Williton care worker invited to attend the great British Care Awards

Somerset County Gazette: ROSS Isbell receiving his Somerset Care Award in September with Madeleine Flanagan. Photo: Submitted. ROSS Isbell receiving his Somerset Care Award in September with Madeleine Flanagan. Photo: Submitted.

A CARE worker from West Somerset is celebrating after being invited to attend the Great British Care Awards.

Ross Isbell, deputy manager at Croft House, in Williton, received a Somerset Care Award last September for his commitment and dedication to the residents and staff at the care home.

Following this, he was invited to the local Great South West Care Awards in Bristol.

Although he wasn’t selected as a winner on that occasion, he was ranked as one of the highest in his category and has now been invited to the finals for the Care Awards in April.

Next month, Ross will travel to London with his manager, Madeleine Flanagan, to attend a judging day where he will be interviewed, have his photo taken, and a short video will be made that will be shown at the gala dinner in April.

Speaking on Ross’s achievement, Madeline said: “We are all so proud of Ross; he works so hard to ensure that each resident and staff member is treated with respect and dignity.

“He is a true ambassador for the home and for the company.

“All of us at Croft House and Somerset Care have got our fingers firmly crossed for Ross and wish him the best of luck at the finals.”

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12:15pm Tue 25 Feb 14

ShoulderToShoulder says...

Lib-Dem Paul Burstow, whilst Minister for Social Care at the Department of Health, made the following fraudulent and specious claim, shortly before being sacked:

"These awards demonstrate the commitment of social care
employers to develop a high calibre workforce and the dedication
of social care staff to provide high quality services.

The Great British Care Awards value some of the best people in
the social care workforce. They reward those organisations that
value their workforce as well as supporting and developing the
individuals who work for them. There is a clear connection between
the quality of the workforce and the quality of services provided to
the public. Investing in the workforce results in better services for
the people we serve.

The Department of Health supports these awards because
they recognise excellence and reward innovation and thinking
differently about how services are delivered. I would like to
congratulate all the winners – not just the individuals but their
organisations too. It is right to celebrate the success of high
quality services. Being innovative and flexible is something the
Government is keen to celebrate and reward in a rapidly changing
sector."

The real world however, is vastly different from the saccharin-coated version, as presented by unelected Con-Dem coalition millionaires.

Somerset County Council's services for people with learning disabilities are under the very immediate threat of further cuts and possible steps towards or outright privatisation. These vital services are under 'review' whilst Somerset County Council conducts a so-called 'consultation'. Meanwhile however, the group of Tory councillors which currently controls the council, are sharpening their axes and preparing to implement their plans to hand over the service to the private sector.

Let's not forget of course, that Somerset Care is a company that emerged to take over Somerset County Council's residential care for the elderly over twenty years ago.

Somerset County Council Learning Disabilities care workers should as a matter of urgency take a look at what is happening in Doncaster.

Doncaster today, Somerset tomorrow?

Care UK workers in Doncaster have voted by over 90% for serious action against attacks on pay and conditions.

The Unison members have decided the action they want to take is a seven-day strike, with continuous action short of a strike, including withdrawal of goodwill.

They are now waiting for national authorisation. In the consultative ballot 118 votes were cast and 113 voted to strike. This was out of 167 workers who were balloted.

In September 2013 the tender for Doncaster's learning disability supported-living service was sold to the cheapest bidder, the Tory bedfellows and personal friends of Conservative health ministers everywhere, Care UK.

The learning disability service, previously part of the NHS, was Doncaster's flagship service with integration, individuality and inclusion; enriching the lives of its service users and providing staff with a job they could be proud of and proper training.

Now, service users with complex mental health needs are suffering as staff they have known for years are leaving in their droves out of fear of pay cuts.

In December, Care UK unveiled its plans to make the service more 'financially viable'. This means no enhanced pay for unsociable hours worked - an average of a £500 a month pay cut in real terms. There are other cuts to terms and conditions.

This proposal was overwhelmingly rejected by Unison members and a ballot for strike action was issued, the ballot came back in favour of industrial action.

Care UK then came back with the concessions they were willing to make in order to avoid a strike.

A whopping £1 an hour extra for night shifts and £2 an hour for weekends and bank holidays. In real terms an estimated average pay cut of only £440 a month! No wonder the results of the second ballot are nine-tenths in favour of action.

In the meantime Care UK has attempted to bypass the unions by individually contacting employees and offering to buy them out of their contracts for a one-off taxable payment which will be the financial difference between working for the NHS and working for Care UK.

Employees have been given a deadline of 21 March to accept this offer.

The company has said that unless an agreement is reached between themselves and the unions, on 23 March all employees previously on NHS contracts will be sacked and offered re-employment on Care UK's terms and conditions.

Further information at www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk

The strike is planned to start at 7am on Thursday, until 7am on Thursday, March 6, and will be followed by industrial action short of strike.

Further information also at: http://www.doncaster
freepress.co.uk/news
/care-workers-strike
-action-is-set-to-st
art-1-6460558

or at: www.shopstewards.net


Solidarity with the Doncaster care workers!

Support the Doncaster Care Workers' Strike against attacks on their pay and conditions!
Lib-Dem Paul Burstow, whilst Minister for Social Care at the Department of Health, made the following fraudulent and specious claim, shortly before being sacked: "These awards demonstrate the commitment of social care employers to develop a high calibre workforce and the dedication of social care staff to provide high quality services. The Great British Care Awards value some of the best people in the social care workforce. They reward those organisations that value their workforce as well as supporting and developing the individuals who work for them. There is a clear connection between the quality of the workforce and the quality of services provided to the public. Investing in the workforce results in better services for the people we serve. The Department of Health supports these awards because they recognise excellence and reward innovation and thinking differently about how services are delivered. I would like to congratulate all the winners – not just the individuals but their organisations too. It is right to celebrate the success of high quality services. Being innovative and flexible is something the Government is keen to celebrate and reward in a rapidly changing sector." The real world however, is vastly different from the saccharin-coated version, as presented by unelected Con-Dem coalition millionaires. Somerset County Council's services for people with learning disabilities are under the very immediate threat of further cuts and possible steps towards or outright privatisation. These vital services are under 'review' whilst Somerset County Council conducts a so-called 'consultation'. Meanwhile however, the group of Tory councillors which currently controls the council, are sharpening their axes and preparing to implement their plans to hand over the service to the private sector. Let's not forget of course, that Somerset Care is a company that emerged to take over Somerset County Council's residential care for the elderly over twenty years ago. Somerset County Council Learning Disabilities care workers should as a matter of urgency take a look at what is happening in Doncaster. Doncaster today, Somerset tomorrow? Care UK workers in Doncaster have voted by over 90% for serious action against attacks on pay and conditions. The Unison members have decided the action they want to take is a seven-day strike, with continuous action short of a strike, including withdrawal of goodwill. They are now waiting for national authorisation. In the consultative ballot 118 votes were cast and 113 voted to strike. This was out of 167 workers who were balloted. In September 2013 the tender for Doncaster's learning disability supported-living service was sold to the cheapest bidder, the Tory bedfellows and personal friends of Conservative health ministers everywhere, Care UK. The learning disability service, previously part of the NHS, was Doncaster's flagship service with integration, individuality and inclusion; enriching the lives of its service users and providing staff with a job they could be proud of and proper training. Now, service users with complex mental health needs are suffering as staff they have known for years are leaving in their droves out of fear of pay cuts. In December, Care UK unveiled its plans to make the service more 'financially viable'. This means no enhanced pay for unsociable hours worked - an average of a £500 a month pay cut in real terms. There are other cuts to terms and conditions. This proposal was overwhelmingly rejected by Unison members and a ballot for strike action was issued, the ballot came back in favour of industrial action. Care UK then came back with the concessions they were willing to make in order to avoid a strike. A whopping £1 an hour extra for night shifts and £2 an hour for weekends and bank holidays. In real terms an estimated average pay cut of only £440 a month! No wonder the results of the second ballot are nine-tenths in favour of action. In the meantime Care UK has attempted to bypass the unions by individually contacting employees and offering to buy them out of their contracts for a one-off taxable payment which will be the financial difference between working for the NHS and working for Care UK. Employees have been given a deadline of 21 March to accept this offer. The company has said that unless an agreement is reached between themselves and the unions, on 23 March all employees previously on NHS contracts will be sacked and offered re-employment on Care UK's terms and conditions. Further information at www.socialistparty.o rg.uk The strike is planned to start at 7am on Thursday, until 7am on Thursday, March 6, and will be followed by industrial action short of strike. Further information also at: http://www.doncaster freepress.co.uk/news /care-workers-strike -action-is-set-to-st art-1-6460558 or at: www.shopstewards.net Solidarity with the Doncaster care workers! Support the Doncaster Care Workers' Strike against attacks on their pay and conditions! ShoulderToShoulder

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