Liz Smith, Manager of The Gables heads to the National Care Awards 2020

November 25, 2020

Consensus are delighted to announced that Consensus Service Manager, Elizabeth (Liz) Smith is heading to the National Care Awards 2020, having been shortlisted for ‘Care Registered Nurse of the Year.’

Liz who runs The Gables, a learning disability service with nursing support for individuals with complex nursing needs, mental health needs and palliative care in Ely, Cambridgeshire, will be joining guests at a Virtual Awards ceremony on Wednesday, 25th November.

The National Care Awards, now in its 22nd year, is the longest established Annual Awards in the Care sector. Organised by social care’s leading publication, Caring Times, the Awards celebrate the very best people in the long-term care sector, highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care. There are 18 categories all together.

Liz has been employed by Consensus for 11 years and a qualified Nurse since 1973, working in a variety of fields, including emergency nursing. Throughout her career, Liz has always advocated for the people she supports, and her values are exemplary. She is hugely respected by all who know her, from external professionals and her own support team, to the individuals she supports and their families.

Described as a highly skilled and inspirational leader, Liz’s innovative, person-centred approach has transformed the delivery of care and achieved excellent outcomes for individuals and staff. Always leading from the front, she takes a hand-on approach, working alongside the team to put strategies into practice.

Liz was nominated for the Award by Operations Manager, Simon Potts, who praised Liz for driving ambitious results as well as setting the positive and inclusive tone of the service.

In nominating Liz, Simon said, “Liz is the most dedicated Nurse I have ever met. Nothing comes before the people she supports, and her team and I believe she embodies everything that we aspire to be as professional’s in the Health and Social Care sector.”

“Liz has successfully embedding a person-centred approach, positive culture, and innovative work practices that ensuring every aspect of the individual’s care is delivered to an exceptional standard and geared towards achieving excellent outcomes,” adds Simon.

Liz said, “I’m really honoured to have been nominated for this award. As a team, we work incredibly hard to ensure we have the right skills and the right environment to support people to achieve exceptional outcomes, so for me, this shortlisting really serves as an acknowledgement of what we have achieved as a whole team.”

“Being a nurse is about valuing each individual as a person and supporting them to see the value in themselves – in their life and their goals and ambitions. Empowering people to achieve their goals, whether that is a supported individual or my support team, is the most rewarding aspect for me,” adds Liz. 

This year, Liz has also been shortlisted as a finalist for the ‘Good Nurse Award’ in the Great British Care Awards 2020, East of England regional finals, attending a virtual judging day on 20th November. The winner will be announced at a glittering Gala Event in April 2021.

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