Cumbrian care home Colleague triumphant as the winner of the Keyworker of the Year AwardRebecca Whitehead, Head of Care at HC-One’s Summerhill Care Home in Kendal, Cumbria, has been triumphant in being named as the winner of the ‘Keyworker of the Year Award’ category at the Pride of Cumbria Awards 2022. The award ceremony took place on Thursday 23rd June 2022 at Whitehaven Golf Club in Red Lonning, Whitehaven where winners were announced and received a special trophy.  

The Pride of Cumbria Awards 2022 honoured community heroes who have gone above and beyond in the last 12 months. The awards also recognised everyday heroes in all sectors from local charities to business and education including NHS staff, keyworkers, charities, good neighbours, care workers, volunteers and young people.
Rebecca was selected as the winner of the ‘Keyworker of the Year Award’ category at the Pride of Cumbria Awards. This award recognised an individual who has played a vital role, someone who has gone above and beyond the requirement of their role to provide support to those who needed it most, under the most challenging circumstances.

Rebecca has been working at the home since she was 20. She started as a Housekeeper before progressing to Unit Manager and now Head of Care. Rebecca makes sure that all Residents receive the kindest possible care. Rebecca makes sure her team are fully trained and kept up to date with the latest guidance to deliver all the nursing, specialist care and support services that Residents require. Rebecca ensures personalised care plans of Residents consider not only medical, personal and dietary needs but also the individual’s likes and dislikes, religious preferences and suggestions from family members that might make the Residents stay at the home a little bit more enjoyable. 

Rebecca’s current role as Head of Care at Summerhill involves supporting the Home Manager with quality assurance through carrying out quality audits within the home and overseeing KCIs. 

In addition, HC-One’s Summerhill Care Home also had another finalist, Sean Moore, Resident Liaison Officer, shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Key Worker of the Year’ category at the awards. Sean was shortlisted as a finalist in recognition of his hard work, kind care shown to Residents and support to Relatives, Colleagues and local communities, as well as the dedication and passion he has demonstrated in his job role.

Rebecca Whitehead, Head of Care at Summerhill Care Home, stated:
“I was extremely surprised and overwhelmed at being selected as the winner. My passion has always been and remains to ensure our Residents are supported to live their best lives and enjoy the experiences of care home life. I’m very humbled and honoured to have been named as the winner of the ‘Key Worker of the Year’ award.”

James Tugendhat, HC-One’s Chief Executive Officer, said, 
“We are delighted that Rebecca has been selected as the winner of the ‘Key Worker of the Year’ award category by the judging panel at the Pride of Cumbria Awards this year. This is an amazing achievement, and I am so proud. 

“Being selected as a winner at these prestigious awards is a testament to the dedication Rebecca has demonstrated, even in the most challenging of times. Rebecca has truly gone above and beyond to provide the kindest care to Residents living in Summerhill Care Home 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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