Serve workers meet David Cameron

Deborah Lawson, Sue Kimpson, Sharon Rock, Lorraine Shorrock, Christine Slater and Barry Graves from Serve meet David Cameron at a reception at 10 Downing Street.
Deborah Lawson, Sue Kimpson, Sharon Rock, Lorraine Shorrock, Christine Slater and Barry Graves from Serve meet David Cameron at a reception at 10 Downing Street.
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Staff from a charity which has provided vital care and support to vulnerable residents for over 30 years have met the Prime Minister.

Rushden-based organisation Serve is one of just a handful of organisations to be given one of David Cameron’s Big Society Awards.

The award recognises the success of the charity’s Rapid Response Team, which works in partnership with local services to ensure elderly and disabled adult patients can be quickly and safely discharged from hospital to recover in the comfort of their own homes.

At the end of last month a group from the charity were invited to meet Mr Cameron at 10 Downing Street.

Serve chief executive Barry Graves said: “Mr Cameron was asking us about how much money we were saving the NHS in Northamptonshire and asked whether we were looking to go further afield.

“We told him we were looking at Cambridgeshire and might even venture into his patch in Oxfordshire.

“It was a nice experience - it’s not every day you get to meet the Prime Minister.”

Serve’s Rapid Response Team identifies patients who are ready for discharge and arranges for personalised care packages including day and home care, community transport, minor adaptations to patients’ homes and hospital after care.

Mr Cameron has handed out awards to just 37 organisations nationwide since November 2010.