A Perthshire care home worker who rose to Internet fame earlier this year was recognised at this year’s prestigious Scottish Care Awards, which recognises the very best of those working in the care industry.

Ross Balmer, who works at Balhousie Care Group’s Dalnaglar care home in Crieff, Perthshire was runner-up in the Emerging Talent category at the awards last Friday night.

Joining Dalnaglar just over 18 months ago, Ross has found his vocation in the care sector and is currently working in a carer role while studying to become a nurse. Ross made national headlines earlier this year when a video taken of him jiving with an elderly resident to Elvis Presley was shared widely on the Internet.

Claire Docherty, Head of Operations at Balhousie Care Group, said:

“Everyone at Balhousie Care Group is immensely proud of Ross’ achievement in the Scottish Care Awards. It is wonderful to see individuals at various stages in their career making a real difference to people across our care homes, from staff to our residents and their families, by providing the very best of care.”

The glittering awards ceremony was hosted by Michelle McManus at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on November 16.  Attending alongside Ross and his girlfriend Megan were Balhousie Care Groups senior people services adviser Karen Buchan and senior home manager Grace Sloan.