Anna Selby, Regional Director of Operations and Head of the Covid-19 Task Force at Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, has won a prestigious Knight Frank Healthcare Hero Award.
The awards, which launched this year, recognise outstanding people within the social care sector.
Anna won the award in recognition for being a highly personable and effective leader who inspires her teams to deliver industry leading care across all 46 Sunrise and Gracewell care homes.
Knight Frank were also impressed by her heroic actions during Covid-19 which not only helped to save lives, but also safeguarded the emotional wellbeing of her team members, residents and their family members.
As Head of Sunrise and Gracewell’s Covid-19 Task Force, Anna, along with other colleagues, led the organisation’s response to the pandemic in a highly effective, agile and rapid manner. Anna and other members of the team ensured all team members had adequate levels of PPE, she oversaw the operational management of residents who had tested positive for Covid-19 and altered how homes support their residents during this difficult time.
Anna has also spearheaded the introduction of enhanced visitor protocols for family members which have enabled meaningful contact during the pandemic. This enhanced visitor protocol identifies mechanisms that allow relatives to visit their loved one across all Sunrise and Gracewell care homes in a safe, controlled, and managed way where there is a clinical need. These protocols have been immensely appreciated by residents and family members alike, with many who have received this status writing personal letters of thanks for the reassurance and positive benefits it has facilitated.
Speaking of winning the award, Anna Selby said:
“I’m really proud to have won this award. These past nine months have been hugely challenging for the entire social care sector, but together with my colleagues across Sunrise and Gracewell, we’ve been able to implement an effective response to COVID-19.
“To be recognised for this work is a wonderful achievement. I look forward to building on the progress of the last few months to ensure that our residents continue to receive exceptional, industry-leading care.”
Speaking of her win, Dr Natalie-Jane Macdonald, CEO of Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare, said:
“Anna has transformed the access of our family members to their loved ones who live with us. She has straddled the balance between keeping our residents and team members safe, while at the same time enabling everyone to have the best quality of life they can.”
“She is a people’s hero, and she has helped everyone to do their best.”
Julian Evans, Head of Healthcare at Knight Frank, commented:
“We are thrilled to acknowledge the amazing people that work within the social care sector, this year more than ever. Care providers have managed the COVID-19 pandemic brilliantly, particularly given challenges including lack of testing and PPE, and we received many nominations on behalf of some truly outstanding people working within the sector.
“Our Healthcare Heroes Awards showcase those inspirational individuals who have been undertaking exemplary work in the most difficult of circumstances and have recognised some richly deserved winners.”