Friday 4th November saw over 300 of the very best in social care attended a glittering awards ceremony at The Royal Armouries, Leeds, for the finals of the Great Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards, where the category winners were announced.

The Great Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards, sponsored by Wells Pharmacy brought together the category finalists from across the Yorkshire & Humber 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 a 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 front 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 palliative care.

Winners of the Great Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards will go through to the final at Birmingham’s ICC in Spring 2017.

The winners of the Great British Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards, together with the judge’s comments are detailed below:


The Care Employer Award – Crossroads Care – Rotherham

Crossroad Care in Rotherham is a charitable organisation supporting Carers. They are passionate, caring and humble in their approach and  put the service user and the carer at the heart of everything they do.

The Care Home Worker Award – Elaina Dews – Caretech

Elaina is passionate about her role which she balances with being a single mum.  She is a great listener and her job means the world to her.  She would like to see a world where people see past the disability.

The Home Care Worker Award – Danielle McIntyre – Complete Care

What an honour to meet such an individual.  Danielle is unforgettable.  She is one-to-watch and a true rising star.  She is inspiring, enthusiastic, confident, vibrant, focussed, positive and forward thinking with amazing potential.

The Care Newcomer Award Haydn Huteson – Hatzeld Care Ltd

Haydn is clearly very passionate about his role and has obviously formed very good relationships with staff and residents already.  A well deserved winner!

The Care Home Registered Manager Award – Mishel Ingle – Anchor Trust

Since taking on the role of Care Home Manager for Ashcroft care home, two and half years ago, Mishel has developed and considerably improved it and brought fun and happiness to a previously problematic home.

Mishel has a passionate and enthusiastic personality, listens to the needs of the residents and staff and works openly and honestly.  Her commitment and determination to provide a good service clearly shows.

The Home Care Registered Manager Award – Gill Varley – Direct Health

Gill demonstrated considerable energy, enthusiasm and passion for her work.  She clearly has a wide knowledge and shows great concern for both staff and service users.  She has developed procedures to maintain quality and ensure the continued job satisfaction of staff and the happiness of service users.  Gill has some innovative ideas and works hard to ensure service users feel looked after.

The Care Home Cook/Chef Award – Chris Beech – Ideal Carehomes

Christopher impressed with his passion, enthusiasm and drive and the obvious pride in his work coupled with his willingness to go the extra mile.  His keenness to advance the personal development of his assistants as chefs was also noteworthy.

The Dignity in Care Award – Benjamin Nhandara- Care Dynamics Yorkshire Limited

A shining example of an individual who shows respect and dignity to all his clients and champions dignity in team talks with colleagues.  This is not a job for Benjamin it’s his passion.  He is an outstanding individual who shares his qualities with others

The Dementia Carer Award – Louise Storey – Barchester’s Stamford Bridge Beaumont Care Home

Louise demonstrated a deep and passionate understanding of the needs of those in her care and that her vocational mission in life is to ensure that those needs are met to the best of her and her team’s ability

The Care Team Award – Hexon Limited

This team has worked with their nursing home to move it from being in a crisis to providing a home with a waiting list.  They encourage activities from Mocktail Monday’s to Fruity Fridays and take their residents on numerous stimulating trips. They are so passionate about wat they do.

The Care Home Activities Co-ordinator Award – Emma Walker – The Lodge

In an incredibly close category, Emma’s desire to go the extra mile and enthusiasm really impressed, particularly her consideration of each residents’ desires and needs, making sure they have a better social life than herself!

The Ancillary Worker Award – Lorraine Cotterill – Ashfield Court Care Home

Lorraine has worked at Ashfield Court for 35 years.  The residents mean everything to her and feels it is a privilege going to work every day.  She loves making the resident laugh and feel they are an extension to her own family.

The Care Trainer Award –  Julie Coleman – Direct Health

Julie should be very proud of her achievements and helping others to do well. Particular praise should be given for their Innovative “Evolution training progress” with her 16 years service to Direct Health

The Care Innovator Award – Elaine Everett – Motivation & Co (UK) Limited

Elaine recognised a need for stimulating activities and through her innovation has dramatically reduced hospital admittances.  The drive and passion Elaine has makes her a worthy winner.

The Frontline Leaders Award – Louise Lawton – Darwin House                                                                         

Those at Darwin House are lucky to have Louise as a Deputy Manager.  Her passion shone through in many respects, in particular her desire to get the best out of her team for the benefit of the residents.

The Home Care Co-ordinator Award – Sam Fenwick-Scott – Continued Care

Sam is very ambitious, focused and passionate about improving care and always goes the extra mile.  A worthy winner!

The Putting People First/Personalisation Award – Darwin House

Darwin House demonstrated outstanding passion and commitment to truly put their residents first.  Their innovative project which “makes wishes come true” is particularly inspirational!

The Palliative Care/End of Life Award Katie Yockey – NHS

Kathryn showed a real passion and enthusiasm for the work she does.  Her person-centred approach and getting to know the individual is clearly important to her which no doubt has a positive impact on the work she does and how those individuals feel.

The Good Nurse Award – Wendy Coyle – Regal Care Trading Limited

Wendy was inspired to become a nurse by her Grandmother.  Nursing is everything she ever wanted and she believes that she can improve the wellbeing of the residents by knowing the entire person.

The Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award – Samantha Harrison –  Continued Care

Samantha has dedicated her provisional life to providing quality, person centred home care provision.

She established Continued Care, a long standing home care provider in the region and is passionate about excellence, always going the extra mile to ensure her service users remain at the heart of the company.

Samantha has forged strong relationships with CQC, the Local Authority and colleagues and much of her spare is given to putting time and effort in to a local care association, ensuring her values extends into the wider community.


  • The Great British Care Awards are a series of regional and national awards throughout the UK
  • Dates and locations for 2016 regional awards can be found at
  • Details of categories and criteria for the awards can be found at