Lynsey beats off stiff competition

Lynsey (centre) being presented with her award by Hel�na Herklots, and Duncan Berry, Chief Operating Officer of Bluebird Care.
Lynsey (centre) being presented with her award by Hel�na Herklots, and Duncan Berry, Chief Operating Officer of Bluebird Care.

A former student nurse from Clarkston has won the prestigious Manager of the Year title

Lynsey Torbit (30) only joined the Bluebird Care organisation two years ago, after having been employed in a number of unsatisfying jobs in the same sector.

She says that she has finally found a job that she loves, and has been fundamental in helping the business maintain its ‘excellent’ grade from the Care Inspectorate for the third year in a row.

Lynsey was recognised for the outstanding, and often extraordinary, contribution that she has made over the past year in the care sector improving the lives of her residents.

Lynsey said: “The recognition is amazing but just being part of Bluebird Care is the most important bit for me. It is the first job I have enjoyed”

“Being able to provide a quality service to my clients is the most important part of my job.”

Judge Helena Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, said: “I’ve had such a great day talking to the finalists. Lynsey has a great attitude and showed real passion for her team. She 
has managed to grow the business over the last year without compromising on the quality of care provided to her customers.”

At a special afternoon tea hosted at Fortnum and Mason in London yesterday, she was chosen by a panel of independent judges from six regional winners picked from hundreds of managers at more than 180 care homes across the UK.

The panel of judges included: Bridget Warr CBE, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA); Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK; and David Brindle, Public Services Editor at The Guardian.

The national winners were chosen from 18 regional finalists from across the UK who had been picked at an earlier stage from the 15,000 Bluebird Care staff across the UK.

Judge Bridget Warr said: “It was a great privilege to be asked to judge these awards, and extremely difficult to select only one winner. Being able to hear the positive stories in which those working in the care sector influence people’s lives on a day-to-day basis was a great honour, and there was genuinely no weak link in any of the finalist categories.”