8 September 2021
A picture of Fabulous four are National Care Awards finalists

Four inspirational Sanctuary Care staff are celebrating being named finalists in the prestigious National Care Awards.

Julie Ann Castro, a nurse at Watlington and District Nursing Home in Oxfordshire and Sophie Roddick, a care assistant at Mull Hall Care Home in Invergordon, Scotland have made it through to the finals of the annual awards in the Care Registered Nurse and Care Newcomer categories.

While Bartley Green Lodge Residential Care Home in Birmingham has had double success, with two of their team shortlisted – care assistant Denise Shillingford in the Carer category and domestic assistant Gemma Garbett as Care Housekeeper.

Sarah Clarke-Kuehn, Sanctuary’s Group Director – Care said: “The whole team across Sanctuary Care feel enormously proud of our finalists, who are a shining example of the truly remarkable and devoted staff we have caring for our residents. We are over the moon they have been chosen and will have everything crossed for the finals!”

Described as a “ray of sunshine” with a “golden heart”, Denise’s nomination revealed how she makes everyone smile with her singing and infectious laughter! As well as being an amazing carer, she spontaneously organises activities to bring her residents joy and thinks nothing of coming in on her day off to spend time with them.

Denise

Denise Shillingford, a care assistant at Bartley Green Lodge Residential Care Home in Birmingham photographed after being shortlisted as a finallist in the National Care Awards

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Gemma Garbett, a domestic assistant at Bartley Green Lodge Residential Care Home in Birmingham, who has been shortlisted as a finalist in the National Care Awards 2021

Speaking of the news Denise said: “I’m so touched and grateful. I love being at Bartley Green so much that when I am not here, I really miss the residents.”

Described as someone who “exudes happiness”, Gemma not only maintains meticulous standards when it comes to her domestic role, she throws herself into anything to support the home, from baking cakes for a resident’s birthday, embracing activities to covid testing and providing comfort and reassurance to residents and their loved ones.

Speaking about her nomination she said: “I feel loved. I was over the moon when I was told and reading the nomination and what people had said about me made me feel very emotional.”

Julie Ann

Julie Ann Castro, a nurse at Watlington and District Nursing Home in Oxfordshire, outside the home after being shortlisted as a finalist in the National Care Awards 2021

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Sophie Roddick outside Mull Hall Care Home in Invergordon where she works as a care assistant

Julie Ann was described as a role model and mentor for new nurses, supporting them to develop personally and instilling values that are vital to provide truly person-centered care for their residents.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have been shortlisted. The last year has been one like no other and to be recognised for my work is truly humbling.”

Described as a “true life angel”, Sophie was nominated for her devotion to her residents. Her nomination highlights how she thought nothing of providing companionship and comfort to a resident on end of life care for hours after her shift had ended, because she wanted to be by their side.

Sophie said: “When I started in the role all I wanted to do was get to know the residents, the home team and deliver the best possible care, so to be recognised for my work in just over a year is truly amazing.”

Organised by social care publication, Caring Times Magazine, the National Care Awards are now in their 23rd year and will be taking place on Friday 19 November in London.

The awards celebrate the very best people in the social care sector, highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care.

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