Care staff lead the way at national awards

Auchtermairnie manager Fiona King, centre, collects the award.
Auchtermairnie manager Fiona King, centre, collects the award.

STAFF members from a Kennoway care home have been recognised as some of the leading carers in Scotland.

Auchtermairnie Care Home was selected from more than 400 entries as winner of the ‘dementia service’ award at the Scottish Care National Care Home Awards 2012.

The home was announced as winner at a ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow, which was hosted by TV presenter and singer Michelle McManus, pictured left.

The conference, which is now in its 13th year, has incorporated an awards ceremony for the last eight years.

The care home staff were delighted to have won the award.

A spokesperson from Auchtermairnie told the Mail: “It was a great surprise to have made it to the finalist stage of such a fantastic award ceremony, but to win the award is overwhelming.

“I am very proud of the staff’s dedication and commitment to the needs of the people we support.

“The success of the home is a result of their outstanding performance.”

The awards have been hailed a success in recognising individuals, teams and companies, with more entries than ever flooding in each year from employers and employees nominating their peers and colleagues.

Judges on the evening were Professor June Andrews, Dementia Services Development Centre, Alexis Jay, Chief Social Work Adviser, Scottish Government, Colin McGill, Director of Commercial Banking, Healthcare, the Royal Bank of Scotland, and Marie Paterson, Manager with the Care Inspectorate.

Ranald Mair, who is Chief Executive of Scottish Care, added: “Care workers are the unsung heroes of our society.

“They are fantastic, compassionate individuals that dedicate their lives to the well being of others and for that they should be applauded.

“Scottish Care is proud to host the awards as a way of highlighting all the positive work that goes on, day in, day out.”