Paralympic sportswoman Rachel Morris presented Surrey’s social care ‘Oscars’.

The Surrey Care Awards, the county’s annual awards ceremony for adult social care staff was held on Friday 17 November at Epsom Downs Racecourse.

Over 380 care employers and their staff attended this year’s Awards which were compered by BBC Surrey presenter Sylvie Blackmore. The Awards were presented to winners by Paralympic medal winner Rachel Morris and the Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey Mr Michael More-Molyneux.

The Surrey Care Awards are the county’s ‘Oscars’ for care workers. The Awards recognise the hard work and dedication of people working in a wide variety of jobs in adult social care including dementia care, caring for people in their own homes and caring for adults with learning disabilities. The 60 finalists for the Surrey Care Awards 2017 were nominated by their colleagues, with glowing and often moving testimonials from service users and their families.

This year there were 15 award winners in categories including Beyond the Call of Duty, Care Newcomer, Care Manager of the Year, Care Team of the of the Year, Lifetime Achievement and Outstanding Contribution to Social Care. Also two finalists received Special Recognition awards from the panel of judges.

The Awards are organised by Surrey Care Association which represents the interests of over 700 independent providers of care and support services in the county. Erica Lockhart, Chief Executive of Surrey Care Association said,

“This is our ninth annual Awards ceremony celebrating the really excellent care that goes on here in Surrey. We had some fantastic nominations this year for care staff who really go the extra mile to look after vulnerable adults with kindness and compassion. Our Surrey Care Awards showcase the extraordinary contribution care workers make to our local community and hopefully others will be inspired to come forward and consider a career in social care.”

The Surrey Care Awards 2017 were supported by Platinum level sponsors Nellsar Ltd; Gold level sponsors Berkeley Home Health, and Silver sponsors Ashcroft Support for Living, Avery Healthcare, Spectrum Consortium and Bidfood.

Winners of the Surrey Care Awards 2017

Ancillary Worker of the Year Award sponsored by Spectrum/Bidfood
Winner: Dionne Willoughby, Claremont Court, Guildford

Beyond the Call of Duty (Care at Home) Award sponsored by Maria Mallaband Care Group
Winner: Shona Kendall, Trinity Homecare, Worcester Park

Beyond the Call of Duty (Care Home) Award sponsored by Avery Healthcare
Winner: Mario Immouche, Broome Park Nursing Home, Betchworth

Care Newcomer of the Year Award sponsored by CHD Living
Winner: Lazarinka Kerina, Ashcroft Care Services, Redhill

Care Provider of the Year Award sponsored by Ashcroft Care Services
Winner: Claremont Court, Guildford

Care Team of the Year Award sponsored by Christie and Co.
Winner: Welmede Housing Association Domiciliary Care Team, Chertsey

Frontline Leader of the Year Award sponsored by Broome Park Nursing Home
Winner: Jackie Walker, Independence Homes, Caterham
Special Recognition: Nicola Drake-Smith, Surrey Heights, Godalming

Improvements in Care Service Delivery Through the Use of Technology Award
Winner: Princess Christian Care Centre, part of Nellsar Ltd., Woking

Innovation and Good Practice in Staff Recruitment & Retention Award
Winner: Broome Park Nursing Home, Betchworth

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by Berkeley Home Health
Winner: Jackie Jones, Ashcroft Care Services, Redhill

Manager of the Year (Care At Home) Award sponsored by Shannon Court
Winner: Ingrid Clift, Home Counties Carers, East Horsley

Registered Manager of the Year (Care Home) Award sponsored by Care Management Matters/Care Choices
Winner: Mario Taherian, Princess Christian Care Centre, Woking

Most Innovative Activity Programme Involving Service Users Award sponsored by Felbury House
Winner: Active Prospects Pro-Active Committee, Horley
Special Recognition: Shannon Court, Hindhead

Community Involvement in a Care Setting Award sponsored by Beritaz Care
Winner: Community Skills Projects (Horley, Epsom and Woking) from County Care Independent Living Ltd, Woking

Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award sponsored by Nellsar Ltd
Winner: Anne Kasey, Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, Banstead.