Sheela Antony won the Care Innovator Award for her idea to organise the way that domiciliary care is structured – to the benefit of both carers and those they support, allowing for carers to work together, reducing lone working. Sheela created a network of local teams who are able to work together, giving a consistent care approach to those they support and enabling a better work life balance for staff. Her pilot study “Dutch Care Model”, later named as “Compatible Scheduling”, ran from January 2017 and has given excellent results including reduced staff turnover, improved team work, increased their knowledge about service users and enabled chosen care to deliver the highest quality care.
Other benefits noted included:
- Care Workers Satisfaction
- Reduced travel time
- Improved levels of continuity of care
The Chosen Care Group also won the Home Co-ordinator Award – Surya Shrestha was recognised for his dedication to the care sector and ensuring person centred care is delivered at all times.
The Great London Care Awards are part of the Great British Care Awards, a series of 9 regional awards celebrating excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards is to promote best practice within both home care and care homes sectors, and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. Winners of the Great London Care Awards will go through to the national Great British Care Awards final at Birmingham’s ICC in Spring 2018.
Bala Natarajan, Chairman & Director at Chosen Care Group, said:
“I would like to personally congratulate Sheela and Surya for their awards – they are very much deserved. An essential part of providing good care is ensuring you retain the best members of your team – it’s all about them. So as a company, we put huge value on innovations that help our carers to be more satisfied with their jobs – ultimately that translates into better care for those we support.”