Lincolnshire Care Workers for Outstanding Work

Three Lincolnshire care employees from the Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) have received prestigious awards from the British branch of the world’s oldest order of chivalry – the Sovereign Order of Malta.

Three Lincolnshire care employees from the Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) have received prestigious awards from the British branch of the world’s oldest order of chivalry – the Sovereign Order of Malta.

The Order of Malta’s St John’s Day Ceremony, which was held at Brompton Oratory in London on 24th June, was attended by hundreds of people including Knights and Dames of the Order, the Venerable Order of St. John and World Ambassadors.

During the event, Carol Hillier, Home Manager at Southfield House in Spalding, received a Silver Medal of Merit for her excellent leadership qualities and her drive and ambition to provide the best possible quality outcomes.

Due to her skill and dedication, Carol has successfully progress from Home Administrator to Home Manager with a continuously high performing home that has exceeded every target set. She is dedicated to helping her team achieve positive outcomes for the home and empowers her senior team to take ownership of development within the home, encouraging their participation in the home’s ongoing internal and external compliance with regulations. According to colleagues, Carol works with the highest level of integrity and is very worthy of such a prestigious award.

Caroline Dunagan, OSJCT Assistant Operations Director for Lincolnshire, also received a Silver Medal for her attention-to-detail and motivational leadership, which has helped the Trust’s Lincolnshire care homes achieve 100% compliance with CQC guidelines and earn numerous internal quality accreditations.

During her six years with the Trust, Caroline has taken Lincolnshire to the top of the tables in terms of quality and occupancy, which is now routinely above 95%. She has also negotiated numerous agreements with the NHS and Local Authority, while also acting as operational lead on the design of all of the Trust’s new services and sitting on the board of the Lincolnshire Care Providers Association.

Finally, Mark Wood, OSJCT Assistant Director of Housing & Support, earned a Silver Medal for his understated determination, great judgment & loyalty, and a true commitment to OSJCT’s service users.

During his 13 years with the Trust, Mark has built a team of property professionals who have saved the Trust hundreds of thousands of pounds, in addition to successfully taking responsibility for the organisation’s Extra Care Housing provision.

In addition to his role as Assistant Director of Housing & Support, Mark leads on Health and Safety matters for the Trust – a role he undertakes diligently and with great sensitivity to the balance between the management of risk and the freedom of residents to enjoy their lives to the fullest.

Kevin Hall, OSJCT Operations Director, said:

Each year, the Sovereign Order of Malta recognises some of our county’s finest care employees, and this year is no different. Carol, Caroline and Mark are three of the hardest working employees within the Trust and we couldn’t be prouder having them as part of our team.

Delivering the highest level of person-centred care is our utmost priority, and our employees earning such a prestigious national award is a testament to all of the passion and dedication our employees have to meeting the needs of each and every one of our residents.

The British Association of The Order of Malta was founded in 1875. A worldwide organisation dating from the eleventh century, the Order of Malta has 12,500 members, with around 300 belonging to the British Association.

The Order of Malta is one of the sponsoring Orders of OSJCT (the other being the Venerable Order of St John), and it provides eight of the organisation’s Trustees. The Order’s mission is to help those in need, and OSJCT’s provision of care for older people forms part of this mission.

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