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Care Group Continues To Pay Tribute To Staff With 2nd National Care Awards.

MMCG-CountrywideNational care home operator, Maria Mallaband Care Group and Countrywide Care Homes are set to launch their second annual awards. Voting commenced on 22nd February 2016, which have been created to acknowledge the efforts of staff and the impact they have on the lives of residents and their families.

Residents, colleagues, relatives and visitors can nominate those within the organisation who they feel have shown a unique passion and willingness to go above and beyond to deliver first class service and the best quality care.

Following the huge success of the first award ceremony, it has now been extended to include even more categories, for staff to be recognised for the relentless work.

Finalists will then be invited to an awards presentation evening set to take place at The Queens Hotel in Leeds on Thursday 23rd June 2016. The ceremony will consist of a drinks reception and dinner followed by the awards presentation and entertainment.

There are a total of 14 categories available for nomination, as well as two special recognition awards. The award categories were intended to represent all areas across the business from awards for frontline staff such as ‘Dignity in Care’ and ‘Most Innovative Activity Programme’ through to ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Head Office Hero’ for those who provide exceptional support to their colleagues.

Phil Burgan, Chairman & CEO says:

“I’m delighted to recognise the outstanding achievements of the high flyers amongst our staff.

Unfortunately the nature of the awards can’t reflect every deserving individual, but you all know who you are and you should be extremely proud of yourselves.

We are only as good as our staff. My job is to try to communicate our core values to every member of staff so that even the person with the most menial of jobs feels engaged and part of our family. It’s extremely difficult to do but hopefully these awards will go some way to thanking everyone for their hard work and commitment.

Ours is a tough profession, and it won’t get any easier in the future, but we’re here to be the best we can be. Thanks for everything.”

The Maria Mallaband Care Group (MMCG) and sister company Countrywide Care Homes are one of the country’s biggest independent providers of care for the elderly and mentally ill, along with luxurious close care apartments and retirement villas, gaining a reputation of innovation and excellence in these fields.

The group operates 70 homes across the UK and employs over 3,600 members of staff.

Awards categories are:

Dignity In Care Award

Recognising a member of staff who can demonstrate person centred care respecting and maintaining privacy and dignity at all times.


Dementia Champion Award

Recognising a member of staff who delivers care in a sensitive manner, showing awareness which is focused on the needs of those with dementia.


Home of The Year

This award will be presented to the home who has provided exceptional service to deliver a homely and welcoming place for residents and relatives. Demonstrating great team work and a commitment to the service as a whole.


Most Innovative Activities Programme Award

This award will be given to the Activity Co-ordinator who has demonstrated they can provide a needs led, varied and appropriate programme for resident showing exceptional skills and creativity in arranging activities.


Housekeeping Highflyer

This award will recognise an excellent, person centred service to clients, using initiative and demonstrating excellence in their work.


Behind The Scenes Award

Recognise excellent service and support from someone working behind the scenes who may not otherwise get the recognition they deserve. Giving exceptional service to support the smooth running of the home.


Head Office Hero Award

A member of head office staff who has provided exceptional support in a polite and helpful manner, happy to help, whatever the problem/query.


Beyond The Call Of Duty

A member of staff who has provided service above and beyond the basic requirement of their roles with evidence of dedication to the home and residents, and great support and teamwork with colleagues.



End Of Life Care Award

An individual who has provided sensitive care to palliative residents supporting their final days in a dignified and caring manner.


Manager Of The Year

Recognises a manager who supports the whole team to ensure the best, well led service for the home.


Best Newcomer

Recognising a member of staff who has joined the company since 1st January 2015 who has excelled in fitting into their role in the home and giving the highest level of service.


Masterchef Award

Recognising a member of kitchen staff who strives to ensure the residents receive quality and nutritious meals taking into consideration various dietary requirements.


Trainer Of The Year

Recognising an in-house trainer who delivers an informative and engaging training session and ensures the compliance off all staff in practical courses.


Nurse Of The Year

Recognising a nurse who achieves the highest standards of care, leading by example and fully supporting colleagues.


Judge’s Special Award

This special award will be presented to the individual whom the judges believe has made a long-term, outstanding contribution to social care.


Phil Burgan Special Appreciation Award

A member of staff who has given dedicated service and has achieved the highest standards in their role.