The awards, which took place on 5 September, promote the extraordinary work of Bluebird Care employees and highlight the opportunities for a rewarding career in the care sector.
An independent panel of judges named Joyce Morton, from North East Lincolnshire, as the Carer of the Year, while Valerie Holland from the Eastbourne franchise won Registered Manager of the Year and Katy Cresswell from Bluebird Care Slough, South Bucks & South Wycombe won Team Member of the Year.
The three national winners were chosen from 18 regional finalists, who had been shortlisted from the 19,000 Bluebird Care staff across the UK.
As part of the nominations, the judges heard about Joyce Morton’s “cheery disposition that warms the hearts of anyone she interacts with,” and Katy Cresswell was noted for her “outstanding leadership” and “exceptional, unrelenting positive attitude”. Valerie Holland’s colleagues said that she was “one of the most loyal, hardworking and trusted individuals”.
Mike Padgham, Chairman of the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) and one of the judges said: “For me, the value of homecare and the work that people do can never be over-estimated. Working round the clock, in all weathers, shows a particular, special type of dedication that is rarely seen. It was a pleasure to help judge awards that celebrate homecare and the invaluable role it plays in improving the quality of life of our oldest and most vulnerable citizens.”