Alison Southcott and the team at Camelot House and Lodge in Wellington are celebrating after being named outright winners for End of Life Care in the 2017 Care Focus South West Awards.
Their nomination beat off strong competition from across the region, winning the title in this award scheme which sets out to reward excellence across the care, support, health, housing and local communities sectors, aiming to pay tribute to those who have demonstrated outstanding excellence and commitment within their field of work or community.
Camelot House and Lodge is run by Wellington-based dementia-care providers Camelot Care, which has three other homes in the South West, in Bridgwater, Yeovil and Taunton.
This new award follows on from Alison and her team’s achievement in 2016 of achieving ‘Beacon’ status for their service for the second time running in the industry-leading Gold Standards Framework, evidencing such high standards that the home was one of only seven across the country put forward for Care Home Of The Year 2016.
Alison is now preparing to be a GSF ambassador working with homes new to the framework to help them establish best practice and prepare for their accreditation.
Camelot Care’s operations manager, Clare Woodhead, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased for Alison and her team because this accolade is so very well deserved.
“The award represents the culmination of many peoples’ year-on-year efforts to provide excellent end of life care.
“We understand only too well that when it comes to end of life care we have just one chance to get it right, and all the preparation we do to deliver the Gold Standards framework goals feeds into providing the best chance of making totally sure we do get it right for the people we support and their families.”
The award was presented at a Gala Dinner on Friday 7 April at the Wellsprings Leisure Centre, Taunton. These were the 10th annual Care Focus South West Care Awards.