Gill, who has worked at Westholme residential and nursing home in Winchester for four years, scooped the national accolade after beating competition from 4,000 entries to win the South East Region Awards last November.
The national final, hosted by Care England, brought together the winners from the nine regional Great British Care Awards held in the autumn. Gill was the only local authority employee to win a category in the finals.
Gill said: “I am so thrilled to have been successful in winning the National Care Home Worker of the Year Award. I love my work in caring for our residents. We have such a great team at Westholme, so it’s wonderful to have good news to share about all that we do well. The award feels like a pat on the back for all of us!”
Councillor Liz Fairhurst, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care and Health, said: “Once again, I have cause to be proud of the wonderful work of our care staff and I am delighted by Gill’s success. Many people don’t consider the importance of care homes or people who work in them until they have to - either because they or a loved one needs care. Awards like this serve to reinforce how important the care profession is, and the contribution of those within it, to society.”
The judges said: “Gill’s proactive approach to person centred care shines through. She is dedicated to improving the lives of the residents and has infectious enthusiasm and passion. Her philosophy is to allow people to be who they have been. An inspirational care home worker.”
With 21 award categories, The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional events throughout England and are a celebration of excellence across the care sector. The purpose of the awards is to pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.
Hampshire County Council is the only local authority in England to be registered by the Care Quality Commission as a provider of nursing care.