Exceptional Staff Recognised By West Sussex Partners In Care Awards

West Sussex Partners in Care Award

The West Sussex Partners in Care annual Care Accolades recognise compassionate and dedicated people working in social care in West Sussex, and highlight the care, innovation and excellence they provide.

Due to Coronavirus restrictions, this year, the awards ceremony was postponed from its original date in March and took place virtually on Zoom on 15th October.

Representatives from our Learning Disability Services Division attended the online awards event, at which we were absolutely delighted to find out that three of our learning disability services’ teams were finalists in three of the eight categories.

Care Team Award – finalists included three of our supported living services, with our learning disability service in Horsham chosen as the overall winner. To have three services reach the top three places amongst many nominations highlights the excellent standards of care our teams provide.

Registered Manager Award – Alison Bacon, manager at our Horsham service, was awarded the overall title. This is an excellent and much deserved accolade for Alison. She brings enormous energy and commitment to her role, always placing the clients at the centre of everything that happens at the service.

Unsung Hero Award – Danny Pratt, one of our Support Workers at our Horsham service, received this award. He was nominated due to his excellent creativity and person-centred approach, and always being there for clients and colleagues.

He says, 

“There are so many unsung heroes across care. I accept this award on behalf of everyone who works hard and achieves so much.”

Alison Bacon adds,

“To be nominated for one award was a fantastic honour, to find out we had become finalists in three areas was amazing and now to find out we have won in each is quite incredible - a real testament to the team and individuals within it. We are a team across the whole service, from the clients, families, staff and myself as manager.  We all work hard to have a can do approach, we are open, honest and are great listeners. We strive for equality and empowerment so we diversify our approach to enable that. I lead the team to find ways to promote happiness, good communication, empowerment and understanding in us all, clients and staff. The team then work hard to put that into person-centred support for our clients. They certainly deserved the award prior to Covid and most certainly since too.”

Sharon Clare, Director of Operations of our Learning Disability Services Division, says,

“It was wonderful to see so many of Southdown’s West Sussex services and staff reach the top three finalists for these awards, out of over 100 nominees from across all care sectors in West Sussex. It was even more special to see that we had won three out of the eight categories. Well done to everyone and thank you for all that you do every day to support clients, and your colleagues, across our services."