Dame Esther Rantzen Rings in the Changes


After four years hosting the Consultus Carer and Nurse Awards Luncheon, Dame Esther Rantzen DBE, has announced that she is now stepping down from some of her commitments, in order to spend more time with her children and grandchildren.

Dame Esther says “I have enjoyed every moment I have spent presenting the Consultus Awards.   They celebrate the real commitment of the skilled Consultus team to the welfare of their clients, who are often suffering from physical or mental ill-health.   The dedication of these carers and nurses who ensure the independence and dignity of their clients is inspiring, and I always ended the day feeling moved and impressed.   I will certainly keep in touch with Consultus, who are a leading example of good practice, demonstrating the huge difference excellent care can make, transforming lives and giving real reassurance to clients and their families.”

Dame Esther Rantzen with Peter SeldonDame Esther began presenting the awards in 2013, and September 2016 will be the last time she attends the Tonbridge event.  Consultus has valued and treasured Dame Esther’s inspirational support to our carers, nurses and head office staff.  Her presence has really lifted the occasion making it all the more special.  It really is the highlight of the year for Consultus.

The continual challenges Dame Esther faces on the 30th Anniversary of ChildLine, with the further development of The Silver Line and of course the involvement and support of her three new grandsons, are incomparable.

The Silver Line provides a 24-hour phone line for elderly people who may not be in regular contact with friends and family. It helps 1,200 older people each week with a friendship call – among the volunteer callers are Consultus staff! The Silver Line is always looking for more volunteers who can spare 30 minutes each week to provide support for a lonely elderly person. It is a lifeline for those feeling isolated and lonely.

Consultus is committed to continuing support of The Silver Line, the charity Dame Esther founded in 2012.  The Silver Line is funded by the Big Lottery, alongside sponsors and corporate partners, including Consultus.  More information can be found at www.thesilverline.org.uk.

This year’s Long-Standing Carer and Nurse Award ceremony will take place on 14 September 2016 at the Consultus head office in Tonbridge. The carers and nurses attending have either achieved 100 bookings or have gone ‘the extra 5 miles!’ beyond what is expected of them in their work.

A marquee is erected in the garden and attendees are greeted with champagne and canapés before sitting down to a sumptuous 3 course luncheon!  Following lunch, Dame Esther presents the awards and always offers remarkable observations and converses with each carer.  More than just a figurehead at the event – she stays all day at Consultus, talking with the carers and taking an interest in them and their work.

Rewarding high performance is something Consultus takes very seriously.  The quality of care our clients receive makes all the difference to their physical and mental health and wellbeing.  The carers who receive the awards set the benchmark for the type of care with which Consultus identifies; they are most definitely our ambassadors.

Before the lunch on 14 September, Dame Esther will officially open the new carer house – ‘Carer House 2’.  This second residence will enable Consultus to provide the much needed extra accommodation for our growing community of carers and nurses whilst training with us or in-between their assignments with us.

Dame Esther says: “I have been delighted to have the opportunity of meeting with the carers who have received these awards over the years and have loved hearing their stories. I am sad that I am unable to continue to attend the ceremony but I look forward to receiving regular updates from Consultus about their work.”

Peter Seldon, CEO of Consultus, said: “It has been a privilege to welcome Dame Esther to our carer and nursing award events over the past few years.  She really understands the importance of high quality care and the real difference our carers and nurses make to the lives of our clients and their families.”

All at Consultus would like to thank Dame Esther for making our Carer and Nurse Luncheons truly magical events.  Her magnetic presence on the day creates an extraordinary experience, which the Consultus family have thoroughly enjoyed.  Dame Esther brings joy and excitement, motivation and pride to everyone lucky enough to meet her.

We will be forever grateful.

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