A Royal Reward: Learning and Development Manager at South East Care Group Recognised in Prestigious QNI Awards

A South East care group is celebrating after one of its senior staff members was awarded one of the highest accolades in the profession for her ‘exceptional contribution’ to social care.

Marisa Spice, Learning and Development Manager at Nellsar, a family-run group of 13 care homes throughout Kent, Surrey and Essex, has been given the prestigious ‘The Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Award for Outstanding Service’ for her contribution to nursing care.

The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) Awards recognise those committed to high standards of practice and patient-centred care. The QNI supports innovation and best practice to improve care for patients.

Recognised for her high level of commitment to resident care and nursing practice, Marisa received the highly sought-after accolade during a recent online awards ceremony which included a pre-recorded speech from the Prince of Wales.

Marisa was commended for her commitment to the principles of excellent nursing care to the benefit of Nellsar’s residents, and the ability to demonstrate an outstanding contribution to both residents and the profession over and above the normal call of duty. In addition, she was praised for demonstrating passion and enthusiasm for nursing.

Speaking on behalf of the award, Marisa said: “I’m so proud and honoured to receive this incredible accolade. Having worked in social care for over 15 years, my career has provided me with so many rewarding experiences, and this is something I continue to value now! I have always enjoyed learning more about how to help others and this is for all people; residents, staff, families, health and social care professionals, and also other suppliers and providers I work or network with.”

Marisa continued: “I’m passionate about working collaboratively with others. Progress is more likely when like-minded people come together and share their knowledge and experiences. I’m lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful colleagues, who are at the heart of everything I do. I’m so proud to be a part of a rich and diverse culture of caring individuals, who are determined to develop themselves and improve the quality of life of those in their care.”

Having enjoyed a variety of roles with Nellsar since 2013, from Registered Nurse to Operations and Compliance Manager, Marisa now specialises in learning and the development of the care group’s staff teams.

Over the past four years, Marisa has been involved with a number of Skills for Care developments, including contributing towards the ‘Deployment of qualified registered nursing associates in social care settings guide’ (2021).

Martin Barrett, Managing Director at Nellsar, said: “We are so proud of Marisa, and the dedication and commitment she continuously delivers to those around her. She is a true credit to the team and nurses everywhere.”













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