Group of people waving to celebrate award finalists

One of Scotland’s leading care providers is celebrating as four talented members of their team have been announced as finalists at this year’s prestigious Scottish Care Awards.

Cammy Head, Senior Carer at Balhousie Pitlochry and Lysette Ingram, Carer at Balhousie Coupar Angus have been selected as finalists for the Emerging Talent award. Balhousie Rumbling Bridge’s specialist Huntington’s Unit has been shortlisted for the Specialist Service Unit of the Year award, and Kyle Manns, Regional Learning and Development Facilitator, has been announced as a finalist in the Training, Learning and Staff Development award category.

Since Cammy joined Balhousie Pitlochry three years ago, he has shone in his role as a Carer and has displayed an aptitude and passion for training others, including his colleagues at Pitlochry and throughout the wider business. Cammy said:

“I was really surprised to be nominated for this award and even more so to be a finalist. It feels great to be nominated and that my passion has been recognised.”

Fellow finalist, Lysette, was completely new to the care sector last year. Since then, she has gone on to apply to study to become a nurse while continuing to work at Balhousie Coupar Angus and been accepted on a fiercely competitive student programme with the Open University. Lysette is thrilled to be nominated. She said:

“Wow, a great confidence boost to be recognised for this award. Thank you! It’s an honour to be a carer to all our lovely residents. Shout out to my brilliant co-workers at Coupar Angus!”

Kyle Manns joined Balhousie Care Group at the beginning of this year and, in that time, he has re-energised the company’s training procedures, introducing various new methods and modules for learning. His welcoming and interactive approach has proved very popular and well-received by his colleagues. Kyle said:

“I am humbled and honoured to be selected as a finalist. Thank you. For me it’s about every single member of our team making a difference for our residents.”

Finally, Balhousie Rumbling Bridge’s 18-bed Huntington’s unit is one of the only specialist facilities of its kind in Scotland that helps people living with a complex, degenerative disease. The unit provides its residents with a home where they feel safe and can continue to enjoy a good quality of life.

Morag Shea, Home Manager at Balhousie Rumbling Bridge, said:

“I am delighted for the residents, their families and the staff, that the Huntington’s (HD) unit at Rumbling Bridge is a finalist at the awards. Further improvements in the unit over the last year have seen staff embrace all opportunities to enable them to develop the skills to enhance the care and support for the residents. It is a pleasure to work in the HD unit and enhance the lives of all that we support.”

Karen Johnson, Interim Managing Director at Balhousie Care Group, said:

“I cannot overstate just how proud I am of our finalists for this year’s prestigious Scottish Care Awards. All of our staff work incredibly hard and to see recognition from the sector is a crucial way to honour the care they give every single day.”

Lieven Baten, Chairman at Balhousie Care Group, said:

“I am delighted to see four members of our staff progress as finalists at the Scottish Care Awards. Recognition like this is a wonderful and worthy celebration of the fantastic work of the whole of the care sector. I’d like to wish our finalists the very best of luck for the awards next month.”

The Scottish Care Award winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony, hosted by Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus and Scottish Care CEO, Dr Donald Macaskill, on the evening of Friday, 17 November 2023 at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow.