Prestigious National Award win for Jill at The Grange

December 4, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Consensus colleague, Jill Cowdry, Service Manager of The Grange in Carmarthenshire, Wales won the ‘Learning Disability Manager of the Year’ Award at the prestigious National Care Awards which returned for the 20th consecutive year and culminated with a distinguished, black tie, Awards Presentation Dinner on Friday 30 November 2018 at the Hilton London Metropole.

Jill based in Carmarthenshire, was presented with the ‘Learning Disability Service Manager of the Year’ award with judges stating that, “Jill showed that she lives and breathes everything that makes the lives of the people she supports much better.” After Jill described her exceptional leadership qualities as ‘business as usual’, judges added that they felt her passion was amazing!

This award was created just two years ago and seeks to recognise outstanding managers within a residential care setting, day care service or sheltered housing complex, where more than 50 per cent of those supported have learning disabilities, who has initiated, maintained or developed an exceptional service for the benefit of those they support.

Jill has over 20 years’ experience in Health and Social Care and plays a huge role in motivating her team and in ensuring she and her team improve the quality of life for all who live at ‘The Grange.’

On receiving her award, Jill said, “I’m overwhelmed to have won such a prestigious award and bringing it back home to Wales to my amazing team at The Grange in Carmarthenshire was the icing on the cake. The Grange has changed so much over the last year and we are all so proud that it’s become such a great place to live and work in.”

In nominating Jill, Behaviour Practitioner Gayle Thomas said, “It is with great pleasure I gave my support to Jill for this award. Since joining the organisation, I have observed the highest levels of person-centred practice and a genuine drive to support people with learning disabilities achieve their goals and empower them in having as much choice and control of their own lives as possible.”

We are delighted and hugely proud that Jill’s award follows on from the presentation of this same award last year to another Consensus colleague Margaret Elliott, Service Manager at Heatherington House.

The National Care Awards is the longest established Annual Awards and is organised by social care’s leading publication, Caring Times. The Awards were devised to celebrate the very best people in the long-term care sector, highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care. This year there are 18 categories overall.

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