Our Clinical Nurse Advisor Reuben Collings has been handed one of the first-ever National Social Care awards, in recognition of his outstanding work in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Reuben led our pandemic response and he has been instrumental in helping to keep staff and people we support safe.
The new Social Care Awards were announced by the government in May this year and are designed to celebrate outstanding contributions to adult social care and offer recognition in line with national NHS staff awards.
The government’s Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care Professor Deborah Study made an unannounced appearance at a recent virtual meeting to surprise Reuben with news of his silver award and say a few words about his dedication and innovation.
Our Chief Executive Hilary Crowhurst said:
“Reuben’s calm, pragmatic and above-all incredibly caring approach enabled our frontline staff to navigate what has been a traumatic and often frightening time with greater confidence.
Reuben is a highly talented and professional nurse. He embodies the spirit and professionalism of modern nursing and we are delighted to see his skills and achievements recognised with this new, national award.”
“It’s a great honour to receive one of the first of these important new awards, which recognise the importance of social care alongside healthcare.
“I’ve been really impressed and hugely proud of our staff and the resilience of the people we support through this strange and difficult time. It’s forced us to work in a completely different way, but people have been open to that and have taken the changes in their stride.”