NCF Rising Stars 2019

May 1, 2019

The National Care Forum (NCF) has announced the successful candidates for this year’s NCF Rising Stars 2019 programme.

Launched in 2017, the NCF Rising Stars programme aims to develop leadership skills through mentoring and learning opportunities. NCF members are invited to nominate the registered managers who are leading the way in their organisations, and nominees are then narrowed down to a small cohort each year.

'We have a strong focus on leadership in our NCF strategy and we recognise the need to invest and develop the skills of the next generation of leaders,' says Vic Rayner, Executive Director, National Care Forum.

'With the help of our partners, this programme enables those shining lights in NCF member organisations to develop a wide variety of skills, varying from managing staff, learning about recruitment and staff retention to media training and harnessing technology. Plus they are mentored by some inspirational industry leaders.'

Sharing her experience of the 2018 programme, NCF Rising Star, Sam Stuart from WCS Care says she is forever grateful for the NCF Rising Stars experience and the teams’ hard work to arrange all the different activities, 'It has given me the opportunity to meet some amazing people...It has developed my knowledge and given me confidence within my role, which has enabled me to develop my career.' You can read an interview with Sam about her career and Rising Stars experience here.

Commenting on this year’s applicants, Vic Rayner says the NCF has been overwhelmed by the response to the call for nominations, explaining, 'All the nominees put forward were strong contenders for the programme and it was difficult to narrow it down to just 11.'

The successful candidates for the Rising Stars 2019 programme are:

  • Pam Casey, Abbeyfield Society.
  • Charlotte Sehmi, Optalis Ltd.
  • Rebecca Ogujor, Salvation Army.
  • Philip Smith, Pilgrims Friends.
  • Adam Roberts, NorseCare.
  • Jo Burnell, Guild Care.
  • Triinu Org, Friends of the Elderly.
  • Sam Pycroft, St Monica Trust.
  • Kelly Hartley, The Fremantle Trust.
  • Nicolas Kee Mew, Avante Care and Support.
  • Faye Upton, Amica Care.

'We wish all these participants well on their NCF Rising Stars journey and we are very much looking forward to helping them develop their leadership skills over the coming months,' says Vic.

Supported by a number of NCF partners, the programme kicks off at the NCF Annual Conference where the NCF Rising Stars 2019 cohort attends free of charge with the support of Carterwood. They will join the NCF team and their mentors at a dedicated lunch in the Apetito pop-up ‘Bay Tree’ restaurant.

Shaping the Agenda for Great Care will focus on the ‘Future’, engaging with some of the really critical areas for social care around future funding, meeting the needs of changing communities, equipping the sector to benefit from the technological opportunities, recruiting and retaining a skilled and effective workforce.

Follow #ShapingGreatCare on Twitter to read more about the pre-conference dinner and speaker, plenary and workshop leaders and all the activities happening during the interactive agenda. You can also register via the hashtag for the final available places.

Interviews with the Rising Stars 2019 cohort will be published in each edition of CMM magazine over the next year. Read the latest interview with Nadine Webster from Cedar Lodge.

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