CARE Manager at the Leigh Old Vicarage Care Home, Emily Spearing, has been awarded the Care Leadership Award at this year’s National Care Awards, beating nominations from some of the country’s leading care providers.
Emily said “I was so chuffed! I was the youngest person in the category and couldn’t believe I had won!”
Emily, who started at the Old Vicarage as a Saturday girl at the age of 14, was presented with her award at a spectacular ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Hotel in London.
The judges said, “we chose Emily because she demonstrated inspirational leadership. She is passionate about her work and this has been demonstrated by achieving the Gold Standards Framework award. Her infectious enthusiasm makes a real difference to the staff she works with and the residents they care for.”
Emily joined the full-time staff on leaving the Gryphon School in Sherborne 12 years ago and has worked her way up the ladder becoming deputy care manager in 2011 and now manager.
Emily led the work towards the Old Vicarage’s Gold Standard Accreditation for end of life care in which it was awarded Beacon Status. “Relatives, the GP, nurses and other professionals are involved in the preparation of an agreed plan for a resident’s final days to ensure that they are treated with care, dignity and respect until the end of life,” says Emily.
Emily also scooped a second Great British Care Award for frontline leader and fellow care worker Sheila Kumalo was also honoured.
Others from the Old Vicarage who were shortlisted for awards were Denzil Goddard for Best Resident Contribution and Louise Turner for Best Care Training Co-ordinator and now Clinical Lead and Daniel Turner who won the Ancillary Award, South West Great British Care Award in Bristol which means he will go into the National Care Awards in London next year.