Bluebird Care has recognised the outstanding achievements of its employees at a dedicated awards ceremony.
The Bluebird Care Awards took place at London’s Fortnum & Mason on November 14, where three winners were announced.
The event is a celebration of the exemplary commitment shown by the teams that work at Bluebird Care, across the whole network.
Linda Harvey, a care assistant at Bluebird Care Swindon, was crowned Carer of the Year, with judges praising her for always going above and beyond and being a central part of the local community.
The Registered Manager of the Year award went to Caroline Summerville (pictured), a registered manager at Bluebird Care Mid and West Cornwall, for her outstanding work in recruitment and training.
Finally, Libby Irvine, training manager at Bluebird Care South Buck, South Wycombe and Slough, won the Team Member of the Year award for her energy, vibrance and commitment to the role.
An independent panel of judges were given time to meet the finalists and interview them before deciding on the winners.
Yvonne Hignell, managing director of Bluebird Care, said: “The awards this year have been a roaring success and we could not be happier with how the ceremony went.
“The finalists who have joined us are a real representation of all the amazing work that is carried out by the Bluebird Care team across the UK each day.
“I would like to thank everyone in the Bluebird Care network and the team members who helped to make this day so special.”
One of the judges, Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care England said: “These awards have been the most enjoyable day in a long time. I have had a great afternoon and met some amazing people.
“All the people at these awards have been outstanding and my category winner really showed a commitment to the people she works with, as well as their families, to ensure they are part of the community.
“I would like to say to everyone at these awards, and across Bluebird Care, you are doing an amazing job, transforming lives and just enjoy your work, because what you do is really special.”
Fellow judge Colin Angel, Policy Director at United Kingdom Homecare Association said: “It has been an incredible honour to be one of the judges for these awards, and to meet so many talented nominees and hear about the fantastic services they are delivering throughout the UK.
“I am going to take away the dedication and enthusiasm that all the nominees for these awards have shown to the judges. It was really clear that that enthusiasm is spread throughout the Bluebird Care franchise network.
“Everyone who was nominated for an award has done a fantastic job and has really impressed the judges.”
This year’s Bluebird Care Awards celebrated 15 finalists, in three categories. The full list follows below:
Carer of the Year
- Dave Finch, Scotland, NI & the North
- Rukhsana Ali, Midlands East
- Natasha Perry, Midlands West & Wales
- Angela McMillan, London & South East
- Linda Harvey, Swindon
Registered Manager of the Year
- Becki Moore, Scotland, NI & the North
- Richard Atkinson, Midlands East
- Siobhan Carroll, Midlands West & Wales
- Jade Hobbs, London & South East
- Caroline Summerville, Mid and West Cornwall
Team Member of the Year
- Veronica Carlyle, Care Assistant, Scotland, NI & the North
- Samantha Ward, Care Coordinator, Midlands West & Wales
- Jade Rose, Registered Care Manager, London & South East
- Kim Teagle, Recruitment Manager, South West
- Libby Irvine, Training Manager, South Buck, South Wycombe and Slough