The Care Home Worker Award recognises the contribution of an individual Home Care Worker who strives to improve the delivery of care in the care home sector through developing ways to enhance care.

This person must demonstrate outstanding levels of commitment to care and put the person being cared for at the heart of what they do.

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The 2023 awards will culminate in a black tie dinner for all the finalists at the Abbey Hotel in Malvern on Thursday, September 14, where the winners will be announced.

Here are your finalists:

June Lewis

JUNE Lewis works at Sanctuary Care’s Hastings Residential Care Home in Malvern. She was nominated for being an “outstandingly kind and caring person who makes a real difference”.

June dedicates so much of her free time to supporting her residents and colleagues and is constantly calling into the home on her days off, taking things in when she’s shopping and carrying out errands for her residents.

June prides herself on championing her residents to be actively involved in how Hastings is run and the support she gives to the home’s resident ambassador Edith in particular is simply phenomenal.

With June’s support and friendship, Edith plays such an active role in the home’s daily routines – running regular knitting, sugar-craft and cake decorating sessions with her fellow residents, which enriches her life by giving her such a sense of achievement and purpose.

It’s no surprise June is widely admired by her colleagues and cherished by those she looks after. Speaking of her shock at making the finals June said: “I couldn’t believe it when they told me. I’m really excited.”

Elaine Smith

ELAINE Smith has worked for Circle Healthcare for six-anda-half years, working up from Healthcare Assistant to Senior Healthcare Assistant.

She said: “I feel very privileged to have been nominated for this award by Sharon Woodfield, and extremely surprised. “Taking care of my patients and ensuring I give the best care to each individual is very important to make sure their needs are met and their journey is smooth.

“My role as a SHCA starts from admitting the patient to the Droitwich Spa Hospital, thus gaining their trust and confidence, to post-operative care, ensuring they are comfortable and discharging the patient, giving them postoperative advice; but importantly the patient knowing that the ward team are available for information so they feel comfortable on discharge.

“I am passionate about my job and strive to always give 100 per cent. We work as a team on the ward and without the colleagues I have we wouldn’t be ‘Team Awesome’ so thank you to all my amazing colleagues and a special thank you to Sharon Woodfield for nominating me for this award.”

Katrina Evans

KATRINA Evans has worked at Perry Manor Care Home for seven years, initially starting as a night time carer in 2016. She currently holds the position of Deputy Manager and has been fortunate enough to be supported with her career development.

She said: “I aspire to deliver the highest quality of care for the residents that we are fortunate enough to look after. “My greatest achievement is to be the governance lead of a CQC rated outstanding care home that is committed to drive quality forward and being shortlisted for this award is truly amazing.

“I recently was recognised by the CCG for my collaborative work in implementing an electronic system that seamlessly links community teams with the home. This nomination is a testament to the hard work and dedication the team show our residents every day.”

Perry Manor is an ‘outstanding’ rated care home in Worcester.

The dedicated team provides residential, dementia and nursing care, as well as specialist care for people with neurological conditions, and sensitive endof-life care.