A CARER has been recognised with a prestigious award for her work in ‘going above and beyond’ to support people with dementia and complex mental health issues within Leicestershire.
Chris Smalley has been recognised in the adult social care category of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust’s ‘Caring at its Best’ awards.
Her outstanding contribution in her role as a personal assistant with the Coalville-based care provider, Enrych, saw her land the award which was open to any adult social care professional in Leicestershire, Leicester, and Rutland.
Chris is the inaugural winner of the category in the awards and, on receiving it, she said: “It was a complete shock and surprise. I’m so happy to have won this but there are lots of other carers out there just as deserving so it’s as much an award for them.”
Chris has worked for Enrych as a personal assistant since 2014, supporting many individuals during this time. The role of a personal assistant involves supporting a person who has care needs to live independently in their own home and be a part of the local community.
Councillor Christine Radford, county council cabinet member for adult social care, who made the award, said: “Her kindness and friendship which Chris shows has made a huge difference to people’s lives and it’s heart-warming to know that her efforts have been recognised.
“I’d like to thank all our care and support professionals for their continued work to help protect the most vulnerable”.
Chris was nominated for the award by Bev Cowley, Enrych’s head of community development. She said: “Over the years, Chris has supported many people with complex mental health issues and each and every one of them receives first-class support.
“Nothing is too much trouble for Chris and she takes time to find out about an individual such as researching information on their condition and exploring things that will interest them and brighten their day.”
The award accolade for Chris has also been acknowledged by Bina Kotecha, associate director of systems, leadership, and organisational development at UHL.
She said: “As we continue to work towards an integrated health and social care system, we are delighted to have been given the opportunity to celebrate the integral role adult social care plays within the wider system.”
Based in Coalville, Enrych are one of many providers commissioned by the council to support residents. For more than 35 years, they have empowered adults living with a disability – and those who are socially isolated – to live the most active and independent lives possible.
To find out more, visit: https://www.enrych.org.uk/