After 18 months of sheer exhaustion and stress on the social care sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Friday the 17th September was the day Kent care workers could kick back and enjoy an awards party just for them at the Kent Care Awards.
The much anticipated Kent Care Awards made its return to a glittering black tie event at the Great Danes Hotel, Maidstone, where over 400 social care workers from across the county of Kent came together to celebrate the amazing acheivements of the past year.
Making this event even more special, winners from the virtual Kent Care Awards 2020 were in attendance to present awards to this year’s winners.
Congratulations go to the 21 category winners who were:
Innovation Award went to Abigail Draper, and Specialist Care Award went to Abbi Ramsden from RCH Care Homes.
Dementia Champion Award went to Kay Francis from Bluebird Care Maidstone.
Care Team LD/MH went to Brompton House, Kent Autistic Trust.
Care Team Older People Award went to The Old Rectory Care Home, Old Rectory Care Ltd.
Workforce award went to Alison Fengas from East Kent Mencap.
Putting People First Award went to Elaine Thompson from Community Lifeline. .
Residential Registered Manager Award went to Sarah Pennington from Belmont Healthcare.
Community Care Registered Manager Award went to Kerry Lavellin and Community Homecare Champion Award went to Fawzi Ajamie from Bluebird Care Gravesham & Dartford.
Residential Champion Award went to Jade Hogg from Alpine Care Home.
Nutrition Award went to Katie Dent, Ancillary Frontline Award went to Romel Canilias, and Care Newcomer Award went to Ashleigh Lamberton Coll from The Westgate Care Centre.
Ancillary Back Office Award went to Jaden Osborne from Hilton Nursing Partners.
PBS Champion Award went to Chetna Satra from Optimal Living.
Frontline Leader Award went to Karen Hollow from Sense.
Palliative Care Award went to Helena Tugwell from Bluebird Care Tonbridge & Malling.
Supported Living Registered Manager Award went to Jessie Smisson and Supported Living Champion Award went to Robert Reynolds from LDC Care.
Apprenticeship Award went to Ashleigh Smith from Spadework.
And finally, the Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award went to Andrew Saunders from Meritum Integrated Care.
Ann Taylor Chair of KiCA and organisers of the Kent Care Awards, had this to say: “Who would have thought the social care sector would have faced the past 18 months that it has. And even though it seems like light is at the end of the tunnel, we all know we are now dealing with a very different care future. This makes these awards all the more important. To be able to come together, celebrate, and recognise the unfaltering work of individuals who have simply gone above and beyond, sometimes at the sacrifice of their own family’s, to care. I’m just so priveleged to be part of it and very proud of every single person who makes the care sector what it is.”
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. All winners of the awards will automatically be entered in the nominations for the Great British Care Awards South East.