Recognition for all our efforts in the East of England’s Great British Care Awards

November 12, 2021

Accolade shows what makes our care services special

We are honoured to be named ‘Care Employer of the Year’ in the East of England by the judges of the Great British Care Awards 2021.

This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate an employer’s commitment to care and how this is achieving success in delivering an excellent service. Employers should be able to demonstrate business management integrity, entrepreneurial flair and a sustained track record of supporting staff to deliver high quality care and manage improvement.

Consensus was established in 2005, with a head office in Colchester, Essex and a cluster of homes in the East Anglia region. We have grown to be a leading provider of support and care for people with learning disabilities, autism and additional complex needs (including Prader-Willi Syndrome) with 98 services across the UK. The Care Employer award reflects our continuous efforts to guarantee the people we support are cared for in an environment that meets their needs, while ensuring our colleagues are recognised and rewarded for their hard work and dedication.

Deborah Cotton-Soares, Quality and Compliance Director, presented our award submission to the judging panel, and said: “They were interested to know what made us different and made us stand out from other care employers. I told them about how strongly we are committed to our values, which are embedded throughout the organisation and in everything we do. We ensure that every decision is centred around achieving a positive impact for the people we support as well as our amazing staff. Just as we believe in opportunity, choice and success for the individuals we support, it’s equally true for our own colleagues.

“A determination to build on best practice, always improve and deliver the highest quality care is also shown by our Quality strategy and team; all the training, learning and development, and career progression opportunities we offer;  a focus on the wellbeing of everyone who works with us; plus a staff Benefits scheme that is above and beyond any other in the care sector.”

Consensus will be heading to the Great British Care Awards National Finals in March 2022 and, as a finalist from the East of England, will come together with all the other regions for the ‘Care Employer of the Year’ category.

See more about working with Consensus on our Careers pages. 

Second award success

Colleagues and teams across the East of England were also shortlisted as finalists for four other awards:

  • The Social Care Nurse Award: Liz Smith, The Gables
  • The Care Home Registered Manager Award: Liz Smith, The Gables
  • The Care Home Registered Manager Award:  Sam Almond, The Pines
  • The ‘Putting People First’/Personalisation Award: Jackie Preston, Best Practice & Operational Support Manager and our team of Quality Checkers

Many congratulations to Liz, who took the Social Care Nurse title in the region for the second year running! This award acknowledges the important role of specialist nurses working in the care sector in integrating their nursing skills with social care, and promoting the emotional, physical, psychological and social health of the people who they support. As the award winner, Liz was described as: “A role model…Her team take inspiration from her… For the individuals, she is a source of great joy and love. She intuitively knows how to connect with each person on their level and their wellbeing is at the centre of everything she does.”

Looking ahead…

In total, Consensus has 12 regional finalists shortlisted in seven Great British Care Awards categories, which pay tribute to individuals across the care sector who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

That includes four finalists across four award categories in the North West regional final, to be held on 13 November in Manchester, and three finalists for The Care Home Registered Manager Award at the East Midlands regional event on 25 November in Nottingham.

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