Torquay end-of-life team wins regional care award

The Torquay team with their GB Care Award

The Torquay team with their GB Care Award. - Credit: Agincare UK

A Torquay-based end-of-life care team has been crowned the South West's 'Home Care Team of the Year' at an awards ceremony.

South Devon End of Life Project has won Home Care Team of the Year in the Great British Care Awards.

The team picked up the top award for the South West region at a special ceremony at Ashton Gate Stadium in Bristol, and now progresses to the national final on September 25 at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

The awards pay tribute to teams and individuals across the country that have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

In recognising the team’s achievements, judges said: “A dedicated and inspirational group of care professionals.  They support one another to provide the very best care and wellbeing.”

Based in Torquay, the South Devon End of Life Team works closely with Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust to deliver  support that enables people to spend their final days at home surrounded by their family, friends, memories and possessions.

Loredana Sima, manager of South Devon End of Life Project

Loredana Sima, manager of South Devon End of Life Project - Credit: Agincare UK

Manager Loredana Sima said: “I’m very proud of the whole team, and delighted that we won the Great British Home Care Team of Year award for the South West region. All of the team, each and every one, is so dedicated.

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“End-of-life care is very challenging and rewarding, where we work ten-hour shifts in rotation in what can clearly be very tough circumstances for everyone involved.

“The job requires a special type of person who is dedicated, empathetic and passionate about delivering excellent care from the heart every single day.

“We are all very hopeful that we have a good chance of winning at the national awards in September. I’m sure that there are many special entries but hope that just how much we care about what we do shines through.”

The team is part of leading independent care provider Agincare's live-in care service.

Agincare operations director Sam Mayes added: “Congratulations to the South Devon End of Life Team for winning the Great British Care Awards.

“I’m so very proud of what they’ve achieved. It’s so well deserved, they’re an outstanding team in every way, and we’re honoured to have them here at Agincare.”

Now over ten years old, the Great British Care Awards are a leading awards scheme backed by Care England, Department of Health and Social Care, Alzheimer’s Society, Care Talk, Social Care Institute for Excellence, The National Care Forum and other sector organisations.

The awards are all inclusive, bringing together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors, as well as unpaid carers; and aim to promote joint working - find out more at www.care-awards.co.uk