Fantastic care workers took centre stage at the West Sussex Care Accolades - the county’s care ‘Oscars’ - on Thursday.
The awards recognise the hard work and dedication of people working in a wide variety of jobs in adult social care including dementia care and caring for people in their own homes.
Among those who scooped awards was Nada Wakeford, who works at The Shelley care home in Worthing and won the Registered Manager Award. Nada was described by one of the home’s residents as “listening, crying and laughing along with the residents”. The resident said: “We all get good vibes from Nada and she makes us love living at the home.”
Helen Wheeler of Melrose Care Home in Worthing scooped the Chair’s Award and was described as “bringing joy to the residents and staff” of the home.
Other winners included Barbara Fletcher of Oak Lodge Nursing Home in Burgess Hill who won the Unsung Hero Award and was described as an “inspiration”.
West Sussex Care Accolades 2015 winners:
- Care Home Worker - Abbie Andrews of Hambrook Care near Chichester;
- Domiciliary Care Worker - Donna Sutherland of Egalite care in Worthing and Dot Walker of Sussex Grange Home Care in Selsey;
- Registered Manager - Nada Wakeford of The Shelley care home in Worthing;
- Dementia Care - Kathy Greenfield of Ferndale residential care in Southbourne;
- Ancillary Worker - Bridget Flynn of Oak Lodge Nursing Home in Burgess Hill;
- Care Employer Award - Melrose Care Home in Worthing;
- End of Life Care Award – Liz Seymour of Melrose Care Home in Worthing;
- Unsung Hero Award - Barbara Fletcher of Oak Lodge Nursing Home in Burgess Hill;
- Best Practice Award - Anne Price from the Aldingbourne Trust in Aldingbourne;
- Chair's Award - Helen Wheeler of Melrose Care Home in Worthing.
The awards, now in their sixth year, are organised by West Sussex Partners in Care and are supported by West Sussex County Council. The awards ceremony was held at Arundel Wetland Centre.
The award ceremony coincided with West Sussex Care Month. Throughout October the County Council is raising awareness about care and support available in the county.
Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults Social Care and Health, said: “It was a privilege to meet care workers at the awards. It is really important to recognise great care. I am sure I speak on behalf of the county when I say to all care workers that the role they do is hugely appreciated by all of us.”
Chairman of West Sussex Partners in Care, Rosemary Pavoni, said: “Once again we had a tough job as the standard of entries was so high. In fact we had two winners in one of the categories! Congratulations to everyone who won and was nominated.”
Photo caption: Winners and runners up of the 2015 West Sussex Care Accolades with Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults Social Care and Health and Chairman of West Sussex Partners in Care, Rosemary Pavoni.