The winners of the Care and Support West (CSW) Awards have been announced at a glittering ceremony at Bath Racecourse hosted by former Watchdog presenter and bowel cancer survivor Lynn Faulds-Wood. 170 representatives of the local care industry, regulatory body (CQC) and local councils attended a gala dinner for the annual presentation.
Now in their third year, the Care and Support West awards celebrate the unsung heroes of the care industry. They give care providers and their staff in the former Avon area an opportunity to honour and congratulate people who have gone the extra mile to provide excellent care to their charges. Prizes fall under nine categories:
- Best Care Home Registered Manager – Teresa Silverthorne, AbleCare
- Best Care Home Front Line Worker – Joanne King, Windmill Care
- Best Team in any care setting – Generic & Homeless Floating Support Team, Alliance Care
- Best Home Care Registered Manager – Murie England, Stepping Stones
- Best Home Care Front Line Worker – Sally Stamp, Elite Care
- Best Day Services Front Line Workers – Christine Hall and Liz Gray, Milestones Trust
- Best Supported Living Front Line Worker – Jane Smart, Manor Community
- Best Ancillary Support Worker – Deb Hicks, Windmill Care
- Outstanding Contribution to Care – Matt Nines, Homes Caring for Autism
Lynn Faulds-Wood said: “When I was on BBC Watchdog, we heard complaints about poor care, not good news stories about the wonderful people who support and care for the most vulnerable in our society. Last Saturday night (June 6) was a great event, celebrating the warm, inspiring managers and staff we are lucky to have in our lives. An uplifting evening recognising the work of great people.”
“The Care and Support West Awards are enormously well received,” says CSW Chief Executive David Smallacombe. “In an environment of negative press, rising standards and an ageing population, pressure on the care industry has never been higher. It can be all too easy to overlook the brilliant, heartfelt work that goes on day in, day out across the region.
“We established these awards to acknowledge the great work that is being done to maintain tremendously high standards with integrity and compassion.“
Murie England, winner of the Home Care Registered Home Manager award said: “I’ve never felt so much pride; reading what had been said about me by my colleagues gave me a feeling of humility.I am still pinching myself. I have a brilliant team who all pull together and support each other in good and bad times, without whom I would not be able to do my job.
“Domiciliary care receives a lot of negative press however there are a lot of excellent companies striving to provide the best possible care. The awards ceremony was a fantastic way to highlight the excellent service being provided within the community.”