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 OACP|TALKING CARE|INSPIRATION FOR ALL EVENT|OXFORDSHIRE CARE AWARDS 2016
 The following pages celebrate Oxfordshire’s first recipients of the social care awards recognising quality care, support and leadership in the local social care sector. A range of services were recognised, showcasing the wide array of services that Oxfordshire provides. The quality of entry was such that 14 people and organisations departed with an Award.
OACP would like to congratulate all those who entered and specifically the Winners and Highly Commended
   NEWCOMER TO CARE AWARD 2016
Winner:
Fiona Mayfield
Larkrise Care Centre, Banbury Orders of St John, Care Trust (OSJCT)
Highly Commended:
Rachel Burdett­Smith
Iffley Residential and Nursing Home, Sanctuary Care
THE CARE HOME WORKER AWARD 2016
Winner:
Chantelle Merritt & Katie Marshall Bridge House, Abingdon
Carebase Ltd
Highly Commended:
Kim Marsden
Larkrise Care Centre, Banbury Orders of St John, Care Trust (OSJCT)
THE HOME CARE WORKER AWARD 2016
Winner:
Kate Webb
Hft ­ Supporting people with learning disabilities
Highly Commended:
Zeep Gathogo Cherry Care Services
COMMUNITYSERVICESWORKERAWARD2016
Winner:
Sarah Jones
Style Acre ­ supporting people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire
Highly Commended:
Staff Team, Carterton Turning Point
THE CARE EMPLOYER AWARD 2016
Winner:
Style Acre ­ supporting people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire
Highly Commended:
Supported Living ­ Oxfordshire The Camden Society
OXFORDSHIRE HERO AWARD 2016
Joint Winner:
Sam Cleary
Style Acre ­ supporting people
with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire
Joint Winner:
Sue Hendron
Shared Lives Scheme Oxfordshire County Council
Highly Commended:
Jamie Miller Headway Oxfordshire
                                                                    Newcomer
to Care Award
Winner:
Fiona Mayfield
Larkrise Care Centre, Banbury
The Orders of St John, Care Trust (OSJCT)
Fiona always thought catering would be her career, so on leaving school she qualified as a cook. She initially found work in a local nursing home preparing and making meals and using her experience, Fiona changed jobs, becoming a Kitchen Supervisor in a school before leaving to have a baby.
Now with two children to look after, Fiona needed work that was both flexible and local. Her partner worked shifts, so Fiona asked herself, ‘what job could offer me a career and flexible working?’ She thought about the local businesses close to where she lived and decided to apply to OSJCT Larkrise Care Centre for part­time work as a Care Assistant.
“When I first started my new job as a Care Assistant I was terrified! My mum was a home carer for Oxfordshire County Council, but her career never really registered with me. What really had a big influence on me – causing me to change profession – was sorting out carers for my Nan, who is 75! I think it was this real life action that gave me an insight into care work”.
‘At first, I wasn’t sure if I was up to the job. There was lots of back to basics learning, colleague shadowing, training in manual handling, observation, and E­Learning with questions based around the job. But it was great I was completely entranced and enjoying every minute.’
Home Manager Lyndsay Sard comments: ‘Fiona’s mentor hadn’t seen anyone like Fiona. She has a deep rooted passion to care for other people and has shown huge dedication and commitment in regards to all her training requirements.’
Fiona continues: ‘Coming in the afternoon – saying hello to the dining room, seeing all those smiling faces is amazing! They’re my second family. Then off to sort people out...personal care where needed, any bed changes or laundry, help someone to write a letter, all kinds of everything. I work to the residents’ needs – everyday I’m here for them!’
Lyndsay comments: ‘Fiona makes each day happy for our residents; she comes in happy and always has a smile on her face. She is a pleasure to work with and has taken to working in care so naturally, and with ease and professionalism. She is now commencing her Diploma Level 2 in Health and Social Care with plans to progress to level 3 soon after.’
Fiona is a member of OSJCT’s Care to Talk team and the Dementia Lead team and actively participates in improving the home’s culture of excellent care, and aspiration to be an employer of choice. Colleagues have nominated her as ‘employee of the month award’ due to her caring and compassionate nature.
Fiona says, “It’s definitely a Yes! To staying in the care sector – feeling this good about work every day is something valuable, how many people can say they have that! I would encourage people to come and work in the care sector, not only is the work varied, the people are all different – every day is different! The clients are lovely, management and colleagues are incredibly supportive and fun to work with – it’s work that is diverse and very rewarding. I learn something every day and I can progress in my career!”
“It can be challenging at times – seeing end of life care – is something I have never had to experience – it blew me away. Training helps you cope. It may be difficult, but by showing our feelings, we are showing we care. You learn to accept that this is a part of the job, it’s real, and a part of all our lives. I would never like to become hardened to it – I wouldn’t be human then would I! You do come to know the people you care for really well. Going home after a shift does give you time to switch off, you pick up your own
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