Long Sutton care village turn-around staff win big at awards

Just two years after their care home was in danger of closing, staff from a Long Sutton facility have won three awards at the Lincolnshire Care Awards.

Last Thursday night, Nadine Vail, manager of Kimberley Care Village, took home the Community Health Partnerships Care Leadership award. Nadine has run Kimberley Care for less than two years but has managed to turn the home around.

“The staff here were really good but had managers come and go and then the home almost went into administration,” she said.

The care village currently has more than 80 staff.

“They needed somebody to motivate them,” Nadine added.

Manager Nadine Vail receives her award.

And that’s exactly what Nadine managed, with five members of staff making the finals and three awards going back to the care village.

Staff member Lisa Jenkins got the highly commended award for Rising Star. Nadine said Lisa was new to the care sector but had already made a big impression.

“When I go and talk to the ladies and gentlemen they love her,” Nadine said.

Rising Star Lisa Jenkins with her award.

The highly commended Outstanding Learner award went to Kimberley Care’s Linda Morris. Nadine said Linda had embraced her training through the use of technology.

“She’s an inspiration to everyone,” Nadine added.

Outstanding Learner Linda Morris.

The awards ceremony was the second annual county care awards, organised by Lincolnshire County Council.

Melanie Weatherley, chairman of Lincolnshire Care Association, said they were set-up to recognise the district’s unsung heroes.

“The amazing work carers do isn’t celebrated enough so it’s an honour to host this event and recognise the great contribution of those from the care sector in Lincolnshire,” she said.

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