National winners of the Great British Care Home Awards announced

The Great British Care Home Awards, hosted by Care England and sponsored by Specsavers Healthcall, has fifteen categories, which represent all areas of the care sector, whether it be care workers and managers or people who have made an impact in other ways such as training, and specialist care in areas such as dementia.

Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England said: 'Social care work is one of the most difficult, and at the same time, one of the most spiritually rewarding careers. People who work in social care, make a huge difference to the lives of the people they work with, and are some of society's unsung heroes.

The Great British Care Awards looks to redress the lack of recognition that  people who work in social care receive, and is recognising and rewarding the very best in the social care workforce,  giving them praise and respect for the transformational work that they do every day.'

Specsavers Healthcall director, Jayne Rawlinson said, 'Care workers often work long unsociable hours caring for some of the most vulnerable people in our society and often this goes unrecognised. The Great British Care Awards are so important because they give us a chance to celebrate these workers and recognise the huge impact they have on the lives of the people they care for.'

The Judges highlights were:

Unpaid Carer - Marion Hill - Nottingham

'At 85 Marion Hill is an outstanding example of someone who genuinely cares, not only for her son who has learning disabilities but the residents within the home where he lives. After 42 years of taking care of her son at home, Mrs Hill now travels to the home every day and has made a great impact on everyone there.'

Outstanding Contribution to Social Care  - Jan Flaw - PJ Care - Peterborough

'During the 1990s Jan saw young dementia sufferers being seriously let down by having to live in inappropriate care homes for the elderly.  In response Jan built a specialist neurological care centre in Milton Keynes for adults aged 18 to 65. Jan’s vision was to provide an environment that enables individuals to live comfortably and safely, allowing them to live life to the full, without excessive medication or sedation. She adopted a holistic approach, ensuring that the individual, as well as their family and loved ones are all cared for. Jan was one of the first users of a multi-disciplinary in this approach -  a model of care which has been widely adopted by other care providers today.

Today PJ Care employs around 450 people caring for 180 residents and a total of 100 jobs were created in 2013. Jan has instilled her values of care, compassion and commitment in the people she works with. Highly respected among her peers and colleagues, Jan has mentored countless nurses and medical specialists, many of whom are now in senior positions and successful in their own career path in the specialist neurological sector.'

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