A care training manager from the East Riding has been chosen as a finalist at the Great British Care Awards.
Debbie Walker has been recognised in the contest that aims to celebrate and pay tribute to outstanding individuals demonstrating excellence across the care sector.
Debbie, nominated for Yorkshire & Humberside’s Workforce Development Award 2019, is a training manager at Caremark East Riding, a specialist provider of domiciliary home care in the region.
“I was absolutely honoured to be nominated for the award, let alone be announced as a finalist,” says Debbie. “It really is a lovely surprise.”
The Workforce Development Award 2019, according to the Great British Care Awards website, “looks for a person who has shown incredible enthusiasm and determination in identifying training and development needs of care staff”, and has proven “their ability to enthuse and engage staff”.
Debbie, who has been in the care sector since 1997 and at Caremark since 2012, only discovered that she had been put forward for the award after returning from holiday to find a congratulations card from her colleagues waiting on her desk.
As a training manager, Debbie is responsible for the induction of new staff, identifying learning needs and ensuring each Caremark East Riding caregiver’s learning experience empowers them to be the best they can be.
Daniel Rhodes, care manager of Caremark East Riding, nominated Debbie for the award. He said: “In the six-and-a-half years she has been here, Debbie has excelled in her training of new and existing care support workers.
“Her passion and enthusiasm for excellence in the delivery of care is superb, and she consistently goes above and beyond to support her team.
“Debbie is a true ambassador to the health and social sector.”