Outstanding care workers took centre stage at the West Sussex Care Accolades – the county’s care ‘Oscars’ – on Tuesday (18 October).
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.
Award recipients included people who go above and beyond in their work by planning activities for their residents and providing the best level of care possible.
West Sussex Care Accolades 2016 winners:
• Ancillary Worker Award – Abbey Cornell, Summerlands Care Home
• Best Practice Award – Martha Pusey, Aldingbourne Trust
• Care Employer Award – Corrine Wallace, Sussex Health Care
• Care Home Worker Award – Doreen Knight, Walstead Place
• Chair's Award – Donna Brodrick, Kardinal Healthcare
• Dementia Care Award – Sarah Beaney, Amberley Lodge Care Home
• End of Life Award – Julia Williams, Melrose Care Home
• Home Care Worker Award – Debbie Stevens, Home Instead Senior Care
• Registered Manager Award – Gillian Wicks, Inter County Care Services
• Unsung Hero Award – Gemma Wetherill, Egalite Care
Winners received a trophy and shopping vouchers. The awards were held at Arundel Wetland Centre.
The awards, now in their seventh year, are organised by West Sussex Partners in Care and are supported by West Sussex County Council.
The ten winners were all nominated by their colleagues, with glowing and often moving testimonials from service users and their families.
Peter Catchpole, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults Social Care and Health, said: “It has been a privilege to hear the outstanding stories of care in our county. Our care workers really are heroes. These awards showcase great care. I hope these stories will inspire others to think about a career in care.
“I was humbled by the passion of all the care workers, and again would like to thank them for their hard work.”
Chairman of West Sussex Partners in Care, Rosemary Pavoni, said: “The standard of entries this year was so high, again. It was a really tough job to decide the winners, as every single one of them was worthy of recognition and praise.”