Saturday 26th November saw over 300 of the very best in social care attended a glittering awards ceremony at London’s Marriott Regents Park, for the finals of the Great London Care Awards, where the category winners were announced.

The Great London Care Awards, sponsored by Wells Pharmacy brought together the category finalists from across the London 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 London 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 London Care Awards, together with the judge’s comments are detailed below:


The Care Employer Award

Octavia Housing

Octavia housing demonstrated passion, commitment and enthusiasm to delivering services.  This organisation has a strong focus on developing the staff team and investing heavily in their trading and development programme for staff and managers so that the end result is quality service to their customers.


The Care Home Worker Award

Mussarat Nazir – Arthur House

Mussarat displayed enthusiasm plus level of care that stood out and showed how much this worker goes above and beyond for those that she cares for.  Mussarat is leading a care centred revolution for each and every one of her workers.


The Home Care Worker Award

Krystyna Puszkar –  Octavia Housing

No problem is too big for Krystyna.  For her, caring is a vocation.  She adopts an innovative person centred approach to put her service users at the heart of everything.


The Care Newcomer Award

Monica Hatton  – Bluebird Care Croydon

Passionate and dedicated to delivery person centred care.  Monica was inspired to join the care section through caring for a loved one.  For her caring is a vocation.  A very special individual!


The Care Home Registered Manager Award

Jo Coughlan  – Woodland Grove Care Home

Jo demonstrated a real understanding for strategic leadership, organisational management and quality driven service with an ability to take her team with her she has proven track record for high quality.  A clear winner of this award.  Well done Jo


The Care Home Cook/Chef Award

Marek Koniecko  – Westgate Healthcare

Marek clearly demonstrated the importance of good food and the vital role it plays in a clients well being.  He showed attention to detail throughout his work.


The Dignity in Care Award

Sharon Cartella  – Queens Court Care Home, Barchester Healthcare

Queens court care home has dignity, respect and privacy at the core of their values.  The team demonstrate compassion for residents through schemes like C.A.R.D.S.    Well done !!!


The Dementia Carer Award

Natalie Lamoon – Regal Royal Care Homes


Natalie’s quiet but confident nature obviously shines through in her work.  Passionate about her role and her attitude and general calming makes her a worthy winner.  Well done Natalie.


The Care Team Award

Greenhive Care Home – Anchor

Greenhive demonstrate a good approach to care and activities with a wide range of projects and visitors.  The community are a huge part this home which also recognisers the importance of staff interaction and well being!


The Care Home Activities Co-ordinator Award

Debbie Harding – Signature Coombe Hill Manor

We liked Debbie’s energy, enthusiasm, commitment and innovative approaches and her rigorous focus on the individual


The Ancillary Worker Award

Susan Bristow – 1st Choice Care Home

Her enthusiasm for giving each resident a purpose for living and including them in daily tasks.  A passion for making people smile, enjoying life and getting the best out of any situation makes her a winner.  Well done Sue!!


The Care Innovator Award

Fiona Saadat and team at Cecil Court – Central and Cecil

Although Fiona entered the dementia award her development with “My Life Film” makes her a winner in innovation! Taking an idea, making it happened and being passionate about the benefit each personalised film bite makes to her residents living with dementia and their families makes her an inspirational winner.  Well done Fiona!!


The Frontline Leaders Award

Figen Karadogen  – Home Care Preferred

Figen took over her role as registered manage within an established team.  She ensured this was smooth process, imparted her own experience, passion and skills on the tea.   Her calm measured approach makes excellent use of the strengths within her team whilst keeping service users at the heart of the service.


The Putting People First/Personalisation Award

Collette Eldridge – Nicolas James Care

Passionate about putting residents first and keeping them motivated and enthused. Clearly loves what she does and takes pride in her work.


The Palliative Care/End of Life Award

Sarah Parry  – Chorley Wood Beaumont Nursing Home, Barchester Healthcare

Their focus to make sure that the care provided takes into account the residents needs and their families.  They work extensively with families to help them understand the end of life process and provide emotional and practical support during the later stage of their relatives care by making arrangements for them  to stay at the home, provide access to counselling etc.


The Care Assessor/Care Planner Award

Michelle Millard – Old Rectory Care Home

Michelle is passionate and clearly goes above the line of duty to ensure residence are well cared for.  Very knowledgeable with assessments and person centred care.


 The Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award

Avnish Goyal – Hallmark Care Homes

Avnish Goyal is committed to developing and delivering high quality care.  Avnish leads person centred services and as well as focusing on residents and their families, he is very committed to supporting staff and invests heavily on empowering staff to deliver the best care. As well as leading Hallmark, Avnish has a real commitment to the entire sector and gives his time, energy and ideas to his role as Chair of Care England. Avnish Goyal is an exemplary Leader, innovator and a great ambassador for social care.