We are delighted to announce that Lucy Hunter has been nominated for the “Care Leadership Award” at the Lincolnshire Care Awards.
Anyone who knows Lucy will know that this is a well-deserved nomination for a hard-working and dedicated member of our team.
Lucy has only been with Clarriots for two years but has made a big impact in that time with her views on how everyone in the social care sector can contribute to its ongoing improvement.
As Lucy told us, it was her personal experience that first piqued her interest in a caring career:
“My experience started when my grandad became ill. He quickly deteriorated with cancer and I provided support to my family members that cared for him, I remember wishing I could do more to help. This experience prompted me to apply for a part-time Care Assistant job when I was able to and I found myself settling in very quickly and loving meeting new people and making a difference to their everyday lives.”
Lucy clearly made a good impression in her new role, being promoted to Team Leader after six months and then training to become a Care Coordinator a further six months later, a position that she held for the next year. Lucy then took a Supervisor role with a family-owned company that helped to shape her outlook on the sector. She met a trainer who inspired and challenged her to think forward and outside of the box:
“I realised that even though I loved the care sector, I needed to show the same enthusiasm and push for change for the social care sector to continue to evolve and thrive. It was this outlook that encouraged me to consider the Care Coordinator vacancy when it was advertised by Clarriots and after some research into the company, I decided to apply.”
Lucy says she chose to join Clarriots after the company’s CQC report and the positive reviews she read on the internet sparked her interest. Upon looking into the company further, she agreed with the company vision and respected the Clarriots philosophy on delivering high quality care.
It is this philosophy that Lucy tries to live by every day in her role as Care Coordinator for the Lincolnshire area. Her role involves rostering all care calls, ensure that all staff are trained appropriately and supported continually through supervisions, appraisals and spot checks. She also works hard to conduct regular team meetings, client assessments and care package reviews. As a main point of contact for care staff and home care clients, Lucy maintains records on all incidents, accidents and concerns, completes office and staff inspections and most importantly provides leadership to our Lincolnshire care team.
Here’s what Lucy had to say about being nominated for the ‘Care Leadership’ award:
“It was all very surreal; I couldn’t quite believe it at first, but now I’m obviously very proud.
“I’m not sure if I did anything to stand out. I like to think that I complete my job role to a high standard and contribute to the social care sector the best I can. I often fundraise for different charities and I also champion Dementia care.
“I have been told since being nominated that it was my drive to change the social care sector for the better and my views on inclusion within the sector that encouraged my nomination.”
Looking to the future, Lucy is hoping to start her Level 5 Leadership and Management qualification soon and wants to contribute towards Clarriots continuing to be the best specialised care provider in the UK. In time, she is keen to progress to the position of Registered Manager and is also interested in working in compliance, as this is where she believes true change can be brought about across the sector. In Clarriots, Lucy feels she has found an innovative company that has the right environment and philosophy to break new ground in the social care sector for years to come.