After a challenging year in specialist care provision, the celebrations at this year’s Independent Specialist Care Awards provided an excellent opportunity to focus on some of the good work that is done relentlessly by many thousands of people in the support of the country’s most vulnerable care service users.
Hosted by healthcare intelligence provider Laing & Buisson, the event was opened by Assistant Director of business development at Mencap, Steve McIlvenny, who stressed the importance of ‘cutting through the noise’ of bad news coverage in order to make the many thousands of excellent carers know that they are respected. His address was swiftly followed by a heartfelt speech by Mencap service user Matthew Fowler who explained how the charity’s Inspire Me programme had given him the tools to change his future.
There were a record number of nominations for the 15 categories at this year’s ISCAs, with the addition of a brand new 16th category in the shape of the Laing & Buisson Award for Service Excellence. As in previous years the board of judges combined the great and the good of the care sector with The King’s Fund Richard Humphries, National Autistic Society chief executive Mark Lever, Association of Directors of Social Services president Sarah Pickup, red tape champion of the Care Providers Alliance (and former CQC head) Dame Denise Platt, head of the English Community Care Association (ECCA) Martin Green and the Department of Health’s deputy director for social care and partnerships Ian Winter.
Presenting the awards at the ISCA gala dinner was comedian and former GP Paul Sinha “The Chaser” who entertained finalists and their guests with tales from both sides of the doctor’s desk and his time on the popular ITV teatime show “The Chase”.
Finalists in the 2013 awards represented the best providers in a range of specialisms from homecare, supported living and brain rehabilitation to training, legal services and investment. Home Instead Senior Care had finalists in "Entrepreneur "(Sam & Trevor Brocklebank) and "Home Care " categories (Gail Godson, West Lancashire & Chorley and Paul Taylor, Wandsworth & Lambeth).
Commenting on the awards, Gail Godson went on to say “Our focus is upon recruiting, training and developing the best possible care staff who share the same quality ethos and commitment to deliver high quality care services, we are so proud of all our wonderful CAREGivers, and this recognition is for them”.
Home Instead CAREGivers trained in our Alzheimer's CARE programme, have the passion, desire and recognised skills to work with our clients with Alzheimer's or other dementias. Our CAREGivers understand the struggles and challenges that accompany caring for a loved one and will provide a service that also supports the family members. Our world class training, which is fully accredited by City & Guilds, is the only one of its kind in the UK.
Later in the year, Home Instead will be delivering FREE Family Education Workshop(s) for those caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Training will consist of four specialist modules and is free for anyone in the local community to attend. Joining details will be made available and published nearer the time.