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Dignity in care awards 2022

Over 200 guests were joined by family members and work colleagues for the annual celebration held at Newcastle College of Performing Arts.

The Staffordshire County Council awards recognise care services and individuals who ensure people in care are treated with dignity and respect.

Julia Jessel, Cabinet Member for Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council presented some of the awards and said:

“This is always a fantastic event and it was great to meet so many amazing carers and care companies.

It’s vital that we celebrate and recognise the great work being done in the care sector across Staffordshire and our annual awards help us do that. It was also great to see such a mix of winners, from those exceptional informal carers to those working in larger established care providers.

I’d like to say a huge congratulations to all the winners, those highly commended and all those nominated for an award. They should be very proud of what they have achieved.”

Hope Williamson who won Newcomer to Care Dignity Champion said:

"All my life I have grown up surrounded by family working in care. My nan and mum were particularly encouraging for me to join the profession and often told me, "You would absolutely love it!" But I never thought it would be for me. However, after working at the bungalows for just over a year, I truly fell in love with the job and the newfound passion I shared closely with my mum and nan.

It was an absolute honour to have won the award alongside so many amazing carers who go above and beyond for the people they support!"

After winning the award for Care Team Champion, Trish Jones from Every Sensation Care who runs Oaklea House said:

I think It’s really important to recognise the work that carers do. It’s really hard work in this sector and we’ve been through a lot, especially over the last couple of years.

“Winning the award gives us a massive lift to get that recognition and a pat on the back goes a long way. I’d like to say thank you to Staffordshire County Council because they are one of the few local authorities that host these types of awards and I think that in itself, helps give some acknowledgement to allow the sector an opportunity to have this day once a year.”

Barbara Jones from Cannock is the artistic director with Seasons Theatre Company and said:

“Winning the award was a real privilege.  We definitely weren’t expecting to win but it was a great feeling.  All the volunteers love what they do and when you see the difference it makes to the people we work with, it’s really rewarding.”

Sheila McMahon, local Author, Psychotherapist and Professional Entertainer hosted this year’s event. 

Dr Richard Harling (MBE), Director of Health and Care at Staffordshire County Council, opened and closed the awards ceremony, The awards we’re also presented by:

  • Councillor Julia Jessel Cabinet Member for Health and Care,
  • Rob McNamara Director from Cream HealthCare,
  • Sarah Ireland CQC Inspection Manager
  • Debbie Ho CQC Inspector,
  • Shirley Way Locality Manager Skills for Care,
  • Heather Johnstone Interim Chief of Nursing
  • Therapies Officer Staffordshire Integrated Care Board and (MBE) Jan Burns The National Dignity Council Chair.

Our winners

  • Community Service Dignity Champion:
    Carol Batchelor

  • Specialist Dignity Champion:
    Carol Godson

  • Community Volunteering Dignity Champion:
    Barbara Jones

  • Palliative Care / End of Life Dignity Champion:
    Ellie Holland

  • Care Team Dignity Champions:
    Oaklea House

  • Social Care Covid Hero:
    Suzanne Mills and Davlyn House

  • Registered Manager Dignity Champion:
    Dawn Jackson

  • Newcomer to Care Dignity Champion:
    Hope Williamson

  • Care Home Dignity Champion:
    Karen Tyer

  • Special Recognition Dignity Champion:
    Jean Hollingworth
  • Ancillary Worker Dignity Champion:
    Elaine Terry

Our highly commended

  • Community Service Dignity Champion:
    Jeanine Hulme

  • Ancillary Worker Dignity Champion:
    Dave Williams and Jackie Lee

  • Community Volunteering Dignity Champion (Unpaid work):
    Margaret Barnes

  • Palliative Care / End of Life Dignity Champion:
    Jayne Brown

  • Care Team Dignity Champions:
    Team Allan House and Rockspur CIC Staff Team

  • Social Care Covid Hero:
    Natalia Bloor and Maria Withers

  • Registered Manager Dignity Champion:
    Lisa Power and Rebecca Redfern

  • Newcomer to Care Dignity Champion:
    Evette Jones and Elizabeth Harrison

  • Care Home Dignity Champion:
    Michaela Hodgson and Donna Walker

Our nominees

Our Dignity in Care nominees and award winners make such a difference to other people’s lives because dignity is at the heart of the way they feel, think and act towards others.

Congratulations to all our nominees.

Our sponsors

A special thanks to our sponsors: 

  • Cream Health and Social Care
  • Newcastle and Stafford Colleges Group
  • Belong
  • Aquarate
  • Yourmeds
  • Alton Towers
  • The Retreat
  • Dorothy Clive Garden Centre
  • The Access Group
  • Stoke City Football Club
  • Greggs
  • Buyagift
  • Foxfield Railway
  • Obsession Salon and Spa
  • Embark Learning

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