Alexandra announced as a winner at the Suffolk Care Awards 2017

October 4, 2017

Alexandra Keenan has been announced as the Winner of the Special Recognition Award in the Suffolk Care Awards 2017. Employed by Consensus as a Carer for a supported living service for people with learning disabilities and complex needs, in Ipswich, Alexandra is relatively new to care but was praised for her caring, professional approach.

For the first time, this year, judges asked that people in Suffolk who have experienced great care either for themselves or a relative to nominate their carer or care provider for the Special Recognition Award.

Alexandra was nominated by the mother of client for whom Alexandra is key worker. She said that Alexandra fully understands her son’s physical limitations and designs, and constructs daily activities that she supports him to take part in. She went on to say: “The level of care Alexandra provides matches the level provided by my husband and I”. In a letter to the Managing Director of Consensus, James Allen, she also wrote that Alexandra had made the lives of her son, husband and indeed herself so much easier, remarking that not every business is lucky to have such employees.

The second annual Suffolk Care Awards was launched back in February with 10 categories highlighting the important and crucial job that good carers and creative care providers do every day in Suffolk. The categories recognised exemplary care practice as well as inspiring care leaders and managers.

The winners were announced at the Suffolk Care Awards ceremony on Thursday the 28th of September at Trinity Park, Ipswich.

Alexandra says it is a privilege to know that the family feel the support she provides to their son and themselves. She also feels that the whole support team provide a very high quality of support to individuals and their families. Alexandra also keen to share that she has great support from her Manager and from Consensus.

Consensus are very proud that another local Ipswich service based in Redan Street was also shortlisted in the awards under the category of Care Service of the Year and were pipped to the post by other very worthy nominee’s as finalists.

Judges were drawn from care sector professionals from private and public sector organisations nationally and in Suffolk, including Suffolk County Council, the NHS, Health Education East, Skills for Care, Palliative Care Academy, and The National Association for Providers of Activities for Older People.

The Awards are run by two organisations, The Suffolk Brokerage and SAICP, Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers.

Liz Taylor, Chair of The Suffolk Brokerage said: “There are countless examples of people doing a great job of caring in Suffolk and many, many organisations operating high quality services that should be held up as great examples of splendid care in our county. We want to celebrate this great work.”

Hilary Gibbs, Chair of the Suffolk Association of Independent Care Providers said: “We are especially pleased to have a Special Recognition Award this year which gives lots of people who have experienced first-hand the great care we have on offer in Suffolk, the chance to nominate an amazing carer or fantastic care provider.”

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