Joanne, a former nurse, beat off rival nominations from all over the region as a result of her approachable, warm and understanding manner and her evident passion for the well-being of Doulton Court’s residents.
Joanne’s impressive work around bereaved inclusivity was also highlighted as an important factor for her victory. Having only worked at Doulton House since 2012, Joanne’s recognition at the awards speaks volumes about the significantly positive impact she has already had within the home.
Joanne picked up her award at a ceremony hosted by Coronation Street actress Julie Hesmondhalgh held at the Belfry Hotel in Nottingham on Friday 18th October. As a regional winner Joanne now qualifies as a finalist at the national Great British Care Awards due to be held in London 2014.
On receiving her award Joanne Oakes said: “It’s lovely to be appreciated in this way at such an important and worthy event; I look forward to attending the national ceremony next year in London as a finalist. The well-being of Doulton Court’s residents has always been my priority; for me receiving this award demonstrates just how vital it is to go above and beyond to deliver the very best care.”
The Great East Midlands Care Awards is one of a series of regional care awards that form the early stages of the Great British Care Awards. It is supported by the Department of Health and aims to celebrate excellence in social care and shine a light on the best work in the care home and home care sector throughout England.