Somerset Care is pleased to announce Vicki Mitchell as the winner of 2016’s ‘Harry Patch Outstanding Manager Award’. The presentation was made at the annual Christmas Managers’ Meeting, which was held at Somerset County Cricket Ground on 6th December.
Vicki Mitchell, who joined Somerset Care in 2004, works as Manager at Frith House, a care home in Burnham-on-Sea that provides residential and specialist dementia care and support. Alongside her role managing Frith House, Vicki has been part of many working groups and projects, including; Somerset Care’s dementia steering group, care plan group and the activities co-ordinators’ forums. As well as supporting her own staff, Vicki has also supported other care homes within Somerset Care, including care homes on the Isle of Wight.
The Harry Patch Outstanding Manager Award was first present in 2009, following the passing of the last Tommy who spent his final years at Fletcher House, Somerset Care’s home in Wells. This award requires nominations from senior management and is awarded to a manager within Somerset Care who has excelled beyond their duties.
Speaking on her achievement, Vicki Mitchell said: “I am so overwhelmed and deeply touched to have been presented with the Harry Patch Award. Never have I had my name on a plaque before; I feel incredibly honoured and privileged.”
Julie Cullis, Assistant Director of Residential services, acknowledged Vicki for her award: “Vicki has proved herself to be a dedicated manager who demonstrates high expertise in managing Frith House to the benefit of both the residents and staff. Vicki’s reputation as an excellent manager is well-established within the company. Her depth of understanding and experience, coupled with a compassionate, common sense approach, is a real asset.”