When her brother was struck down by a severe stroke a decade ago Patricia Sadio was determined he should have the best care she could possibly get for him.

In the end she ended up taking responsibility for all his care by hiring carers and then managing them ... and she has done such a great job she has now been nominated for a national award.

For 56-year-old Patricia is shortlisted in the Best Individual Employer in the prestigious Skills for Care Awards which is widely referred to as The Oscars of the Care Sector.

Her brother, Sefton, had only been retired a few months from his role as a Det Chief Insp in Greater Manchester Police when he suffered a severe stroke which left him profoundly disabled.

Shocked at the initial standard of care on offer, Patricia worked closely with the local authorities to take over the management of his care herself. She set about ensuring it was planned and delivered to the highest possible standards.

From recruitment and contracting, to supervision and the performance management of her own staff, Patricia took on the role with a passion and compassion which so impressed the judges.

She said: “The family was changed forever when my brother became disabled 10 years ago. It has been very challenging and quite an education. Our care sector is badly broken. I am so pleased I have been able to support him to rebuild his life.”

Patricia stood as the Independent candidate for the Colne Valley in the June General Election campaigning for better care.

The awards winners will be announced at a black-tie dinner in London in March.