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The Roebuck Nursing Home celebrating their award

Dedicated care workers from across the county were recognised for their outstanding achievement during the COVID-19 pandemic at the tenth annual Hertfordshire Care Awards.

In a move away from its usual format due to the current COVID pandemic the annual care awards were delivered virtually to the care sector on the 20th November.

In a year where thanks and special recognition for our care sector is needed more than ever, HCPA pulled out all the stops to put on an evening made up of inspiring stories, celebration and thanks.

In the run up to the HCPA event care homes from across the county staged their very own care awards. Armed with an awards toolkit supplied by HCPA, the care providers were able to orchestrate their very own socially distanced event recognising their wonderful staff and the work they have done throughout the year.

Each provider was given an Outstanding Achievement plaque to proudly display at their premises, a nod to the fantastic work that they have all been doing in these unprecedented times.

Footage from the individual celebrations was sent to HCPA to be embedded into the annual awards. The presentation which was live-streamed across the county saw a host of celebrities and VIP guests send messages of support throughout the two-hour award presentation.

VIP guests included the director of adult care services for Hertfordshire, Chris Badger and Hertfordshire County Council’s executive member for adult care and health Cllr Richard Roberts.

A host of celebrity well-wishers sent messages of thanks, including appearances from the magnificent actor John Challis as his character ‘Boycie’ from Only Fools and Horses as well as American TV personality Perez Hilton.

No awards celebration would have been complete without entertainment and the 2020 event was no exception. Guests were treated to performances from the Choir on the Green, West End star Amy Bird, Hertfordshire based band The Kingmakers and many more top-class world-renowned entertainers.

On putting together, a virtual event Head of Operations for HCPA and Host of the awards Wesley Strahan-Hughes said:

“It really was a labour of love this year putting together a live, online event rather than our usual ceremony we have been staging for 10 years. We were overwhelmed with the contributions from celebrities and music acts coming forward to give their own time to say thank you to Hertfordshire’s excellent care staff.  We are proud to have been able to showcase the wonderful key workers we have working in care in our county and the companies that are supporting them in this challenging year: They have all been outstanding, and all care providers in Hertfordshire deserve the recognition they have received through our awards for their outstanding achievement.”

Through the annual Hertfordshire Care Awards, the HCPA celebrates and rewards the successes of care providers within the county and showcases why care in the private, voluntary and independent sectors in the county is outstanding.

HCPA chief executive Sharon Davies said. ‘At a time when our care providers have been stretched and tested to their very limits, we felt it was more important than ever to  celebrate and reward all of the excellent work they and their teams have been implementing across the county. The Hertfordshire Care Awards go some way to recognising their achievements. They also enable us and our partners to show our appreciation for all of the sacrifice and hard work that they have made throughout 2020.’

HCPA are a not-for-profit organisation that help adult care providers in Hertfordshire raise their standards of quality by offering fully funded training, network events and study days, funding for adult social care training courses and qualifications for their members on behalf of the government, the local authority, the NHS, and other funding agencies.

HCPA also work closely with their partners at Hertfordshire County Council, the Care Quality Commission, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Skills for Care and other public bodies, to help make positive changes in the Hertfordshire adult social care sector.