Outstanding care workers from across the county were honoured at the Surrey Care Awards on Friday 21 November in a gala ceremony held at Epsom Downs Racecourse.
Over 370 care employers and staff celebrated this year’s awards which were presented by distinguished performer and writer Sir Richard Stilgoe OBE. Sir Richard founded the Orpheus Centre in 1997, and continues to direct courses there in music theatre and song-writing. In special recognition of his achievements in the care sector Sir Richard was also presented with an honorary award by the chairman of Surrey Care Association, Richard Williams.
Now in their sixth year, The Surrey Care Awards are the county’s ‘Oscars’ for care workers. Organised by Surrey Care Association, these Awards recognise the dedication of people working in a wide variety of jobs in adult social care including dementia care, caring for people in their own homes and caring for adults with learning disabilities. The 64 finalists for the Surrey Care Awards 2014 were nominated by their colleagues, with glowing and often very moving testimonials from service users and their families.
This year there were 16 award categories open to care providers and their staff including Dementia Care Team, Beyond the Call of Duty, Manager of the Year, Care Newcomer, Ancillary Worker, and Outstanding Contribution to Social Care. The compère for the Awards evening was BBC Surrey presenter Sylvie Blackmore.
Surrey Care Association represents the interests of over 700 independent providers of care and support services in the county. Chief Executive Erica Lockhart said,
“Our Awards judges had an exceptionally hard time choosing winners this year as so much really excellent care goes on here in Surrey. Our annual Awards celebrate the hard work and commitment of care staff who are so often unsung heroes so this is our big opportunity to shout it from the rooftops! The care sector is one of the county’s biggest employers and offers a wide range of rewarding employment opportunities from cooks and gardeners to activity workers and nurses. Our Awards are also helping raise the profile of this vital area of the Surrey economy.”
Surrey Care Awards 2014 Winners
Ancillary Worker of the Year Award sponsored by Spectrum/3663
Winner: Sue Green, the Meath Epilepsy Trust, Godalming
Beyond the Call of Duty – Care Home sponsored by Specsavers Healthcall
Winner: Julio Costa Ashcroft Care Services, Horley
Beyond the Call of Duty Care at Home sponsored by Christie and Co
Winner: Debi Parker, Ashcroft Care Services, Horley
Care Newcomer Award – Care Home sponsored by PHS Wastemanagement
Winner: Liza Smith, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation, Independent Living Services, Leatherhead.
Care Newcomer Award – Care at Home sponsored by Bluefin
Winner: Steven Robinson, The Avenues Group, Horley
Care Team of the Year award sponsored by The Meath Epilepsy Trust
Winner: Carebase – Queen Elizabeth Park Care Home, Guildford
Special Recognition: La Verna Care Team – Ladywell Convent, Godalming
Care Provider of the Year sponsored by Ashcroft Care Services
Winner: Abbeyfield Wey Valley Society, Farnham
Dementia Care Team sponsored by SmartCare
Winner : Broome Park Nursing Home, Betchworth
Frontline Leader Award sponsored by Downing Care
Winner: Monika Gmuca, Welmede Housing Association, Chertsey
Most Innovative Activity Programme involving Service users sponsored by TLC Care
Winner: Kevin Zuchowski Morrison, Care Unlimited, Redhill
Manager of the Year Care At Home sponsored by National Skills Academy Social Care
Winner: Simon du Magnee, Welmede Housing Association, Chertsey
Manager of the Year Care Home sponsored by Signature
Winner ( Older People category): Mick Daley, Broome Park Nursing Home, Betchworth
Winner ( Physical Disability Category): Julie Tugwell, Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation Independent Living Services, Leatherhead.
Involving Friends, Family and Community sponsored Carechoices and Care Management Matters
Winner: Cedar Court Care Home, Cranleigh
Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Lloyds Bank
Winner: Paul Mitchell, Transform Housing & Support, Leatherhead
Outstanding Contribution to Social Care sponsored by Lloyds Bank
Winner: David Holmes, Ashcroft Care Services, Horley
Using Technology in a Care Setting sponsored by iCareHealth
Winner: Rodwell Farm and Kettlewell House ( Graham Care Group) Addlestone and Woking)