TWO Milton Keynes care workers have won prizes at a prestigious national awards ceremony to recognise excellence in the sector.
Registered nurse Charlotte Little and gardener Ken Speed were winners at the Great British National Care Awards last week in Birmingham, and were presented with their prizes by the UK’s leading compere Steve Walls .
Both work for Milton Keynes company PJ Care, which has two specialist neurological care centres in the city – Bluebirds in Shenley Lodge and Mallard House in Grange Farm.
Charlotte won her award in the Good Nurse of the Year category, while Ken was named Ancillary Care Worker of the Year.
Charlotte started working for PJ Care in 2013 and is Lead Nurse at Mallard House, she was also recently awarded Nurse of the Year at the company’s own award ceremony.
Charlotte joined PJ Care as a registered nurse but her knowledge, energy and enthusiasm were soon recognised by her managers and she was promoted to Lead Nurse, leading a team providing care for people with progressive neurological disorders.
The judges said “: Charlotte’s passion for caring and really making a difference to someone’s life shone through.
She is resourceful, positive and dedicated in getting to know the people she supports.
Charlotte clearly doesn’t go the extra mile – but the extra 10 miles!”
PJ Care’s Chief Executive Officer, Johann van Zyl added ““It was inspiring to see the bubbly enthusiastic Charlotte get acknowledgment for making her dreams come true.”
Charlotte said: “I still can’t believe that I’ve won this award, it’s a real honour to be recognised nationally as Nurse of the Year.”
Gardener Ken Speed won his award after PJ Care told the judges he ‘regularly exceeds expectations and goes out of his way to ensure residents, their families and staff are happy’.
Judges agreed and said “Ken wants to put a lot of smiles on a lot of faces. He has a proactive approach for delivering new ideas for the benefits of the residents and staff.
He is an inspirational person and a deserving winner!
Johann van Zyl, said: “It was lovely to see humble Ken celebrate his success. This humble genuine man that plays such a big role in the success of our operation in Milton Keynes.”
Ken said: “It was an amazing evening, it’s an honour to receive such a prestigious award for just doing my job.”
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