Care workers from Corby and Kettering earn national recognition

Carrie-Ann Collins, 33, a team leader at Sandalwood Court in Corby, was presented with the Care Leadership Award at Shaw healthcare's annual Shaw Star Awards
Carrie-Ann Collins, 33, a team leader at Sandalwood Court in Corby, was presented with the Care Leadership Award at Shaw healthcare's annual Shaw Star Awards
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A care home in Northamptonshire and two workers have received awards at a national ceremony celebrating excellence inside company Shaw healthcare.

Carrie-Ann Collins (above), 33, a team leader at Sandalwood Court in Corby, was presented with the Care Leadership Award at Shaw healthcare’s annual Shaw Star Awards for her commitment to making changes for the better for service users living with dementia and to the continual development of her team. She was recognised for encouraging staff to deliver the best possible care.

Jennifer Garlick, 30, an activity worker at Thorndale Care Home in Kettering, received the Care Activity Award at Shaw healthcare's annual Shaw Star Awards

Jennifer Garlick, 30, an activity worker at Thorndale Care Home in Kettering, received the Care Activity Award at Shaw healthcare's annual Shaw Star Awards

Jennifer Garlick (below), 30, an activity worker at Thorndale Care Home in Kettering, received the Care Activity Award, a new category at this year’s awards.

Jennifer, the driving force behind all activities at the home, was commended for her skill and creativity in arranging inclusive activities for people of all abilities.

Meanwhile, Lancum House in Wellingborough was also awarded the Carehome.co.uk award, another new category at this year’s awards.

Carehome.co.uk is a UK care home search website which helps to rate care homes based on care and support services, the quality of staff, catering, cleanliness, safety and value for money. Lancum House secured a rating of 9.4 out of 10, the highest of all of Shaw healthcare’s care homes across the UK.

Carrie-Ann said: “I am very proud to have been presented with the Care Leadership Award. I am committed to bringing about the changes that will make a difference to our residents’ daily lives, such as changing the environment of the home to improve social interaction.

“My team has been fantastically supportive of the new initiatives, and we all strive to deliver the very best possible care.”

Jennifer said: “Introducing varied and engaging activities is a key part of the care we offer our service users, and it’s very important to me that they should be something that all residents can be involved in.

“Being able to take part in something they enjoy is very empowering for our residents, and something I am determined to continue to provide.”

More than 150 people gathered at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Oxfordshire for Shaw healthcare’s annual awards ceremony, which celebrates the achievements of outstanding individuals from amongst the 4,600 care workers across Shaw’s facilities.

Jeremy Nixey, the company’s chief executive, said: “Our annual Star Awards seek to recognise the individuals across all of Shaw healthcare’s services who have demonstrated excellence in their day-to-day work during the course of the year. These individuals are people who inspire others and deliver beyond expectations.”