An ‘incredible’ care worker from Harrow has been Home Care Worker of the Year at the Great British Care Awards.
Patrick Ruddock, Care Assistant at Bluebird Care Brent & Harrow, fought off fierce competition to be honoured for the coveted award. The awards take place throughout the UK to celebrate excellence across the care sector, paying homage to individuals who have gone ‘above and beyond’ within their field – they are highly prestigious and sought after within the industry.
This award recognises the significant role of care workers in consistently providing a high-quality standard of care to people living in their own homes, evidencing dedication, hard work, as well as an awareness of colleagues, and their own personal career growth – all traits Patrick has exemplified.
Despite this accomplishment, Patrick’s journey in care did not begin until much later in his life. For many years Patrick worked in the mechanical industry, however, after overcoming several personal struggles and challenges, he decided he needed to make a change in his life and dedicated it to helping others.
Since joining Bluebird Care Brent & Harrow back in June 2019 he has not looked back since. Going from strength to strength, he has been described as a ‘key member of the team’ and ‘highly valued by both customers and team members alike’.
Patrick’s award success means he will now be shortlisted in the national Great British Care Awards against other regional award winners from across the country at the ICC Birmingham on 17th March 2023.
Speaking about Patrick, the judges said: “Patrick stood out as the winner largely due to his overall dedication to the customers he supports. Patrick became a Carer quite late in his career and finally found his calling in life. He has overcome his initial fear of being left alone with customers and embraced the responsibility. He now mentors new staff members to enable them to overcome their fears.”
When asked about Patrick, Becky Gjorgji, Registered Care Manager at Bluebird Care Brent & Harrow, commented: “Patrick is one of the most dedicated and hardworking individuals I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside and managing. People like Patrick are key to our sector, constantly committed to the role, day in and day out.”
Reflecting on his award win, Patrick Ruddock, added: “It is a huge honour to be named winner of this award. Every day I take pride in delivering high-quality care and support to my wonderful customers across the local area. I receive this award with great pride, and it’s a lovely feeling to know my efforts are recognised.”