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Congratulations to Care Group Inspire Awards 2023 stars

Posted on: 19 December 2023

More than 200 Care Group staff came together on Thursday 14 December to celebrate the wonderful contributions of teams and services serving the residents of Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest in our annual Inspire Awards.

The annual Care Group Christmas party at the Tower Hamlets-based Regents Lake Banqueting hall in Bow Wharf, provided the stylish backdrop for the awards. 

After enjoying dinner, dessert and refreshments, Care Group Chief Executive Officer, Zainab Arian, kicked off proceedings by sharing highlights of activities, events and important milestones during the past 12 months. Zainab’s presentation showed the importance the Care Group places on championing and supporting staff wellbeing. This commitment, along with the aim of demonstrating our Care Group values in action, birthed our employee recognition scheme, Inspire Awards five years ago. 

Care Group Chair, Dr Simon Brownleader, encouraged the workforce to feel proud of how they make a real difference and contribute to the communities we serve. 

Simon said: “I think we should give ourselves a round of applause for the work that we do, the way that we do it and the spirit in which we do it.”

“It has been a real honour, a real privilege to hear the awards that everyone has been given, to hear the tributes, the achievements, and to see how people have progressed over the years. Thank you everyone and thank you for being part of this wonderful organisation.”

Winner of the “Unsung hero/ Ever helpful colleague” award was presented to Abu-Bakr Kelly for … “consistently going above and beyond, ensuring that every person he encounters feels valued and heard”. 

“Inspirational” colleague award winner was Juliet James who has been … “an inspirational practice assessor who supports students with compassion, caring and understanding … She has been very supportive and kind”. 


Other winners announced on the night included: 

“Compassionate colleague” winner, Terri Caya who is “always available to help …. Her patience and how she treats everyone equally, never saying or thinking negatively about anyone, is very inspirational”. 

“Innovative individual” winner, Annalise Jenkins: “has been a super admin hero and a team player … She demonstrates  dedication in prompt allocation of urgent advocate request in all languages and goes an extra mile”.

“Going the extra mile” winner, Hannah Spiring: “has been working above and beyond this year with two colleagues seconded to other services  … She has ensured the UNICEF Stage 3 Baby Friendly Initiative reaccreditation”.

“Team of the year” winner: Waltham Forest South Eeast Health Visiting Team: “Every single team member goes the extra mile and it’s lovely coming into work knowing you will see all those friendly faces”.

“Colleague of the year” winner: Shamimuz Zaman: “Shamimuz stepped up to ensure we met our targets when his colleague was ill … He also led on the Peer Support Group for Social Prescribers”.

“Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Award” winner: Janet Musgain: “Janet is very conscientious and a perfectionist when it comes to her work.  The Urgent Treatment Centre has never looked so clean!  She is also friendly, approachable, a problem solver and a fabulous team player”. 


View the full list: Care Group Inspire Awards 2023: ‘Winners’ and ‘Highly commended”. 

Unsung hero/ Ever helpful colleague     

  • Winner - Abu-Bakr Kelly 
  • Commended – Caroline Parke 
  • Chris Norton [Corp], Shruthi Ravi 
  • Omo Omo-Bare 
  • Rahana Begum 


Inspirational colleague     

  • Winner – Juliet James 
  • Commended – Brenda Coughlan 
  • Sinem Zorlu 


Compassionate colleague    

  • Winner – Terri Caya 
  • Commended - Kate Warren 


Innovative individual     

  • Winner – Annalise Jenkins 
  • Commended – Paula Brown 
  • Dee Blanchfield 


Going the extra mile   

  • Winner – Hannah Spiring 
  • Commended – Sandra Kenton 
  • Pamela Allanson 
  • Solima Begum 
  • Jerome John
  • Adetola Adejokun 


Team of the year     

  • Winner – Waltham Forest SE Health Visiting Team 
  • Commended – Nursery Nurses/Care Support Worker Team
  • Primary Care Senior Leadership Team 
  • LARC Team 
  • School Nursing Team 
  • Training Hub


Colleague of the year     

  • Winner – Shamimuz Zaman 
  • Commended – Jeneti Hombarume 


CEO Award

  • Janet Musgain