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SARA’s 2024 award categories announced

The SARAs’ are back!

We are thrilled to announce the return of Springfield’s Staff Annual Recognition Awards (SARAs) for 2024! These awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of our staff and the positive impact they make on the lives of those we care for.

The ceremonies will be held on:

  • 26th June (Homecare)
  • 27th June (Care Villages)

We are committed to recognising the hard work and dedication of our teams, and the SARAs are a wonderful way to do just that. We look forward to celebrating with our staff!

Voting is open from Mon 8th April till Fri 10th May.

SARAs Categories – Homecare

Care Newcomer Award

This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate a new member of staff who ideally commenced and remained in employment with Springfield Healthcare since June 2023. The individual can either be returning to the care sector after at least two years away or be joining the care sector for the first time.

Support Team Member Award

This award will recognise an excellent, person centred service to clients, demonstrating dignity and respect through ancillary services, (for example, Human Resources, Quality, Regional, Finance, Clinical Services, Activities, Assessor, Training etc). Candidates should be able to provide examples of initiatives and excellence in their work and pride themselves on outstanding client feedback.

Home Care Worker Award

This award recognises the significant role of the Home Care Worker in consistently providing a high quality standard, for people living in their own homes. Evidence of dedication, awareness of colleagues and career development through training will be important elements for the judges.

Leadership Award

This award is to recognise a Manager, Coordinator, Supervisor, Senior Care Worker or a Team Leader that has shown clear commitment to improving the delivery of care and support within their team. Someone who has shown leadership qualities by reflecting on what could be better and supporting others to bring about change.

Front Line Leaders Award

This award will be given to a person who is a supervisor, senior care worker, team leader or a first- time manager and has shown clear commitment to improving the delivery of care and support within their team. A person who has shown leadership qualities by reflecting on what could be better and supporting others to bring about change.

Care Team Award

This award will be presented to the team who are able to best demonstrate a shared vision and agreed goals. The team should have a leader whose role is known and accepted and who takes personal responsibility for their tasks. Teams should have an excellent communication process and each member’s skills should be recognised within the team. Demonstrating a commitment to dignity and privacy for clients and also respect for team members is paramount.

Palliative Care/End of Life Care

This award will be given to the person who demonstrates how special and professional they have to be to be able to support someone who is at the end of their life. They should be able to explain the training they have had to take on this role and how important dignity and respect is at this time. They should also explain how they can support the family and friends during this difficult time.

SARAs Categories – Care Villages

Dementia Ambassador Award

This award will be given to an individual who can reflect the specific skills needed to manage and deliver services sensitive to the needs of older people with dementia, and which reflects an awareness by Springfield Healthcare that investment in this type of service provision will meet increasing demand in the future. 

Front Line Leaders Award

This award will be given to a person who is a Deputy Home Manager, Care Practitioner, Clinical Lead, Community Lead, Nurse, or a Senior Care Worker and has shown clear commitment to improving the delivery of care and support within their team. A person who has shown leadership qualities by reflecting on what could be better and supporting others to bring about change.

Care Worker Award

This award recognises the significant role of the care worker in consistently providing a high quality standard, for people living in residential care. Evidence of dedication, awareness of colleagues and career development through training will be important elements for the judges.

Rising Star Award

This award seeks to acknowledge and celebrate a rising star of the future within Springfield Healthcare. The individual can either be a new member of staff who ideally commenced and remained in employment with Springfield Healthcare since June 2023, has received a promotion since June 2023, or an individual who shows great potential as a future leader. If a new starter, the individual can either be returning to the care sector after at least two years away or be joining the care sector for the first time.

Palliative Care/End of Life Care Award

This award will be given to the person who demonstrates how special and professional they have to be to be able to support someone who is at the end of their life. They should be able to explain the training they have had to take on this role and how important dignity and respect is at this time. They should also explain how they can support the family and friends during this difficult time.

Care Team Award 

This award will be presented to the team who are able to best demonstrate a shared vision and agreed goals. The team should have a leader whose role is known and accepted and who takes personal responsibility for their tasks. Teams should have an excellent communication process and each member’s skills should be recognised within the team. Demonstrating a commitment to dignity and privacy for residents and also respect for team members is paramount. 

Support Team Member – Front of House Award 

This award will recognise an excellent, person centred service to residents, demonstrating dignity and respect through front of house ancillary services for example; reception, wellbeing & activities, hospitality, admissions/assessments, occupancy/enquiry, and regional team support (eg. specialist services, medications, dementia & wellbeing etc).The person will have shown attention to detail, efficiency and caring in all they do and without their help, carers would not be able to do the work they do. 

Support Team Member – Back of House Award 

This award will recognise an excellent, person centred service to residents, demonstrating dignity and respect through back of house ancillary services for example; marketing, housekeeping, HR, maintenance, finance (in the home or regional support), kitchen, employee wellbeing, and training. The person will have shown attention to detail, efficiency and caring in all they do and without their help, carers would not be able to do the work they do. 

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