Local carer Alexandra announced as finalist at the Suffolk Care Awards 2017

July 24, 2017

Local girl Alexandra Keenan has been announced as a finalist for Special Recognition 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 has been praised for her caring, professional approach.

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.

Judges were searching for carers and care providers who should be recognised, honoured and celebrated for the work they do to provide high quality adult social care in Suffolk.

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 a tea party attended by some of last year’s winners and judges from this year’s awards.

This year there are 10 categories highlighting the important and crucial job that good carers and creative care providers do every day in Suffolk. The categories recognise exemplary care practice as well as inspiring care leaders and managers.

The winners will be announced at the Suffolk Care Awards ceremony on the evening of Thursday the 28thof September at Trinity Park.

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.”