Carers honoured at Dignity in Care Awards

Home care workers, nursing home staff and day centre workers have been recognised for going out of their way to help vulnerable older residents in Islington live safely, independently and with dignity.

Islington's most committed and best care workers were announced at the Islington Dignity in Care Awards 2015, part of Islington Council's celebrations for Dignity in Action Day, 1 February.

It's the fourth year the council has used the award scheme to turn the spotlight on paid carers, promoting all that's excellent in the care profession.

Cllr Janet Burgess, executive member for health and wellbeing, Islington Council said:

"These annual awards are a good way of our showing our appreciation and thanks to our carers who carry out a difficult and often thankless task, 365 days a year.

"The judges were really impressed at the number of times nominees talked about their carer never letting them down and doing their work so cheerfully.

"Care at home helps people to stay in their home and live with a significant degree of choice and control."

Over 60 people turned up to the awards ceremony held in the Town Hall's Council Chamber on 30 January, in the presence of Islington Mayor, Cllr Theresa Debono and Deputy Council Leader, Janet Burgess. 
Carers in day centres, residential and domiciliary settings were awarded certificates and gift vouchers in acknowledgement of the extra mile they go to improve the lives of older people.

The winners are:

Kiran Singh - Domiciliary Care
Paul Field - Residential / Nursing Care
Sue O’Dell – Day Care
Cherylena Chendesharan – Extra Care

The winners will be put through to the regional (London) care awards and if successful here will be put through to the national awards.

Nominations were received from colleagues, managers, and the service users themselves.

Naming Kiran Singh for an award in the Domiciliary Care Category, the nominator said: "Kiran meets my mother’s needs and supports me as a carer.  It's not so much about the tasks she undertakes but her kindness". 
As part of Islington's offer to care workers in the borough and to acknowledge the value of the job they do, paid carers working under council contracts get at least London Living Wage of £9.15 an hour plus travel time and a range of other service conditions benefits.







Notes to editors

Dignity in Care Awards 2015 Judging Panel: *Andy Murphy, CEO Age UK Islington *Janet Burgess MBE, Deputy Leader Islington Council and Executive Member for health and wellbeing *Martin Machray, Director Quality & integrated Governance, Islington CCG *Dot Gibson, Secretary, National Pensioners Convention *Emma Whitby, Chief Officer Healthwatch Islington Judging criteria: *The National Pensioners Convention Dignity Code was used Nominations: *38 people were nominated - including by service users and colleagues Care providers: *Allied Healthcare, Notting Hill Housing, Care UK, London Care, Sevacare and Barchester sponsored the event

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