By Debbie le Quesne

Our Award – Your success

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Welcome to our new blog and to get things rolling we can share with you some brilliant news.

In our times working together we’ve campaigned long and hard as a profession to be recognised for the quality services we provide.

As an industry we’ve been misunderstood, often corporately condemned by the Press for the actions of single, rogue providers and frankly, at times beaten by the challenging economics of the sector.

Now, however, we really have something to shout about – and it’s good news!

And it reflects well on all the hard work as service providers in community, residential, nursing and learning disabled business you have made to the West Midlands Care Association and the industry generally.

Recently, in the Great West Midlands Care Awards, I was honoured to win The Outstanding Contribution To Social Care Award after being nominated by the local authority in Dudley.

I was really shocked to receive this accolade. It recognises the long-term contribution I have made to the care sector. But in all conscience, I cannot possibly own this award as my own.

I may well be the Care Association’s Ambassador, but without the brilliant team at Globe House, the selfless commitment of Association Directors and members and those we partner to shape the future of care, we would not be celebrating this success.

It’s not really my award at all, it’s OUR award.

For me, it recognises the untold hours of hard work you all put in to bring quality and dignified care to those who are not just clients and patients, but the very reason we exist.

It’s a huge team triumph and it recognises in particular, the commitment of Dudley Council’s belief in working together, and perhaps more importantly, the support they clearly want to give to the Industry.

The shape of care is changing at a pace driven by Government policy and it can be a bumpy journey. As we shape the future together, the agencies of change, will look to reliable people to make a smooth transition. You are those people.

Without wishing to be patronising, you are all – whether a carer, nurse, social worker, local authority councillor, officer or director, service provider, or one of the this industry’s acclaimed volunteers – worthy of this award.

It would be easy just to sit back and enjoy the glory, but we can’t. This award is a piece of cut glass, but it also provides a glittering platform from which we’ll continue to work together.

After this success at the ICC, Birmingham, the Association now goes forward to the national awards next year. Fingers crossed!

Debbie Le Quesne, CEO

Written by debbielq

October 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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