The winners of the inaugural Suffolk Care Awards stepped up to receive their trophies at an exciting celebration ceremony held in Kesgrave Hall, Ipswich, on 29th September 2016.
Eleven winners – selected from 31 category finalists – were chosen by the judges of the Awards for their innovative and good care practice in the adult social care sector in Suffolk.
The 11 Award categories recognise the variety of care settings and skills in place in the sector employing more than *20,000 people in Suffolk.
Co-hosting the Awards evening was Liz Taylor, Chair of The Suffolk Brokerage, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to raising care standards, and Hilary Gibbs, Chair of the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers (SAICP), a membership organisation involved in good care practice.
Commenting on the winning line-up, Liz Taylor, said: “We’ve always been aware of the excellent care in Suffolk, and the Suffolk Care Awards has proved we have a lot to be proud of in this county.
It’s only right that people in Suffolk should be made aware of what great examples of high-quality care providers there are out there.
“From care providers who go that extra mile to ensure their service-users are at the centre of everything they do, to specialist dementia providers who continue to innovate, these Awards have highlighted some fantastic examples of best care practice within the sector.
“All 31 category finalists should be proud of what they have achieved.”
Hilary Gibbs said: “We wanted to recognise and celebrate good care in Suffolk. When we opened for entries back in March, we were overwhelmed by the numbers we received. It demonstrates that good care providers and care-givers are very proud of their work, and want to shout about it.
“The Awards have always been about shining a spotlight on good practice and to highlight a very worthwhile and rewarding job that high-quality carers and providers do.”
A team of care sector professionals were chosen as judges – drawn from private and public sector organisations – and they carried out verification visits to shortlisted organisations and providers in June. Category finalists were announced in July, with winners announced at the Awards ceremony held at Kesgrave Hall.
Winners received trophies and certificates, with runners-up receiving highly commended certificates.