Two care home staff members from the same home have scooped British Empire Medals (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year Honours List.
Taking the honours at Arbrook House Care Home in Esher, Surrey, for services during COVID-19 are staff nurse Charito Romano (pictured above) and senior activities co-ordinator Andrew Rowe.
Nominated by her colleagues at the home, Romano has been an inspiration to the team. Throughout the pandemic, she has rallied her nursing and care team to do everything necessary to keep residents and colleagues safe. She also stepped up to cover the role of clinical services manager while colleagues were shielding or self-isolating.
Senior activities coordinator Rowe was also applauded for coming in on days off, adapting the activities program and keeping family and residents connected.
A third BEM for care services during COVID-19 goes to Scottish care home manager Elizabeth Saunders, of Waverley Court Care Home in Helensburgh, near Glasgow.
In the learning disabilities and complex care sector, John Godden, CEO at Salutem Care and Education, was awarded an MBE for services to the care sector during COVID-19.
An MBE also went to founder and CEO at the CareTech Foundation Jonathan Freeman for services to charity. The CareTech Foundation is a corporate initiative that, among other roles, supports and champions care workers and those living in care. Freeman is also vice-chair of the Championing Social Care initiative, which aims to raise the profile of social care, and during 2020 developed the #SparkleforSocialCare social media campaign.
At care sector and NHS food supplier Brakes, two senior staff members also picked up MBEs: supply chain and operations director Alex Mayfield and lead solution designer Ricky Sercombe, both for their contributions to the Government’s programme to provide food boxes to clinically vulnerable people during lockdown.
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By Harry Gibson