A care home manager with the Prestwick Care Group has won the Registered Home Manager of the Year Award at the Great North East Care Awards 2013.
Kathy Burns, manager of Cestria House in Jesmond, Newcastle, won the award at the event at the Hilton, where she was also joined by fellow senior carer Sheila Tindall of Belle Vue House as a finalist.
The care homes are both part of the Prestwick Care Group, a subsidiary of the family-run leisure, property and care company The Malhotra Group and the win means that Burns will attend the UK finals taking place in London next year to celebrate excellence across the care sector.
The national awards pay tribute to those individuals across nine regions including London, Nottingham, Birmingham, Blackpool, Duxford, York, Newcastle, Bristol and Brighton who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.
Kathy Burns said: “I am over the moon to have won this award especially with the calibre of the other finalists within the region. I am tremendously proud of everyone that I work with within Cestria House and Prestwick Care Group.
“For me, it’s just part of my daily job, so to be recognised nationally for it is very flattering.”
The next stage will involve another round of interviews in front of a panel of sector experts to battle it out to win Home Manager of the Year for the UK.
Chief executive of Prestwick Care Group, Bunty Malhotra, said: “It is heartening that Kathy has won and I am delighted that she has been recognised for her hard work and commitment to the residents.”