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Gloucestershire Care Workers Receive Medals of Merit

By JessieLong  |  Posted: July 15, 2014

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Karen Cummings (3rd left) and Sian Sparrow (3rd right) pose with other OSJCT medal recipients following 24th June ceremony

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Three care workers from the Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) have received a prestigious award from the British branch of the world's oldest order of chivalry – the Sovereign Order of Malta.

The Order of Malta's St John's Day ceremony, which was held at the Brompton Oratory in London on 24th June, was attended by hundreds of people including Knights and Dames of the Order, the Venerable Order of St. John and World Ambassadors.

Karen Cummings and Sian Sparrow were awarded Silver Medals of Merit and Elaine Green received a Bronze – all for their dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to the care of older people. 

Sian Sparrow, Home Manager at Henlow Court in Dursley, was recognised for her endless enthusiasm and passion for elderly care throughout her 21 years at the Trust. Sian was also responsible for the development of the lounges, a garden room, 'sensory garden' and sweet trolley to give the residents a 'homely' atmosphere.

Karen Cummings, Home Manager at Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham, also received a Silver Medal of Merit for her successful management skills in achieving full compliance with CQC regulations and continuous hard work through her 15 years of service with OSJCT.

Elaine Green, Care Leader at Monkscroft Care Centre in Cheltenham, was awarded the Bronze Medal of Merit due to her dedication, support and leadership skills over 22 years of service – especially during a move from a 27-bed home to an 80-bed home. 

Kevin Hall, OSJCT Gloucestershire Assistant Operations Director, said: "The annual Order of Malta Awards Ceremony is an important event for the Trust. The Order is very selective when choosing recipients, so it is very special for staff like Elaine, Sian and Karen, to have their hard work recognised and be awarded for going above and beyond their normal duties.

"To see staff from our homes receiving these prestigious awards speaks volumes about the high standard of care provided by the Trust, and we couldn't be prouder of the example these exceptional people have set." 

The British Association of The Order of Malta was founded in 1875. A worldwide organisation dating from the eleventh century, the Order of Malta has 12,500 members, of whom around 300 belong to the British Association. Membership is by invitation only. . The Order of Malta is one of the sponsoring Orders of OSJCT (the other being the Venerable Order of St John), and it provides eight of its Trustees.  The Order's mission is to help those in need; OSJCT's provision of care for older people forms part of this mission.

Established in 1991, OSJCT is a charity sponsored by the Sovereign Order of Malta and the Venerable Order of St John with 18 care homes in Gloucestershire and a total of 69 throughout the country.

Dedicated to delivering the highest quality, person centred care, the Trust offers a broad range of services including residential, nursing and dementia care, as well as intermediate, respite and day care. 

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