Positive News for the Care SectorCare and Support West Awards Ceremony

Excellence in South West care industry celebrated in third Care and Support West Awards

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.

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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. The winners of the nine categories are below:

  • Care Home Registered Manager:  Teresa Silverthorne; AbleCare
  • Dom Care Registered Manager:  Murie England; Stepping Stones
  • Care Home Front Line Worker: Joanne King;  Windmill Care
  • Supported living Front Line Worker: Jane Smart;  Manor Community
  • Day Services Front Line Worker: Christine Hill & Liz Gray; Milestones Trust
  • Domiciliary Care Front Line Worker: Sally-Anne Stamp; Elite Care
  • Ancillary Worker: Deb Hicks; Windmill Care.
  • The Team: Generic & Homeless Floating Support Team;  Alliance Care 
  • Outstanding Contribution to Care: Matt Nines; Homes Caring for Autism.

To read the citations, Winers only Panel Finalist Notes

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 Domiciliary 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.”

Candidates for the awards are nominated by relatives, managers, colleagues, service users and professionals, such as social workers. Winners are subsequently selected by a judging panel made up of representatives from local authorities, the domiciliary care sector, the residential home sector, CQC and CSW’s main sponsor. T. . T.he award is available to all staff and managers who work in the four ex-Avon unitary authorities whether or not they are members of Care and Support West. The awards are open to direct employers, organisations and sole traders operating in the public, private or voluntary sectors, regardless of service user categories and size of organisation.