We are celebrating a hat-trick of success in the Great British Care Awards.
At a time when the spotlight has been turned on the role of care workers, Care Plus has been shortlisted for three top awards in what are known as the ‘Oscars’ of the care world.
Care Plus is one of the finalists in the categories of Best Care Employer, Putting People First and Housing With Care in the Great British Care Awards for the West Midlands. The winners of the regional event, who will be announced at a gala night in Birmingham later this year, will go through to the national finals.
Les Clarke, executive director of care and support at Care Plus, said that the news came as a huge tribute to the commitment of staff who have been on the frontline of the response to the pandemic in Staffordshire and Shropshire, working with some of those most vulnerable to infection.
“We have amazing staff who have been doing exceptional work, every day. We support 2,500 people through care at home, supported housing and extra care schemes, enabling them to remain at home safely and confidently. Our colleagues have continued to deliver essential care safely, and we have worked differently to keep people safe and well. It is wonderful to see their dedication recognised in this way.”
During the first lockdown, Care Plus staff made an incredible 38,239 reassurance calls to residents – checking-in, arranging support and being a friendly voice. There were conversations with families, too, acknowledging the worry of long separations.
Staff used their free time to join volunteers providing practical support, delivering shopping, prescriptions and activity packs.
Les Clarke added: “It has been a uniquely difficult year and care staff everywhere have risen to the challenge, often making personal sacrifices to provide care to people in need. The Great British Care Awards are an opportunity for us to recognise the importance of their work.”