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WINNER in three awards categories

  • Dementia Care Personality – Shona Bradbury, Appleby House
  • Lead Dementia Nurse – Tracy Norbury, Hollins Park
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr Nori Graham, Care UK non-executive director

The annual awards recognise the very best in dementia care across the social care sector, paying tribute to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding performance in their field of work.

Appleby House in Epsom, Hollins Park in Macclesfield, and Care UK non-executive director Dr Nori Graham, were all crowned winners at the awards ceremony.

Inspiring personalities

Home manager at Appleby House, Shona Bradbury, was named Dementia Care Personality, having been recognised by colleagues and residents for her continual hard work at the Epsom care home.

During her three years at Appleby House, Shona has implemented a wealth of initiatives to make the home a more enjoyable place for people living with dementia. This includes a ‘happy café’, regular pamper sessions, a wishing well, and friendship groups involving members of the local community. The home has also become renowned for its art, and involvement in the local arts scene, thanks to Shona’s ideas and energy.

Tracy Norbury, deputy manager at Hollins Park, beat off stiff competition to win the award for Lead Dementia Nurse. With more than a decade of experience in the care sector, Tracy is renowned for her warm, welcoming and caring nature - and for being a good role model for her team.

Commenting on her win, Tracy said “I believe in dedicated, compassionate leadership and always strive to empower my team to deliver the best possible care. I am thrilled to have been recognised for my work and hope to continue to build strong relationships with my team and residents.”

Dedication of a lifetime

The final Care UK award of the evening, the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, went to Care UK’s non-executive director, Dr Nori Graham. Judges praised Nori’s breadth of in uence and sheer tenacity over decades working in the dementia care sector. She was described as being an inspiring leader and a role model – making her a worthy winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Speaking about winning the award, Nori said: “Looking back over my lifetime of work it is amazing to see progress that has been made in the care sector since I started out in 1968. I am delighted to have been able to make a small contribution and amazed this has been recognised so generously – it’s always lovely to have your hard work acknowledged but this one is extra special!”

Past achievements

In 2016 the team at Care UK’s Broadwater Lodge care home in Godalming won Best Dementia Team for their person-centred approach to delivering dementia care. Two other Care UK homes, Cleves Place in Haverhill and Appleby House in Epsom, also made it to the finals in other categories.