Alfie Corvera, Deputy Home Manager at Lisburn Intermediate Care Centre in Lisburn has been crowned Deputy Home Manager of the Year for Northern Ireland in the Four Seasons Health Care Awards 2016 and is through to the national finals.
These are the 1st Four Season’s Care Awards and this year over 700 people were nominated for awards by care home residents, colleagues and visitors. All entries have been of a very high standard making the judging process a difficult one. However, a winner had to be chosen and the nomination for Alfie demonstrated how she continues to make a difference and provide special resident experiences on a daily basis.
During the judging process for the Deputy Home Manager of the Year award, the panel was looking at a number of different factors which included the winner demonstrating not only the residents in their home have positive experiences but their care needs are well met, as well as evidencing how they support the Home Manger, leading the care team.
Alfie was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “This is one of the most confident and competent nurses I have ever met in over 36 years of nursing and yet she is the most compassionate and caring individual who daily inspires and leads by example in her usually very busy and hectic schedule. Alfie mentors, gives advice, offers assistance even when her time is not her own. A nurse in the true sense of the word, kind, caring, and an excellent communicator. As well as being a very astute manager, she is also a team player and a friend to all involved in our delivery of care here in the care centre. She makes a big difference in this home and in all the lives of those working and living here.”
As the winner for Northern Ireland, Alfie is automatically through to the national Four Season’s Care Awards finals. She will meet a panel of judges in for the last round of judging and will then join finalists from across the UK in Birmingham for a special event to celebrate their achievements and discover if they have won a national award.
Lorraine Thompson, Regional Manager for Lisburn and South East, said: “Alfie is definitely a fantastic asset to have in Lisburn Intermediate Care Centre. Despite the demands of her job, Alfie is always able to keep her composure. She is an exceptional role model to new nurses and takes them under her wing to ensure they are developed and deliver a high standard of care. Well done Alfie!”
Carol Cousins, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in Northern Ireland, said: “Alfie is a very worthy nomination, and I was pleased to select her as our regional winner. Being the clinical lead and Deputy Manager of a service such as that of the Care Centre you require a strength of character and personal belief that supersedes the challenges which can evolve on any day. She has shown remarkable strength in an upsetting situation providing fantastic support for her team. There was no other winner for me in this category.”
The Care Awards were open to employees from all Four Seasons homes across the UK and central team members to celebrate their commitment in the delivery of high-quality services to approximately 14,000 residents cared for in more than 300 locations.
The 14 categories have been created to recognise excellence in a variety of roles across the organisation ranging from ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’ to ‘Care Home Manager of the Year’. We also wanted to recognise the hard the dedication and commitment from our residents, their relatives and volunteers.
Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Health Care said: “The award categories are all really important as we want to highlight the fantastic people we have working here in our organization. However, I believe it is important to acknowledge the special people who go above and beyond to help others in the community, and this is why our ‘Resident or Relative Contribution’ and ‘Volunteer of the Year’ awards are so important to us.
“I look forward to seeing all of our Regional winners at the National Finals in December.”
Date published: 15 September 2017