Seven super staff at Coppice Lodge care home in Arnold have been recognised amongst the best of Midlands social care workers by reaching the finals of the regional Great British Care Awards.
The care team have scooped an impressive seven finalists across six categories including he Care Home Cook/Chef, The Care Home Worker, The 'Putting People First', The Ancillary Worker and The Social Care Covid-19 Hero awards. The team have also been selected as finalists for The Care Home Team Award.
The finalists have been nominated by colleagues, residents, relatives or professionals and are selected by a team of judges from their region. Each nomination is a testament to the team’s dedication to their role, providing person-centred care for their residents.
The purpose of the Great British Care Awards is to pay tribute to those individuals in the care sector who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. The finalists will attend a virtual meeting later this month where they will be interviewed by several judges who themselves work within the care sector. The results will be announced at a regional gala dinner in April with the winners securing a place at the national awards.
Lifestyle Manager, Lorna Thornley, who has been shortlisted for the 'Putting People First' accolade, said, ‘It’s brilliant to be recognised for my work and to know what I do is making such a difference to our resident's lives is the icing on the cake. Activities are incredibly important for wellbeing and help us bond with our residents. Putting our residents first is paramount and is also what makes Coppice Lodge such a caring place to live and work. I am delighted be nominated alongside so many of my co-workers. I am very proud of our team and I wish everyone the best of luck within their categories’.
Gillian Poole, who began working at Coppice Lodge in 2012 and is a finalist in the Cook/Chef award said, ‘I have always said, find a job you love and you will never work a day in your life and I truly come to work each day with the same passion I had on my first shift. I cannot think of a more rewarding career than working in social care’.
87 year-old Coppice Lodge resident, Brenda Topping , said, ‘The Coppice Lodge care team are absolutely fantastic, I have been hugely impressed with their commitment to their work over the course of the pandemic, and I see first-hand how everyone goes above and beyond for us. Our finalists should be very proud of themselves; I am looking forward to hearing all about their interviews over a nice cup of tea!’.
Front of House Manager, Angela Allen who has been shortlisted for the ‘Putting People First’ award, said, ‘I am delighted to have been selected as a finalist in this year’s Great British Care Awards. To be recognised for my role within the home is very touching. I believe that the needs of our residents are paramount and as a team we always put them first in everything that we do’.
Home Manager, Samantha Kavanagh, who has been selected as a finalist within the ‘Social Care Covid-19 Hero’ category said, ‘‘I am so proud of everything my team have achieved over the past year. Their dedication and commitment to their residents during the course of the pandemic has been nothing short of inspiring and I am so pleased to see how they have been able to continue to adapt to their situation and create fun and exciting things for our residents to do, whilst continuing to provide the highest standards of personalised care. To also be nominated for the Social Care Covid-19 Hero award is extremely’.
Coppice Lodge, operated by Ideal Carehomes, is a residential and dementia care home boasting a hair salon, cinema room and spacious lounges overlooking landscaped sensory gardens. All 64 bedrooms are en-suite, enabling staff to deliver person-centred care in a dignified manner, promoting independence as far as possible. For more information about Coppice Lodge, contact Samantha on 0115 920 5906 or click https://www.idealcarehomes.co.uk/