The Registered Manager for Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Sadie Andrews (above left), has been honoured with a top award in recognition of her outstanding work supporting people in need of professional care in their own home.
The East of England Great British Care Awards 2016 celebrates excellence across the care industry and winners were announced at a gala dinner held at the Holiday Inn, Peterborough on Friday, 13 January 2017.
Sadie scooped the Home Care Registered Manager Award for “demonstrating a high level of expertise together with exceptional skills in managing the complex business of providing support and care to people in their own homes. A Manager who shows vision in developing viable quality services and supporting staff to meet the ever changing needs for the people who use the service.”
Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, based in St Ives, supports family carers of all ages across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk by providing care workers managed by Sadie for people with almost any condition or disability, including those who have dementia and are frail.
Sadie said afterwards: “I was shocked and honoured to receive the award. I love my work, but it’s not about one person, it’s about being part of a committed team and working together to meet the care needs of our clients at the highest standard.”
Sadie now goes forward for the national finals of the Great British Care Awards which will be held in Birmingham on 31 March 2017.
Sadie started her career in the care industry as a carer support worker in 2001, supporting people in their homes. She joined Carers Trust Cambridgeshire as a Care Co-ordinator in 2012, passing qualifications along the way which enabled her to progress as registered manager for Carers Trust Cambridgeshire.
“I always saw this work as a career. I really enjoy going out into people’s homes, seeing the difference that we make to help keep those people at home, seeing how the service impacts on them and enables people to stay independent; the focus is on keeping them at home where they want to be.”
Sadie has introduced new training programmes for Care Workers, enabling them to deliver the highest level of care for differing needs, including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy and autism.
“We take our training to another higher level to enhance our staff’s knowledge,” she said.
Rebecca Browne and Ruth Young, both Carer Support Officers, were shortlisted for the regional Putting People First/Personalisation Award in recognition of their work with a woman who became exhausted and struggled as the main care giver for her husband, an amputee, as she was also looking after their two young children.
Dr Helen Brown, CEO of Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, praised Sadie’s professional dedication and said the award was terrific endorsement of the amazing job she does, having steered her team through challenging times following the introduction of the Care Act 2014 and new Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection standards.
“We are all very proud of Sadie. She is an excellent role model for her team and a highly skilled professional who is always mindful of the needs of the people we support and what we can do to improve their lives. She always goes the extra mile, enabling the person we care for to remain independent in their own home.
“It was a fantastic endorsement for Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, with Ruth Young and Rebecca Browne also being regional finalists for Personalised Care.”
Carers Trust Cambridgeshire supports adult carers by providing Carer’s Assessments, Family Carers’ Prescriptions, the What If Plan? for emergency care planning, information, advice and guidance about respite care, groups and peer support. We support young carers and young adult carers aged from 5-25, arranging trips and activities to give them a break from caring and helping them through education and into employment.
* For information about The Great British Care Awards see http://www.care-awards.co.uk/
A few photos from the evening.