work hosting regular restaurant evenings for residents and their families, where they enjoy fresh, gourmet style dining. The company has been awarded the platinum healthy eating awards from Shropshire County Council.
Doddington Lodge and Lady Forrester Nursing Home were also finalists.
Infection prevention and control
The award went to Lightmoor View. Also commended were Morris Care and Allcare Shropshire Ltd.
All award recipients were given a trophy and certificate by guest of honour James Sutton. See next months Shropshire Life for a full interview with James about his Shropshire life and times.