Christina Ajao, Deputy Home Manager at Norwood Green Care Home in Southall has been crowned Deputy Home Manager of the Year for the South East of England 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 Christina 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.
Christina was nominated by a colleague. Her nomination read: “Chris is a dedicated, caring and honest person. She ensures the smooth running of the home; her clinical expertise wows the doctors at times. She is well deserving of this award and I am sure numerous relatives, residents and the team would agree.”
As the winner for the South East of England, Christina 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.
Donna Johnson, Regional Manager for London Home Counties, said: “Christina is a very competent deputy who always goes the extra mile, and never asks for anything in return. Well done Christina! This award is very well deserved.”
Jo Vasey, Managing Director for Four Seasons Health Care in South East England, said: “Christina’s leadership and camaraderie has helped the home go from strength to strength. She’s a fantastic asset for them to have, as she’s always willing to help no matter what.”
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