South Leeds was well represented as unsung heroes from across Leeds adult care sector were celebrated yesterday (15 December 2021) at the Leeds Quality in Care awards.
The annual Leeds Quality in Care awards celebrated the excellent work taking place across the sector and shone a light on those individuals and services that have made a real difference over the past two years.
Representing the excellence throughout the Leeds adult care sector, the award winners and finalists have all strived above and beyond in ensuring Leeds is an age friendly city.
There were 10 awards in total which were presented at a ceremony live streamed from The Carriageworks Theatre.
Magdalena Duzniak, who leads on end-of life care at Pennington Court Care home in Beeston won the Nursing home nurse of the year (sponsored by the University of Leeds). Magdalena is determined to make this time as comfortable and calm for patients as possible. She is passionate about her profession and goes out of her way to be supportive of all that cross her path, including student nurses, care workers and families.
The South Leeds Recovery Hub in Beeston won the Most Innovative approach to supporting independence choice and Control (jointly with the Leeds City Council Skills Reablement Service). The hub is an excellent example of inclusive working across Leeds, producing lots of new and innovative ideas and solutions to aid customers return home, giving them independence, control and choice. Within the hub multi—disciplinary teams collaborate excellently together and all show a shared commitment to their customers.
People Matters, based in Holbeck, won the award for Most inclusive service provision. People Matters has an outstanding commitment to innovation and providing an inclusive service, which is open to all adults across Leeds who have a disability and/or facing challenges in their lives. Having achieved the ‘Disability Confident Leader’ recognition further highlights this commitment.
Councillor Fiona Venner, executive member for adults and children’s social care and health partnerships, said:
“The Quality in Care Awards represent the excellent level of service provided across the adult care sector in Leeds. I would like to personally thank all the finalists for going above and beyond in delivering excellent care for their customers. It has undoubtedly been a tough 20 months for the sector and I hope this award ceremony allowed individuals and services to reflect back on the amazing things they have achieved.”
Other winners were:
Paid care or support worker of the year: Helen Smith
Volunteer of the Year: Mrs Feenan and Karen Winterburn (Seacroft Grange)
Registered Manager of the Year: Lisa Monaghan (St Anne’s)
Best Recruitment and Retention initiative: Home Instead Senior Care (Wetherby)
Outstanding Contribution to Social Care: Cyd Akrill MBE (Seacroft Grange Care Village)
Digital innovation to support independence: Beech Hall Care Home (Anchor)
This post is based on a pressrelease issued by Leeds City Council