A group of care workers with a combined career of 140 have been commended for their long service and dedication by their employer, health and social care provider Shaw healthcare.
Seven members of staff, with a combined employment record spanning 140 years, were invited to a special award ceremony in Oxfordshire and presented with certificates to commemorate significant anniversaries with the care provider.
They included Sheila Davies-Jones, who joined Maes-y-Dderwen care home in Tredegar, south Wales as a cleaner 20 years ago before training to be a support worker in 2012. Her colleague Louise Hodson, together with Julie Watkins and Beverley Williams, from Cwm Celyn care home in nearby Abertillery, were all recognised for 25 years’ service with the provider.
Carolyn Booth, who joined Shaw in 2001 as a team leader and later became a quality manager with a UK-wide role, as well as Ruth Pinell and Sheila Hill, from Petersfield care home in Portishead, were also given an award for 15 years’ service and commended for their work with Shaw.
The awards were presented at a ceremony held by Shaw healthcare at the Manor Weston hotel in Oxfordshire, which was organised to celebrate the dedication of its longer serving staff across the country. Shaw’s deputy chief executive, Suzanne Hughes, and chief executive, Jeremy Nixey, attended the event to present the awards to the staff.
Speaking at the event, Mr Nixey said: “The long service awards were designed to celebrate those staff who have dedicated their career to providing excellent care to residents in our homes across the country, so it was a real honour for me to be part of today’s celebration.
“While the event marked the achievement of this group of employees, I would like to commend the work of all of our members of staff, many of whom will no doubt be joining us at these ceremonies for their own achievements in years to come.”
Shaw healthcare provides care for individuals in nursing and residential homes, hospitals, supported living environments and domiciliary care schemes. Its services range from comprehensive care packages through to low level support in the community for older people and adults with physical, sensory or mental health support needs.