This year’s national winners of the Barchester Care Awards, an annual event celebrating staff excellence across the company, were announced at an awards luncheon held at the Midlands Hotel in Manchester on 30th September.
Everyone enjoyed a three-course lunch while the winners of the 17 categories (and two surprise categories) were read out and congratulated.
Celebrity gardener, Charlie Dimmock joined Barchester’s CEO Dr Pete Calveley on stage to host the gardening section of the awards – Barchester in Bloom. She also delivered a talk about the importance of gardens and the difference they can make to individuals living in care homes.
Over 1,000 nominations were received this year. The winners were voted for by residents’ relatives, volunteers, healthcare professionals and Barchester staff.
This year’s winners are:
Home Trainer of the Year – Kathryn Billet, South View Care Home in Billingham
Apprentice/Learner of the Year – Julie Wright, Drummond Grange in Lasswade
Home Administrator Champion – Sally Matthews, Juniper House in Brackley
Maintenance Champion of the Year – James Richardson, Strachan House in Edinburgh
Housekeeper of the Year – Julie Hewitt Redden, Appletree Grange in Birtley
Golden Broom Winner – Barbara Dunn, Rhiwlas in Flint
Chef of the Year – Ahmet Akkur, Drummond Grange in Lasswade
Foundation Champion – Michael Butler, Hollyfields in Kidderminster
Volunteer of the Year – Desmond Knight, Harton Grange in South Shields
Activities Co-ordinator of the Year – Richard Sweeting, Highfield in Tadcaster
Diverse Services Champion – Jayne Satterley, Awel-Y-Mor in Swansea
Memory Lane Champion – Fatima Buxton, Highfield in Tadcaster
Nurse of the Year – Giovanni Toscano, Chacombe Park in Banbury
Senior Nurse of the Year – Setty Monyebudi, Tandridge Heights in Oxted
Carer of the Year – Neil Vernon, South Grange in Monifieth
Barchester in Bloom competition winners:
Community Garden Award – Fordmill in Montrose
Most Improved Garden – Winchester House in Rochester
Most Innovative Garden – Hugh Myddelton House in Southgate
Garden of the Year 2015 – Hunters Care Centre in Cirencester
To find out more about the Barchester Care Awards 2015, please click here to see the gallery of winners.