Specialism: Adults with learning disabilities and/or autism. Staff are trained in communication strategies such as PECS.
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We are delighted that Tracey has won the prestigious gold award for ‘Care Trainer of the Year 2015’ for the South East region at the Great British Care Awards.
Tracey Parker, who manages Newton House in Thatcham, Newbury, was judged to have shown incredible enthusiasm and determination in identifying the training and development needs of Regard’s staff in her region.
She was presented with her trophy at a glittering gala dinner at Brighton’s Hilton Hotel hosted by the UK’s leading compère Steve Walls.
The GBCA’s Care Trainer Award acknowledges the importance of the role of the trainer within the care sector, and Tracey will now go forward to represent the South East region at the national final of the Great British Care Awards to be held in 2016.
Richard Harris, the locality manager for Regard who nominated Tracey, said: “We’re absolutely delighted that Tracey’s efforts have been recognised with this top industry award – it’s so well deserved!
“I’m convinced that one of the reasons Tracey’s training is so well-received by her colleagues is down to her enthusiasm and good-natured interaction with them.
“Because of this her training sessions really turn around the day-to-day experiences of many of her colleagues and the service users they support.”
As well as being service manager for Newton House, a residential service for seven adults in the 18-30 age group with learning disabilities and/or autism, Tracey also spends two or three days every week as a senior trainer in the Dorset/Berkshire/Hampshire region.
Regard has 236 service users living in this locality and Tracey can be called upon to train a key-worker for any of these individuals, helping tailor-make approaches that will promote positive behaviours.
Tracey’s trainees are fully involved in the whole process, with the aim of leaving them feeling confident in their own abilities.
Richard Harris said: “The way she works genuinely enhances both her trainees’ working life and the quality of life of our service users, who she enables to better able to communicate their needs.”
Regard is the UK’s fourth largest provider of care homes and supported living services and recently received the prestigious Gold Investors in People award.