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WSPiC Accolades

“West Sussex Care Accolades recognises inspirational social care workers”

Donna Whitney, receiving her highly commended Best Practice Award presented by Cllr Amanda Jupp

Compassionate and devoted individuals working in social care were celebrated at the annual ‘West Sussex Care Accolades’ on Thursday 30th March 2023.

21 finalists were invited to a celebratory evening ceremony at the Chichester Park Hotel for the awards and were entertained by local comedian James Alderson.

The finalists were welcomed by West Sussex County Council’s Jon Borthwick and recognised in speeches from the Director of Adult Services, Alan Sinclair, Councillor Amanda Jupp and Skills for Care locality manager, Karen Stevens.

This inspiring award ceremony, hosted by West Sussex Partners in Care and supported by West Sussex County Council, recognised 18 individuals and 3 care teams who were outstanding winners and finalists that have gone ‘the extra mile’ and make a significant difference to the lives of people accessing care services across the county.

Rosemary Pavoni, Chair of West Sussex Partners in Care said: “It made me so incredibly proud to read this year’s nominations. It has been wonderful to read about how staff have gone above and beyond to care for the people they support, which has helped them to lead meaningful lives with dignity, compassion and respect. The only challenging part of the accolades has been to choose the finalists as in my eyes everyone is a winner.”

Cllr Amanda Jupp, West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adults Services, said: “It was wonderful to hear so many inspirational stories about social care workers in West Sussex who are making such a positive difference to people’s lives. I’m delighted that they have received such well-deserved recognition.
“These awards celebrate the dedication and hard work of all those who look after some of our most vulnerable residents as they strive to provide the best possible care for everyone. I really hope that this will inspire others to follow in their footsteps and consider a career in care.”

The Melrose Team, winners of the Nursing Home Team award with sponsor Helen Hancorn (L) from Kardinal Independent Living

The ceremony was finished off with an uplifting singalong to Neil Diamond’s ‘Sweet Caroline’ and the video montage is now available to view on the WSPiC YouTube page here:

The winners and highly commended finalists were:

Ancillary Worker
Winner: David Challis, Dovecote
Highly Commended: Kirstyn Box and Ruud Oosterbaan, Aria Healthcare

Best Practice
Winner: Jane Knight, Independent Lives
Highly Commended: Donna Whitney, Independent Lives

Care Team
Winner: Country Lodge Nursing Home
Highly Commended: Bramshaw House

Clerical Worker
Winner: Jo Pryer, Egalite Care
Highly Commended: Sarah Day, Kardinal Healthcare Ltd

Care Worker
Winner: Joely Dighton, Mewsbrook House
Highly Commended: Sue Stanley, Wraysbury house

Chairs Award
Winners: Mr and Mrs Cullen, Hambrook Meadows

Unsung Hero
Winner: Victoria Seymour, Sussex Grange Care Home
Highly Commended: Patrizia Tyrer, Southdown Housing

Nurses award
Winners: Melrose Care Team
Highly Commended: Joseph Kallamplakal, Ashton Grange Nursing and Residential home

Registered Manager
Winner: Debbie Clark, Egalite
Highly Commended: Monika Gzara, Acre Care

Support Worker
Winner: Ashley Harvey, Kardinal Healthcare Ltd
Highly Commended: Michelle Oliver, Egalite

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