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Success for Gateshead in North East Care Awards

Posted on Wednesday 7 December 2016

Gateshead Council has scooped three prestigious prizes in the North East Care Awards this month.

The awards are held annually to celebrate excellence across the social care sector in the region and to recognise and celebrate the contribution of outstanding teams and individuals in the social care workforce. The awards also bring together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors.

This year, Gateshead Council’s Adult Social Care service had seven employees and two teams shortlisted in a wide range of categories, having three outright winners on the night.

Sharon Foster won the ‘Domiciliary Care – Dignity in Care Award’. Sharon works in the long term domiciliary care team.  She is a dementia champion and supports individuals with high level, complex needs, helping them stay independent in their own homes.  The judges commented that “Sharon shone through, giving person centred care, giving choice and control, treating the person with respect.  A worthy winner”.

Diane Ingham from Shadon House won the Ancillary Award. Diane works as a domestic and support worker in Shadon House Dementia Resource Centre, in Birtley. 

The judges said that Diane was a deserving winner, commenting: “Diane loves her work, enjoys seeing service users smiling.  She really cares for the people she works with”.

The Guidepost drop-in team won the Putting People First Personalisation Award.

Guidepost has three drop in facilities in Blaydon, Rowlands Gill and Gateshead, enabling people with learning disabilities to be supported in their own communities and given the information and advice to help them be independent in the community. 

The judges commented that Guidepost is “A very passionate team working for people with learning disabilities – with service users developing and gaining new skills”.

Said Councillor Michael McNestry, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Gateshead Council: “We are delighted at having three worthy winners in these prestigious awards.

“We are proud of our committed and caring teams and individual staff members in Gateshead and it is gratifying that some of them have also received recognition by their peers within the social care sector.”

He added: “This brings to 17 the number of awards - six national and 11 regional – that Gateshead Council’s Adult Social Care provider has won since February 2014.”

As regional finalists each of the winners will automatically go through to the Great Britain Care Awards Finals, which will take place at Birmingham’s ICC in March.