Friday the 14th saw the very best in the Kent care sector come together to celebrate the Kent Care Awards at the to recognise caring excellence from front line workers in the care sector who work hard to improve the standard of care in the region.
This year 188 nominations were received from companies across Kent with entries judged on dedication, commitment, innovation, career development, overall reputation, and examples of caring excellence.
Of the 60 finalists congratulations now goes to the 12 category winners listed below:
Innovator Award – Alison Worsfold from Hilton Nursing Partners
Putting People First Award – Danny Hutchington Tudor Lodge, Sai Care Homes
Home Care Manager Award – Rhona McClelland from No Place Like Home
Nurse Care Award – Holly Dalton from Hilton Nursing Partners
Care Home Manager Award – Elizabeth Brown from Abbey Lodge Residential Home
Dementia Care Award – John Woodward from Sai Care Homes
Home Care Worker Award – Melanie Norris from No Place Like Home
Care Team Award – Ashcroft House part of Regal Care Homes
Care Trainer Award – Julie Berry from LDC Dover
Ancillary Worker Award – Bethanie Shepherd from Alexander House, part of the Nicholas James Care.
Care Nutrition Award – Vanessa Wright from Avondale Care
Care Home Worker Award – Erica Conway from Strode Park Foundation
Ann Taylor, Chair of KICA says: “I really have to congratulate everyone that entered. The standard was very high and judging incredibly difficult, our winners are shining stars and it was a pleasure to celebrate their success.”
Sponsored by Kent County Council the event was attended by Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Public Health, Graham Gibbens, and the newly appointed corporate director for adult social care and health, Penny Southern.
The Annual Care Awards celebrate the work carried out by carers and care companies in Kent. The awards provide a chance to reward those people who have simply delivered something awesome whilst recognising the Kent care sector as a whole showing appreciation and recognising the good work everyone does day in day out, year after year.