Do you know an amazing carer? Do you have a family member or friend receiving excellent care in Suffolk from an individual, carehome or care agency staff member?
If so, judges of this year’s Suffolk Care Awards want to know. They are looking for people in Suffolk who have experienced great care, either for themselves or a relative, to nominate that person or place for a Special Recognition Award.
The Suffolk Care Awards aims to recognise, honour and celebrate people and organisations who are providing high quality care in Suffolk’s health and social care sector.
The second annual Suffolk Care Awards was launched on February 20 - with a tea party attended by some of last year’s winners and judges from this year’s awards – and the closing date for this year’s awards is March 31.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held at Trinity Park, Ipswich, on September 28.
Last year’s category winners came from Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bungay, Mildenhall, Sudbury, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket.
This year, there are a total of 10 categories highlighting the important and crucial job that good carers and creative care providers do every day. The categories recognise exemplary practice as well as inspiring care leaders and managers.
Entrants can enter as many categories as they want, and all awards are free to enter.
The categories are:
1. Promoting Dignity and Respect in Everyday Life
2. Food and Catering
3. End of Life
4. Inspiring Leaders and Managers
5. Culture, Creativity and Activities
6. Excellent Training
7. Innovative Approaches to Services for Dementia
8. Student Placement/Apprenticeship
9. Care Service of the Year
10. Special Recognition Award
Judges have been drawn from care sector professionals from private and public sector organisations nationally and in Suffolk, including Suffolk County Council, the NHS, Health Education East, Skills for Care, Palliative Care Academy, and The National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People.
The Awards are run by two organisations, The Suffolk Brokerage and SAICP, Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers.
Liz Taylor, chair of The Suffolk Brokerage said: “We are delighted to launch The Suffolk Care Awards for the second year following the success of last year’s awards.
“There are countless examples of people doing a great job of caring in Suffolk and many, many organisations operating high quality services that should be held up as great examples of splendid care in our county. We want to celebrate this great work.”
Hilary Gibbs, chair of the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers said: “We are especially pleased to have a Special Recognition Award this year which gives lots of people who have experienced first-hand the great care we have on offer in Suffolk, the chance to nominate an amazing carer or fantastic care provider.”