Wiltshire Annual Employee Awards – Recognising Outstanding Achievements

Our employees throughout Wiltshire have been recognised and awarded for their outstanding work and commitment at our annual Employee Awards ceremony, held at Trowbridge Civic Centre on Tuesday 20th October. Awards were presented by OSJCT Trustees and directors, along with Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire Mrs Sarah Troughton and CEO of Dementia UK Hilda Hayo,

Over 47 employees from the Trust’s 18 care homes throughout the county received recognition, including Shaun Pike of Hayward Care Centre in Devizes – this year’s Carer of the Year. Awarded for his dedication and commitment to both the residents and his colleagues, Shaun was praised for his sense of humour and unique ability to connect and communicate with residents, while also always going out of his way to be a team player that motivates and supports colleagues.

Additionally, Megan Jefferies from Ashwood Care Centre in Warminster won the title of Young Carer of the Year due to her calm and sensitive nature and always going the extra mile. Despite being a relatively new carer, Megan has been described as a role model for other new employees by picking up extra shifts, making the most of every training opportunity and giving up her personal time for residents.

This year’s Leader of the Year title was awarded to Annette Ayles, a Manager from Watersmead in Westbury, for working extremely hard to create a community which is led by the residents and for managing with her heart, commitment and values.

OSJCT Volunteer of the Year, Marjorie Dunford of Athelstan House in Malmesbury, received the Volunteer of the Year award for her commitment to the home’s residents, always putting their comfort first and making them smile, and rarely missing a week.

The 2015 Hospitality Award was presented to Viv Thomas, a housekeeper from Hungerford House in Corsham, for the high standards and expectations she displays in all areas of her work. In addition to taking a lead on encouraging and facilitating the housekeeping team to integrate with the care team to create a smoother working environment, she always tries to involve the residents in her duties, which empowers them to take charge of their own environments and maintain their daily activities and skills.

The Unsung Hero Award was awarded jointly to: - Louisa Wright - Athelstan House in Malmesbury and the  Peri Handyman Team - OSJCT Support Team.  Louisa and an excellent carer and DC Coordinator with a warm, cheerful attitude and a  professional and caring relationship with all clients and their families.  Louisa is an excellent representative for the Trust, when out in the community conducting assessments or attending meetings or other events.  When the Peri-team is undertaking a project within a home nothing is too much trouble for them and they help out in any way they can to improve the home and working environment.  They are continually aware of each homes needs and will often contact a home with an idea or an offer of an item the home could use.  The team take pride in their work and are always cheerful and accommodating.

Andrea Wright, of Ridgeway House in Swindon, was selected as this year’s Activity Coordinator of the Year Award for her enthusiastic and creative approach to activities and for meeting the needs of all residents. Not only does she spend quality time encouraging and supporting residents by helping them with personal choices essential for their wellbeing, but she also has a great rapport with her colleagues, actively supporting them in the delivery of care.

This year’s newest award, Office / Support Employee of the Year, was presented to Karen Johnson, Volunteer & Events Manager, for her enormous dedication to her role supporting, encouraging and listening to her colleagues, residents and volunteers across the region.  She organises all of the regional events, effectively managing budgets and has also gone above and beyond her role by assisting other

Care & Quality Accreditation Awards were also presented to Seymour House and The Cedars for Infection Prevention & Control, and Marden Court for Dementia Care.

27 employees also received certificates for completing qualifications in Health & Social Care, Dementia Care, Cleaning and Support Services Skills, and Moving and Handling.

In addition, 13 employees were presented with Long Service Awards

35 Years of Service:

Christine Maria Perkins - Hayward Care Centre in Devizes

Lorraine Pocock - Marden Court in Calne

Doreen Stamp - St Wilfrid’s Priory in Arundel

30 Years of Service:

Sheila Doman – Ashwood Care Centre in Warminster

Sue Sheekey  - Coombe End Court in Marlborough

Alison Stenning - OSJCT Wiltshire Office

25 Years of Service:

Jennifer Alger - Bemerton Lodge in Salisbury

Julie Brown - Marden Court in Calne

Linda Ford - Hungerford House in Corsham

Kathleen Harwood - Coombe End Court in Marlborough

Susan Jones - Bemerton Lodge in Salisbury

Suzanne Jones - Bartlett House in Andover

Carol Perry - Seymour House in Chippenham