COVID-19 Lead shortlisted as a finalist for prominent Social Care Covid Hero AwardLiz Whyte, COVID-19 Lead at HC-One has been shortlisted as a finalist at ‘The Social Care Covid Hero Award Category’ category at the York and Humberside Region of the Great British Care Awards 2022 by the judging panel.

The Regional Great British Care Award events are taking place throughout the UK and celebrate those individuals who demonstrate excellence within the care sector. The awards pay tribute to those who have shown outstanding skills and talent within their field of work across 23 different award categories. Liz has been shortlisted as a finalist in ‘The Social Care Covid Hero Award’ category due to demonstrating that she has gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 crisis. Liz has shown creative, innovative, a flexible approach, selflessness, dedication and a commitment to maintaining the safety, as well as physical and emotional wellbeing of Residents and Colleagues. 

Liz has been instrumental in steering HC-One care homes safely through the COVID-19 pandemic. She has been a pillar of support and unwavering commitment to everyone. 

She has demonstrated true leadership and teamwork in equal measures. Liz has coached those around her to take on additional responsibility and empowered others through the personal relationships they build with those around them. 

At the start of the pandemic when it was apparent that homes would be likely to be hit hard by the pandemic, HC-One put a number of teams into place to deal with translating, interpreting and communicating the guidance coming from central government and from Public Health England. Liz led one of these teams, taking a central and high-profile role within the organisation and very quickly found herself having to work at pace to deliver complex guidance across a constantly changing environment.

Liz and a Colleague took an innovative approach to how she did this, launching a weekly internal Coronavirus Blog - this was a clever way of engaging the homes, whilst adding an element of humour to their information, which kept everyone smiling throughout a highly challenging situation. Liz’s unwavering commitment and empathy for Residents, Colleagues, and Relatives has been seen by those working with her. 

Hearing of the news of her being shortlisted as a finalist Liz Whyte, COVID-19 Lead at HC-One, said:
“I am delighted to have been shortlisted as a finalist at the York and Humberside Region of the Great British Care Awards 2022. 
“I am a Nurse at heart and the care and wellbeing of Residents and their families is paramount to the work I do.”

Liz Whyte is one of nine HC-One finalists shortlisted in the York and Humberside Region of the Great British Care Awards 2022. The award ceremony of the Great British Care Awards 2022, Regional Awards for the York and Humberside region takes place at the Leeds Armouries on Friday 11th November 2022 when the winners will be announced. Successful winners of the York and Humberside regional awards will progress to the national finals of the Great British Care Awards 2023 taking place on Friday 17th March 2023 at the ICC in Birmingham.

Julie Kerry, Director of Quality and Chief Nurse at HC-One who nominated Liz Whyte for the award, said:
“I am delighted that Liz has been shortlisted as a finalist by the judging panel at the York and Humberside
Region of the Great British Care Awards this year. This is an amazing achievement, and I am so proud of Liz and everything she has achieved. 
“Liz has played a vital role in ensuring the best care for thousands of Residents over the past 30 years, I couldn’t think of anyone who is more deserving of this award.
“Being shortlisted as a finalist at these prestigious awards is a testament to the dedication Liz has demonstrated, even in the most challenging of times. Liz has truly gone above and beyond to provide the kindest care to Residents and support to Colleagues, Relatives and those within the local community, supporting our mission to be the first-choice care provider in each of the communities that we serve.”

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