Saturday 19th November saw over 300 of the very best in social care attended a glittering awards ceremony at The Belfry Hotel, Nottingham, for the finals of the Great East Midlands Care Awards, where the category winners were announced.

The Great East Midlands Care Awards, sponsored by Wells Pharmacy brought together the category finalists from across the East Midlands region.

Shiraz Khan,General Manager of Well Careplus, said: “The Great British care awards are a fantastic organisation, dedicated to raising the profile of the Care Sector and the amazing individuals that champion what the care sector strives to achieve. We are delighted to sponsor the Great British care awards, to help recognise these modern day heroes, that would otherwise go unsung.”

The awards are part of the Great British Care Awards, a series of 9 regional awards celebrating excellence across the care sector.  The purpose of the awards is to promote best practice within both home care and care homes sectors, and pay tribute to those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their field of work. 

Sector support includes Care England, The Department of Health, Alzheimer’s Society, The National Care Forum and The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) as well as local authorities and commercial organisations. 

There are total of twenty one award categories available for nomination, which represent all areas of the care sector, whether it be older people or specialist services and from frontline staff such as care workers and care managers to people who have made an impact in other ways such as training, and specialist care in areas such as dementia and innovation.

Winners of the Great East Midlands Care Awards will go through to the final at Birmingham’s ICC which takes place on 31st March 2017

The winners of the Great British East Midlands Care Awards, together with the judge’s comments are detailed below:


The Care Employer Award

Woodleigh Care

A great example of what an employer should be.  Supportive, caring and above all understanding the individual needs of its employees stood out during the interview.  Well done and good luck for the future.


The Care Home Worker Award

Jacqui Ross – Exemplar

An inspiring lady who really grasps the concept of person centred care and putting people first.  She believes in everyone as an individual and strives to give confidence and skill to those that she mentors.


The Home Care Worker Award

Lisa Chamberlain – Comfort Call Nottingham

This lady embodied every quality a home care worker should have.  Literally goes/runs’ the extra mile.  She is warm, genuine and doesn’t realise just how special she is!


The Care Newcomer Award

Jolene Wimbleton – Milford Care

Jo’s passion for care coupled with her enthusiasm for improving the lives of the residents made her a worthy winner.


The Care Home Registered Manager Award

Rachel Squire – Woodleigh Care

Rachel presented with good knowledge of her role.  It was her understanding of service user need that made her shine.  Adjusting to change and being able to listen to everyone


The Care Home Cook/Chef Award

Richard Glover  – JHB (Milford Care)

Richard has a passion for food that is matched only by his enthusiasm for resident care and his quest to push the boundaries of the industry to greater heights


The Dignity in Care Award

Elizabeth Godkin – Morton Grange

Elizabeth stood out right from the beginning her passion for care and the dignity for each and every person she looks after was heart-warming. Elizabeth is a credit to Morton Grange and the care sector. Well done Elizabeth and Good Luck for the future.


The Dementia Carer Award

Honor Simpson – Making Space

Honor has a very clear understanding of Dementia and is proud of her work.  Honor’s warmth and compassion is very clear and she clearly has a very good understanding of Dementia.


The Care Team Award

Intergrated Discharge Team Bassetlaw Hospital -Nottinghamshire County Council

A very strong positive team that have developed integrated care between health and social care to delivery deeply personalised care.


The Care Home Activity Co-ordinator Award

Linda Harrison – Avery Healthcare

Linda showed very good examples of activities for all different needs and her passion was very obvious.   Linda clearly was an inspiration of her hard work and the passion she clearly has for her role.  Well Done Linda


The Ancillary Worker Award

Patricia Exton – Neale Court Care Home, Country Court Care

A lady who demonstrates person centred care and the importance of getting to know the person in any role in a care home and help them reach their maximum potential.


The Care Trainer Award

Fari Pfende – Jo Co Learning & Development Ltd

Farai demonstrated a fabulous knowledge and passion for learning and development.  Had a passion for understanding the learning and development needs of individuals.


The Care Innovator Award

Nick Gale & John Osborne – Bendigo Systems

The judges were impressed by the thought that had gone into the system, the motivation and enthusiasm of the team and they are continuously assessing as to how they can improve.


The Frontline Leaders Award

Robert Lavington – Nottingham Community Housing Association

Robert stood out in this category for his knowledge, enthusiasm and integrity. He is passionate about involving everyone in the service he leads, inviting creative input from staff and service users alike.  Robert is a credit to his organisation and to the sector as a whole.


The Putting People First/Personalisation Award

Avery Lodge Care Home

Only one word required for this team – Outstanding


The Good Nurse Award

Avis Matthews – Signature (South Lodge)

Avis is an inspiration to others to ‘follow their dreams’.  A personality that truly brings nursing to life.  Avis recognises that Together Everyone Achieves More.


The Palliative Care/End of Life Award

Josephine Morones – Milford Care

Josephine demonstrated a knowledge of deeply person centred care in supporting people at the end of life.


The Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award

David Pearson – Nottinghamshire County Council

David Pearson was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of his services to Adult Social Care.  

David is an inspirational leader.  He is a great champion of social care and the role that good care and support plays in promoting independence and wellbeing. 

David is also a passionate advocate for the social care workforce both locally and nationally. 

David has said that he thinks this honour is also tribute to the many fantastic colleagues, councillors, partners and service users that I have worked with over the years.



Lets celebrate social care and help it get the recognition it deserves