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Integra staff succeed at Wales Care Awards 2016

Outstanding Service, Dignity in Care & Nurse of the Year

The annual Wales Care Awards took place on Friday 21st October 2016 at the City Hall in Cardiff. We are absolutely delighted to announce that:

  • Celia Callaghan, of Ty Nant, RCT won Silver in “Outstanding Service
  • Angela Rees, of Ty Newydd, won Bronze in “Nurse of the Year” and Gold in the “Dignity of Care” award sponsored by the Welsh Government.

We echo Angela and Celia’s sentiments on the night, who in receiving their awards both paid tribute to their colleagues at Ty Nant and Ty Newydd.  

We are delighted for both members of staff and the homes they represent:

  • Celia is Integra’s first staff member to be awarded the “Outstanding Service” award.
  • Not only is Angela the first Integra Manager to win the “Nurse of the Year” award, but she is also the first Integra team member to receive two awards on the same night!

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  • Angela is the 3rd Integra manager to receive a national award and Celia the 5th member of staff

We hope Angela and Celia’s success inspires others. 

Angela Rees (Ty Newydd, Cardiff)

The “Dignity in Care” award is decided on the night from other award winners and was awarded by the Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans AM.  

In receiving the Dignity in Care awared, Angela commented on her team at Ty Newydd (Integra's Cardiff home supporting women with mental health needs).

"Our staff have a range of experience, including one member of the team with expertise in housing, which is invaluable when it comes to helping people to move on into their own homes."

“I think it’s good to be able to tap into people’s other skills in this way as it gives them a sense of ownership in what we are trying to do at Ty Newydd.  Integra focuses on supporting people to increase their independence and to achieve their goals within the community."

“I think what I enjoy most about my job is leading and developing a team, supporting all members of staff by providing guidance, which I believe is key to us supporting our clients, providing opportunities to enhance their quality of life”

"Seeing our clients progress through their recovery and rehabilitation enabling them to move to lesser supported accommodation is very rewarding for myself and my colleagues at Integra."

Peter Max, Managing Director of Integra, paid tribute to Angela’s work as a nurse and senior manager, “Angela exemplifies Integra’s values in action and the success that comes from good personal leadership in developing and supporting our staff to help every individual client to maximise their potential.”

“Angela receiving these national awards is an opportunity to celebrate the wider success of her team at Ty Newydd, working closely with the supportive local multi-disciplinary team and LHB NHS move-on team, in helping women with complex needs to increase their independence and achieve their goals within the community.”

Celia Callaghan (Ty Nant, RCT)

Celia said: “I was surprised and very proud to be shortlisted for the Wales Care Award. But when people say to me that I give such a lot to other people I don’t see it that way.

“When you do something day in and day out you really don’t expect a reward for it".

“Caring for people is what I’ve done all my life and is just second nature to me"

Celia explained: “Ty Nant has three adjacent houses and two flats which are fully equipped to give the residents everything they need to adapt to independent everyday living.

“They need support in their activities of daily living such as cooking, cleaning and generally looking after themselves properly. We help them to increase their independence and focus on achieving goals meaningful to each individual.

“Ty Nant has had lots of successes with clients moving on and whenever we do it gives you a good feeling and lots of job satisfaction, so I’m really glad I decided to go back to work and join Integra.”

Peter Max also paid tribute to Celia saying “Celia’s award for Outstanding Service recognises her total commitment to helping everyone to make the most of their potential.  We are delighted for her and the wider reflection of the Ty Nant team’s success in supporting the rehabilitation of our clients”       

Mario Kreft MBE, the Chair of Care Forum Wales, said the Wales Care Awards had gone from strength to strength.

He said “The aim is to recognise the unstinting and often remarkable dedication of our unsung heroes and heroines across Wales".

“The care sector is full of wonderful people because it’s not just a job it’s a vocation – these are the people who really do have the X Factor"

So well done Angela and Celia from all of the Integra Comnunity Living Options team!  

 
                                                       

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