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The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout the UK and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector.  The purpose of the awards are to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

There are twenty-one awards categories available for nomination, which represent all areas of the social care sector, whether it be older people or specialist services, residential or home care. From frontline staff such as care workers and care managers to people who have made an impact in other ways such as training and innovation.

The awards are all-inclusive, bringing together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors, as well as unpaid carers; promoting joint working. Working in partnership with care partners and local care associations is at the heart of the initiative; working and linking directly with local managers and networks to further promote the event.
We were delighted to bring home The Dignity in Care Award for Yorkshire and The Humber.
We were given the award for demonstrating the significance of maximising client independence, whilst respecting and maintaining privacy and dignity at all times.
We demonstrated the significance of maximising client independence and choice, whilst respecting and maintaining privacy and dignity at all times.

To win, we had to show excellence in the following criteria:

  • Being able to explain what we mean by dignity.
  • Explaining ways to influence others to enhance the dignity agenda (Rights, choices, respect etc.)
  • Providing services that protect, support and promote the dignity in health or social care contexts, in particular, services that encourage respect, privacy, self-esteem, social inclusion and autonomy.
  • Show examples of making a difference to individuals or organizations – sometimes against the odds!
  • Show plans to further improve what we do and the reasons why.
  • Demonstrated the importance of a team approach in achieving improvements in the Dignity Agenda.
  • Identified the skills/attitudes/training needed by staff
  • Demonstrated the benefits of this approach for clients and staff.
  • Feedback was given by the people involved and/or people receiving services.
  • And show how we use being a dignity champion in our work.

We were also nominated for The Care Home Activity Organiser Award.