Within the space of just six days, Home Instead West Lancashire & Chorley has been recognised in two prestigious award ceremonies for the quality of their care staff and their specialist care services. Firstly, Lancashire County Council (LCC) held a Provider Celebration event at the Gujarat Centre in Preston on March 7th; the LCC 2014 Care Awards were aptly called Lancashire’s Got Talent! This was followed by Laing and Buisson with their National 2014 Independent Specialist Care Awards which were announced at a gala dinner in London on 12th March, hosted by TV presenter and former politician Michael Portillo.
Home Instead were commended in the local LCC care awards category ‘Wellbeing and Prevention ‘. Preventing the need for health and social care support is becoming an increasingly important strategy as people live longer, services are stretched, and budgets are facing reductions. Part of this strategy involves maximising the wellbeing of local citizens so that they can live independent and satisfying lives without needing to access potentially avoidable health and social care services. Home Instead’s award submission demonstrated how they have improved the wellbeing of individuals accessing their care services, and also where specialist in house staff training and high quality care services have contributed to preventing the need for more intensive health and/or social care support.
Down in London, the Independent Specialist Care Awards 2014 celebrated outstanding innovators and performers across the UK Specialist Care sector. Each of the categories was judged by an independent panel of judges who were looking for individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to healthcare during the past year. This glittering event saw Home Instead West Lancashire and Chorley shortlisted as finalists in these prestigious national awards which contained a broad range of specialisms including special education, early intervention and prevention, autistic spectrum services, investment and entrepreneurism.
Gail Godson Director of Home Instead goes on to say ‘ Our clear focus is on providing a high quality care service that is person centred and meets the client’s actual needs, rather than the historical and outdated model of a "task driven and very time restricted “service. This refreshing approach to providing high quality care in the local community is reflected throughout everything we do and we were delighted that our care staff and our high quality care services have been recognised at these prestigious events'
The care sector often hits the headlines for all the wrong reasons, with the LCC Awards Lancashire’s Got Tallent ! and The Independent Specialist Care Awards 2014 it gives a welcome opportunity to shine a light on all the good work in the local community and the innovative thinking across the country that has helped drive up service and quality standards in the local and national health and social care sectors.