Top care award for former Armoy woman

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A FORMER Armoy woman has picked up a top gong for care work at a glittering awards ceremony in London.

Debi Miller (nee Nicholl) won the Great British Care Home Registered Manager Award for The Care Home Registered Manager of the Year 2011.

The event was held at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

The Great British Care Home Awards are the national finals of the nine regional Great British Care Awards in Autumn 2010 when Debi won the award for Care Home Registered Manager for London and then went on to represent the capital at the finals.

The purpose of the awards is to celebrate excellence across the care sector and to pay tribute to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work.

The awards are all inclusive and bring together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors as well as unpaid carers and have national support, including the Department of Health.

Debi had to be interviewed by a panel of judges and when they announced her name as the winner said that the reason she won is because she is a “delightful, caring and passionate manager” who “combined an effective clinical role with management to support her staff”, she “leads by example” and is a “good communicator.”

“Took pride in the way the team had worked together to achieve excellence,” they also remarked.

Debi works at Garside House Nursing Home in Pimlico, London, which is part of Central London Community Health Care NHS Trust.

She was educated at Ballycastle Primary School and Ballycastle High School.

She completed her nurse training at Belfast City Hospital and has gone on to gain a BSC in Health Studies (Palliative Care) from Queens University, Belfast.

Debi is the daughter of Stephen and Kathleen Nicholl from Hillside Road, Armoy.

Stephen told the Times: “It is a big award and as a family we are very proud.”