Natividad Dela Cruz, senior caregiver from Cagayan De Oro City bagged the special amazing care award in the 3rd Barchester Care Awards in London.
Dela Cruz bested the award from more than 1,000 health workers employed in almost 200 private homes in England, Wales and Ireland.
Dela Cruz is set to receive a cash prize and a trophy. She is one of eight senior caregivers of Queens Court Caring Home in Wimbledon, which has now 41 aging British patients.
Dela Cruz admits the difficulties of being caregiver as old patients become overly sensitive even on petty issues, but such work makes it more challenging for her.
Dela Cruz belongs to a family of caregivers. Three of her sisters are also caregivers in the different London hospitals. A younger brother works as a nurse in a nearby hospital.
For Dela Cruz, the work of carer is perfect for Filipinos especially if such profession is rejected by most Brits and European Union citizens.
Even her boss, Shaaron Caratella, talks highly of Filipino health workers.
If UK immigration is not so strict in its present rules, Caratella would prefer to hire Filipino carers rather than other nationalities.
Caratella believes there is still a big demand for carers in the UK as its population is aging, and many senior citizens are batting for additional health care.
By Danny Buenafe, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau chief