A Proud Night for RCH Care Homes at the South East Great British Care Awards.

RCH Care Homes were proud to attend the Regional Finals of the Great British Care Awards for the third year running. This year we were honoured to have a number of finalists across different award categories.

The annual prestigious awards evening held on the 17th of November, in the Ballroom of the Brighton Hilton Hotel is a wonderful opportunity for the Social Care sector to come together and celebrate the exceptional and dedicated individuals who work in the sector.

In total we had finalists from five of our nursing, residential dementia and residential care homes in the South East Region.

From Queens Court Care Home, Unit Manager Susan Lawler was awarded Highly Commended in the Care Worker Award. The Judges said, Congratulations, Susan! Your vibrant energy, innovative ideas, and unwavering passion shine through in your commitment to creating a comfortable environment for residents. Your dedication to a common goal is truly commendable.’

Susan is a dedicated and exceptional member of the team at the nursing, residential and dementia home in Buckhurst Hill. Respected by her team and loved by residents and their loved ones.

Romford Care Homes had two finalists, Head Chef Pauline Igbhawaegbele who was a finalist in the Care Home Chef Award and Head of Maintenance James Glover was nominated in the Ancillary category. Pauline and James are essential in the day-to-day life of Romford Care Home and we are extremely proud and grateful for all they do.

At Maidstone Care Centre, Lifestyle Lead and previous National Great British Care Award Winner Tara Cole was nominated in the Lifestyle/Activity Person Category.

From Woodlands Care Centre, Nurse Shinoj Prakashan, was a well-deserved finalist in the Social Care Nurse Category. A key member of team and well-respected Shinoj was supported by Woodlands General Manager Rubin Arunagiri at the awards.

We are excited to announce that Woodlands Care Centre’s Dementia Ambassador Louise Carrington, won a Highly Commended award in the Dementia Carer category.  The Judges said, ‘Louise’s thirst for knowledge that would positively impact on her team and the people she cares for was incredible. She is clearly very dedicated to the field of dementia care, and ensuring the best outcomes for those she supports.’

Finally, Withen’s Nursing Home in Southfleet had two team members shortlist as finalists. Rebecca Rixon, who was nominated in the Ancillary Worker Award and Nurse Wanda Tebby.

We are thrilled to announce that Wanda was announced as the overall winner in the Care Assessor Award. The Judges said, ‘Wanda’s unified approach to management is exceptional, and she clearly works hard every day to ensure that the care plans really are person-centred and

personalised to each resident. Wanda has a clear understanding that it is only through continuous effort as a whole team that care plans will be truly meeting needs and wishes. Your humble approach is lovely to see – be proud of what you are achieving.’ Wanda now goes onto the National Great British Care Awards which are in March 2024.

Lee Cunningham, General Manager at Withen’s was extremely proud of both of his colleagues, ‘It’s wonderful that both Rebecca and Wanda have been recognised for all that do and the impact that they have on a daily basis, I’m extremely proud to have them as part of my team. It is so exciting that Wanda won her award, it is thoroughly deserved and we can’t wait for the finals in March 2024!’

We are proud and honoured by all of the dedicated and committed teams at RCH Care Homes, they embody the values of respectful, caring and honestly every day. Celebrating our team members at awards like these allows us to acknowledge their achievements at such a special occasion.


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