We are delighted to be celebrating after our Learning and Development Manager, Marisa Spice, was crowned winner of the ‘Talent Development Award’ category at this year’s Women Achieving Greatness in Social Care Awards (WAGS) – an annual showpiece that highlights and celebrates incredible achievements of female leaders in all roles.
Recognised for her unwavering commitment to resident and nursing practice, and championed as one of the social care sector’s most influential individuals, Marisa received the highly sought-after accolade during an awards ceremony at the Hilton Bankside, London, on Wednesday 30 November, accompanied by her delighted colleagues.
Speaking about her award, Marisa said:
“I’m absolutely delighted to have received such incredible acknowledgement and to stand alongside so many remarkable ladies who I consider to be the benchmark of excellence throughout our sector. Having worked in care for many years, I’m humbled that my efforts have been recognised and this will only motivate me to continue doing a job I love doing each and every day. I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by so many exceptional colleagues, who inspire me to implement a standard of care that improves the quality of life for everyone across the industry, while creating a rich and diverse culture alongside people I consider to be not just friends, but family, too.”
Commenting on her acknowledgement, Glenda Osmotherly, Nellsa’r Director of Operations, said:
“Marisa is a remarkable individual and we couldn’t be more proud of her. The dedication and commitment she continuously delivers to those around her is not just an example to everyone at Nellsar, but carers up and down the country, and we couldn’t be more delighted to have Marisa representing the care culture we look to implement across the board at Nellsar.”
Having enjoyed a variety of roles with Nellsar over the last ten years, from Registered Nurse to Registered Manager to Operations and Compliance Manager, Marisa now specialises in learning and development of Nellsar’s staff teams.
Over the past few years, she has been at the forefront of Nellsar’s care development scheme, attending conferences, meetings and webinars regarding several areas of development. Marisa has worked very closely with external professionals from various areas and has developed many of their attributes to bring knowledge into Nellsar’s workforce. One such event that Marisa has and will continue to attend is the Social Care Nurse Supervision (Kent and Medway Nurse Clinical Supervision) group, which is supported by KCC, Skills for Care and a fellow Queen’s Nurse.
Also representing Nellsar at the WAGS this year was Leni Wood, Nutrition and Wellness Manager, who was shortlisted as a finalist in the ‘Wellbeing at Work Award‘ category. When Leni joined us five years ago, she cemented Nellsar as one of the first UK providers to recognise the value of having a Nutritional Therapist onboard. She has driven creativity and innovation in the nutrition arena, imparting her wide-ranging knowledge to both staff and residents alike.
Marisa and Leni have shown incredible commitment to their roles at Nellsar and the social care sector at large. Huge congratulations to them for being recognised for their important contributions. We’re incredibly proud of them both!