A Sheffield grandmother has won a national award for her 'remarkable' work to transform access to healthcare in the city.
Kate Carr, of Beauchief, fought off competition from hundreds of nominees to be named Practice Manager of the Year at the Towergate Care Awards.
The 61-year-old grandmother-of-two, who was presented with her prize by the TV star Denise Van Outen at a ceremony in central London last Thursday (March 23), said she was thrilled and humbled to receive the honour.
"I couldn’t believe it when I won as I really did not expect it, but when Denise Van Outen announced me as the winner I was absolutely delighted! It was lovely to go up to the stage and receive the award, especially in the company of such supportive and genuinely nice people," she said.
"I don’t feel I do anything special other than the job I love, but it is very rewarding to think that all my hard work is making a difference. To hear all the finalists' stories and be reminded about the fantastic things being done by ordinary people every day made me feel very humbled, grateful and inspired. It was a special moment for me and I had the time of my life!"
Kate has been instrumental in providing evening and weekend access to GPs around Sheffield, including at the Crookes Practice, where she works.
She has also helped create a cluster of doctors' surgeries running trials to improve care for conditions ranging from arthritis to heart disease.
She was praised by the awards' organisers as one of the health service's 'unsung heroes'.
Kirsty Wainwright-Noble, from Towergate, said: "Kate's story really stood out to us in the judging process. She demonstrates remarkable excellence in care and is truly deserving of this award and I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate her on her accolade."
Kate is no stranger to awards success, having last year been named practice manager of the year in the National Primary Care Awards.