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Success for Gateshead in North East Care Awards

Posted on Tuesday 12 December 2017

Gateshead Council has scooped four prestigious prizes in the North East Care Awards.

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. The awards also bring together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors.

This year, Gateshead Council’s Adult Social Care service had two employees, a team and a nurse who works in one of its short stay respite centres, as outright winners at the awards ceremony.

Lisa Elliot won the Care Innovator Award for creating ‘All Sortz’, an enterprise run by people with learning disabilities which recycles and regenerates disused furniture. These items are then sold and the money re-invested into All Sortz.  The judges stated Lisa was worthy winner, as she “showed her passion and dedication for supporting people to live a meaningful life” and had “excellent enthusiasm” for making a difference.”

The Frontline Leaders Award was won by Audrey Nisbets, an assistant manager at Shadon House, a short stay dementia resource centre in Birtley. The judges deemed her an outstanding finalist, stating: “Audrey is committed and passionate about working with people who have dementia and works to help rehabilitate people to go back to their own homes. A very worthy winner”.

The Putting People First/Personalisation Award was won by Gateshead Council’sRapid Response domiciliary care service, which provides an immediate response to vulnerable people in their own homes, assessing and stabilising them to prevent unneccesary admissions to hospital or residential care.  The judges selected the service as winners of this award as they were impressed by the “rapid response in crisis situations (providing) care unique to individuals and their circumstances, while preventing admission to care or hospital. Their commitment and hard work is evident”.

Lynne Shaw, from Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust and the Eastwood Promoting Independence Centre won the Good Nurse Award.

Lynne, is a Nurse Consultant providing care to older people in the Eastwood Promoting Independence Centre, run by Gateshead Council in Felling.  The judges were clearly impressed by Lynne, admiring the fact that she “works to build on the success of Gateshead for people living in care homes, helping to transform services to improve the well-being of older people by improving the skills of staff. She truly is an outstanding nurse”.

Said Councillor Michael McNestry, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care at Gateshead Council: “We are delighted at having 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 - nine national and 24 regional – that Gateshead Council’s Adult Social Care has won since February 2014.”