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WSPiC Accolades 2024!

Celebrating Excellence in Care: Annual West Sussex Care Awards 2024

The Annual West Sussex Care Awards took place on the evening of 23rd May 2024, at the prestigious Long Furlong Barn in Worthing, honouring the outstanding dedication and achievements of professionals and volunteers in the care sector. The event highlighted the exceptional contributions of individuals and organisations committed to providing exemplary care services in West Sussex.

The awards ceremony, attended by over 100 guests, showcased the remarkable efforts and innovations in the care profession. The evening was a resounding success, filled with heartfelt stories, inspiring achievements, and vibrant celebrations.

The ceremony featured keynote speeches from prominent figures in the care sector including Director of Adults and Health, Alan Sinclair, who praised the extraordinary hard work and dedication of the social care workforce in West Sussex.

Winners of the Best Practice Award, Summerlands Care Team with Karen Stevens, Skills for Care

The winners and highly commended finalists were:

Ancillary Worker

Winner: Angela Kirby, Oakwood Court Care Home

Highly Commended: Adam Symonds, Ashton Care

Best Practice

Winner: Summerlands Care Home Team

Highly Commended: Nicholas Purtill, Ashtonleigh

Care Team

Winner: Independent Lives

Highly Commended: Willow Lodge

Clerical Worker

Winner: Danielle Matthews, Assist Care Group

Highly Commended: Jessica James, Oakwood Court

Care Worker

Winner: Gillian Brouder, Oakwood Court

Highly Commended: Nerijus Ivanauskas, Independent Lives

Chairs Award

Winner: Cara Pocock, Sussex Grange

International Recruitment Employers Award

Winner: Oakland Care Group

Highly Commended: Country Lodge Nursing Home

Unsung Hero

Winner: Dolores Constable, Country Lodge Nursing Home

Highly Commended: Irene Cripps, Bill House

Nurses award

Winners: Melrose Nursing Team

Highly Commended: Sreejith Nair, Ashton House

Registered Manager

Winner: Debbie Spokes, Country Lodge Nursing Home

Highly Commended: Debbie Cowdery, Amberley Lodge

Support Worker

Winner: Maggie Drew, The Apuldram Centre

Highly Commended: Chloe Page, Independent Lives

Winner of the Chairs Award, Cara Pocock, with the Sussex Grange team.

Winner of the Chairs Award, Cara Pocock, with the Sussex Grange team

West Sussex Partners in Care Chair, Rosemary Pavoni, stated, “The West Sussex Care Awards are a testament to the incredible work being done by so many individuals and organisations in our community. Their dedication and compassion is exceptional, and we are immensely proud to celebrate their achievements tonight.”

The event also included an enthusiastic surprise performance by the secret singing waiter Julian from Singers Secreto, who delighted the audience with his impressive vocals and energetic act, adding an unexpected and memorable highlight to the evening’s festivities.

The evening also recognised the hard work and dedication of West Sussex Partners in Care’s hospital-based trusted assessors, whose invaluable efforts had significantly reduced delayed or failed hospital discharges during their tenure from January 2023 to March 2024. Their commitment ensured that patients transitioned back to their care homes more swiftly and smoothly. West Sussex Partners in Care continue to advocate for the roles to be reinstated.

Attendees also bid a heartfelt farewell to two individuals who have significantly contributed to the social care community. Karen Stevens from Skills for Care is retiring after years of dedicated service, leaving behind a legacy of passion and commitment to improving care standards. They also said goodbye to Hayley Crosby, West Sussex Partners in Care Development Manager, who has played an invaluable role in the development and growth of our care association, and is stepping down to support her own family business. 

Winners of the Nursing Award, Melrose Nursing Team with Cllr Amanda Jupp

About the West Sussex Care Awards:

The West Sussex Care Awards is an annual event dedicated to recognising and celebrating excellence in the care sector. It aims to honour those who have shown outstanding commitment and have made a significant impact in the lives of those they care for. The awards are organised by West Sussex Partners in Care, a non-profit organisation that supports and advocates for high-quality care services in the region.

For more information, please contact:

Denise Smith, Development Manager

Email: [email protected]

Winner of the Registered Managers Award Debbie Spokes, with Director of Adults and Health, Alan Sinclair and Development Manager Hayley Crosby