Skelmersdale care service scoops national award

The manager of a Skelmersdale care home has won a top national award for the quality of her work.

Catherine Shawarby, general manager at Birch Green Care Home, walked away with the Care Manager award at the 14th annual National Care Awards.

Birch Green provides high quality nursing and residential care for 74 older people, and is part of the Lancashire-based Springhill Care Group.

Catherine was picked as winner from among the top care organisations and businesses in the country.

Also awarded a prize were Stephen Penketh, registered manager, and Vici Beardsworth, operations manager, at the Springhill Group’s supported living service, Affinity Supporting People, who were jointly named winners of the Special Needs Manager award.

Affinity is a not-for-profit company providing care services for young people with learning disabilities.

The National Care Awards, now in its 14th year, is one of the social care sector’s premier award ceremonies, run by trade magazine Caring Times. This year’s event took place at the Hilton London Metropole Hotel, featuring TV and radio host Roy Walker, and 600 guests.

Ken Nolan, chairman of Springhill Care Group, said: “This was a great result for the team and a wonderful testimony to the quality of our managers.

“We were picked above much larger care providers, and we are particularly proud to be bringing these awards back to the North West.

“Everyone at Birch Green, Affinity and across the Springhill Care Group have worked incredibly hard over the last 12 months as we have made significant investment into many of our services, and this success shows that we are leading the way in the quality of our care.”

Award winner Catherine Shawarby added: It was a pleasant surprise to hear I had been not only nominated but shortlisted for this prestigious award.

“A great evening at the awards was really topped off with winning the Care Manager award, knowing what tough competition there was with the other finalists. It really is a pleasure to work hard with a truly professional and forward thinking team, and an honour to be able to represent Springhill Care and Birch Green Care Home in this way.

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