Raina Summerson has shown unrivalled compassion, dedication and clear-thinking to lead Agincare’s response to Covid, protecting some of the most vulnerable in society, as well as a 3,500-strong workforce.
She strengthened communication with clients, their families and with staff to ensure they had the latest details on government guidance, but she also listened and acted on concerns.
Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2021, Agincare remains family owned, growing from a single care home in Weymouth to be one of the largest independent providers of high quality care services in the country. Raina has been key to that growth, and is recognised locally and nationally as an influential voice within the health and social care sector, and as a champion for social care reform and long-term funding.
Raina was invited to give evidence to the government’s Health and Social Care Select Committee, and often joins industry discussion panels and events on current issues, such as managing Covid, Brexit and social care reform proposals.
Raina regularly represents Agincare and the care sector in the media – recently appearing on BBC News and Radio 4 to discuss Covid, visiting and social care funding.
She is also involved with United Kingdom Homecare Association, and other national bodies, lobbying for improved terms and conditions for the workforce and driving up standards in the social care sector.