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Care Award Success for North East & Scotland!

Community Integrated Care is proud to celebrate the success of colleagues from the North East and Scotland after being awarded prestigious care sector accolades at last night’s Great British Care Awards (24th November).

Fiona Barrie Higgins wins Outstanding Contribution to Soical Care Award

The evening saw Fiona Barrie-Higgins, Regional Manager in Scotland, win the highly coveted ‘Outstanding Contribution to Social Care’ Award. The accolade celebrates Fiona’s bravery and quick-thinking during the pandemic, and her unrelenting passion and commitment to the social care sector over the past 20 years.

Fiona was instrumental in providing crucial support and guidance to multiple services within her region over the past 18 months.

In one particular situation, 80% of her staff team were required to self-isolate due to an outbreak. Fiona was selfless and quick-thinking, and soon drafted in additional colleagues from across Scotland to help maintain the support required, working shifts when no other support could be found. Whilst doing this, she continued to support 10 other services within her region.

Graham Buckless wins Care Home Worker Award

Allison Cochrane, Managing Director for Scotland at Community Integrated Care, said: “Fiona has shown compassion and bravery beyond measure and showcased incredible leadership skills. When her team faced a crisis, Fiona was selfless, and her actions ensured that the people we support stayed safe. She is truly deserving of this award, and we are all so proud of her.

She continued, “After what’s been a very challenging 18 months, all of our finalists at this event our winners in our eyes.”

Graham Buckless, one of our Support Workers from Whitby Drive in the North East, was also awarded the ‘Care Home Worker Award’ recognising his commitment to the people he supports, his colleagues and his own personal development.

Graham began his career with our charity in September 2020, with only six months prior experience. Starting a new role in the midst of a global pandemic, Graham proved himself to be a proactive, responsive and ambitious care worker.

Just one month after starting his role, 18 out of 23 colleagues tested positive for Covid-19 in his service. During this outbreak Graham showed real initiative, moving into the service and providing outstanding care to every individual.

Marc Brodie, Managing Director for the North East at Community Integrated Care said: “Graham is a recent recruit to our charity and is only just starting his career in social care. His actions to prioritise the people we support really do demonstrate what a fantastic addition to our team he is.”

He continued, “We’ve received several nominations this awards season and we’re incredibly proud of all of our colleagues who were nominated.”

At the event, we had another seven incredible finalists from across the North East and Scotland:

• Care Employer – Community Integrated Care
• The Care Team Award – Ridgewood
• Care Innovator Award – Community Integrated Care, The Rugby Football League, Super League & Rugby League World Cup 2021
• Care Newcomer – Rebecca Cummings, Buttermere Road
• Putting People First – Miller Avenue
• Social Care Covid Hero – David Young, North View
• Social Care Covid Hero – Stephanie Stephen, Albert Street

Last night’s awards ceremony forms part of the Great British Care Award’s regional events that celebrate excellence across the sector. The ceremonies continue to take place throughout this month across other regions, with Community Integrated Care celebrating 24 finalists in total.

Winners from the regional events will go through to a National Finals taking place in March 2022.

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