Dozens of leaders in adult social care have been named in the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours List for their services to the sector.
Vic Rayner, chief executive of the National Care Forum, received an OBE after providing strong leadership and representation for the not-for-profit care sector, alongside advocating for the wider interests of the country’s first line social care support.
Rayner has worked tirelessly to influence policy, promote collaboration and co-production, and advocate for the best interests of those who receive care and support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and for many years beforehand.
Commenting on the news, Rayner said: “I am delighted to have received this huge honour. It is a privilege to work in a sector supporting millions of people to improve their quality of life and wellbeing. The last year has shone a light on the social care sector and how instrumental it is and the enormous impact it makes to people’s lives.”
According to the government, almost 23% of individuals named in the 2021 Honours List are recommended for COVID-19 service. These include people who have given charitable and voluntary support to communities and service to health and social care.
Andy Tilden, former director of operations for Skills for Care and current non-executive director at Agincare, received and OBE, while Kerry Anne Metcalfe, a care manager at Hampshire-based Melody Care, was awarded an MBE for her services to social care during COVID.
Skills for Care CEO Oonagh Smyth said: “Everybody at Skills for Care is delighted that Andy has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list and we’re sure everyone he has worked with throughout his career will welcome this well-deserved award.
“This award recognised his outstanding contribution to developing the skills and knowledge of the adult social workforce and as Andy is keen is point out it’s also a recognition of the support he has received from colleagues since he first qualified as a social worker.
“Andy did a fantastic job as our acting CEO for a year during a time of great change for our sector, but more that his award acknowledges the outstanding work done by well trained and motivated care workers in our communities, particularly over the last year.”
Also named in the list was Dr Laura Jane Frances Shallcross, associate professor of Public Health, University College London, who received an MBE after leading vital national work to understand the burden and impact of COVID-19 in care homes.
Click here to read the Queen’s 2021 Birthday Honours List in full.