June Lyons Welsh Care Awards 2018

June Lyons wins Gold medal at Cardiff Care Awards.

The Wales Care Awards are a celebration of excellence across the Wales care sector.  The purpose of the awards is to congratulate those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field. The Wales Care Awards is an annual event run by Care Forum Wales to showcase best practice across the care sector.

This highly prestigious event attracts 450 attendees from the care sector every year and is an occasion to recognise commitment to the industry. There are awards in 20 categories including Care Practitioner Awards, Registered Manager Awards, Commitment to Training Award and the Craig Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year saw June Lyons who retired earlier in 2018 after 33 years service at The Lodges, nominated in the category “Outstanding Service Award”. The award ceremony held at Cardiff City Hall saw June win the Gold Award in this category thereby ensuring her remarkable achievements in the care industry were rightfully recognised by her peers.

June has worked for Ty Draw Lodge since 1985 and has been a caring and diligent registered manager who dedicated her life to the home.

June is incredibly well respected and well thought of by staff as well as residents and their families.

June although approaching 70 this year showed no signs at all of slowing down in her learning and development. She stayed abreast of current legislative reform and actively involved herself in the recent legal reform in Wales. (RISCA and SSWBA Wales).

Recent CIW inspections noted that other professionals had commented that “the manager is on the ball” and that couldn’t be more true. June left no stone unturned or referral unsent when it comes to health concerns of the residents and led staff to develop an amazing underpinning knowledge of the health conditions and comorbidities (often dementia related) of the residents.  June became qualified in dementia mapping, arranged professional falls training and arranged state of the art equipment (a new Elk lifter) and was always looking to improve services for residents.

Mary Cottrell CEO of Everycare UK and The Lodges commenting on the award said ” I couldn’t express in words just how grateful I am to June for her years of dedication to both me personally but more importantly to the hundreds of residents she has looked after. I have seen her cover half shifts in the middle of the night, too often this meant leaving her family to do so, but she was always happy to make compromises between her home and worklife to ensure our residents has the best possible care they could. It was wonderful to see June after so many wonderful years dedication to The Lodges and their residents being recognised at such an important event. I am sure all our residents and their families across almost four decades will be as pleased as we are that June won this prestigious award. A very special evening indeed”.