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Crowning glory for Church Farm Care at industry awards

Crowning glory for Church Farm Care at industry awards

A Nottinghamshire based care group is celebrating after employees scooped two awards in the East Midlands regional heat of the Great British Care Awards 2021.

Dementia and nursing care specialists, Church Farm Care - which operates four homes across the county - had finalists in several categories at the awards, held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, with two going on to be crowned winners.

The purpose of the awards, which are a celebration of excellence across the care sector, is to pay tribute to the individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence in their field of work. A series of regional heats are held throughout the UK, with winners then progressing to the national round in Birmingham in September.

Liz Norton was recognised for her work as the former training learning and development manager at Church Farm Care to win the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award’. This special accolade was presented to the individual whom the judges believed had made a long-term and exceptional contribution to social care.

Now a training consultant for Church Farm, She said:

“I am thrilled to have been chosen for this award. I feel I have always had a calling to work with older people, one of my proudest achievements has been gaining a Health and Social Care degree in my 40s and then going on to become a registered nurse. Clinching such a prestigious title in these awards is an honour.”

Meanwhile, Sam McCormack, house leader at Skylarks care home in West Bridgford, was presented with the ‘Care Home Frontline Leader Award’, after striving for excellence - both in her team and for the lives of family members.

She said:

“Being part of the team since the very beginning makes Skylarks all the more special to me. I worked my way up from a part time care assistant to a house leader, which comes with a great deal of responsibility. Receiving this award is such a privilege and I plan to continue to empower all of our family members during their time with us.”

In addition to the two winners, there were five runners up from Church Farm Care who were highlighted for the dedication they show in their respective roles.

Holly Cardwell, who has worked at Field House in Radcliffe-on-Trent for the past six years, was a runner up in the ‘Care Home Frontline Leader’ category and was also given a special mention by the judges for her commitment. She said:

“My role has multiple responsibilities that I take great pride in, especially educating and guiding staff to reach their potential. But what I find most fulfilling of all is making a difference through end-of-life care."

Jayne Douglas, care assistant at Skylarks, was a runner up for the ‘Care Home Worker Award’ and was commended for her kind-hearted nature since starting in 2018. She said:

“I love nothing more than spending time with our family members, holding their hand and putting a smile on their faces. I’m so pleased for all the winners, it’s great to recognise the significant role carers play when it comes to providing high-quality support.”

Runner up in the ‘Care Home Newcomer Award’ was Michael Roche, former care assistant at Field House. He said:

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunities I have been given with Church Farm Care and have really enjoyed progressing in my role. Showing empathy towards our family members when they’re nearing the end of their life makes me very proud to do my role." 

Jack Titterton, care home manager at Church Farm in Cotgrave, was a runner up in the ‘Care Home Registered Manager Award’. He said:

“I absolutely love this role and our wonderful home. I am privileged to be able to lead the team and work to achieve the best outcomes for everybody we support and I’d like to congratulate all of the fantastic team members who were runners up and winners in these awards.”

Angela Lewin, activities organiser at Field House with 36 years’ experience, was a runner up in the ‘Care Home Activity Organiser Award’. She said:

“When I lost my husband, I joined the team at Field house and that’s when my new life started. I call it my second home as I love to be there and I love my job, providing exciting events and activities to ensure our family members keep up with their hobbies is incredibly rewarding. It gives me a great sense of pride to be a runner up for this award."

Patrick Atkinson, director of Church Farm Care, said:

“I am thrilled to see so many of our fantastic colleagues being recognised for their outstanding commitment, not just to the people who live with us, but to their fellow co-workers as well.

“I am so proud of Liz and Sam, who are so deserving of their awards and I wish them all the best in the national round in September. And I’d also like to say a huge well done to our five fantastic runners-up, who continue to put our family members at the heart of everything they do.”

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Picture: The Church Farm Care Team

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