The Great British Care Awards are delighted to announce the winners of the awards for the South East, the South West, East of England and London regions.

The Great British Care Awards, supported by the Department of Health and HET Software, are a series of regional awards which celebrates excellence in social care and pay tribute to those who work in the sector. The awards are all inclusive, bringing together the statutory, independent and voluntary sectors, as well as unpaid carers; promoting joint working.

The winners of these awards have been invited to attend a judging day for one of two national finals which will take place at the spectacular Guildhall in London, where they will join winners from the North and Midlands regions, and compete for the national awards title.

There are two finals, one for the home care sector which takes place on 15th May in association with Ceretas, the membership organisation representing home care. The second final is for those working in the care home sector and takes place on 5th June in association with the English Community Care Association, the association representing community care in England.

In Autumn 2009 the inaugural Great British Care Awards were held in 5 regions throughout the North and the Midlands and were a resounding success. In October and November this year the series of regional awards will include the South and the East of England.

The Great British Care awards have received nominations and support from all corners of the sector. Sector support includes the Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), Skills for Care, Ceretas and the English Community Care Association. Local Authority support and commercial organisations are also supporting the awards.

There are a total of around eighteen awards categories available for nomination, which represent all areas of the care sector, whether it be older people or specialist services, residential or home care. From frontline staff such as care workers and care managers to people who have made an impact in other ways such as training, IT and innovation.

Nominations came in from all corners of the sector and the regions and successful candidates invited for interview for the national finals. The gala award evenings will start in style with a champagne reception, followed by a superb gourmet dinner and the awards presentation with celebrity presenter. Keith Chegwin will host the National Home Care Final and Fiona Philips the National Care Home Final. Following the awards guests are invited to extend the celebrations at an after party on the magnificent Dutch Master, a 3 decked boat, which will cruise along the river Thames – a perfect finale for what promises to be a wonderful evening.

The awards support a chosen charity, The Maggie’s Centre, which has sites across the country supporting people who lives have been impacted upon by cancer.

The winners of the home care awards for the South East, South West, East and England and London are listed below. These winners have been invited to attend the National Home Care Finals in association with Ceretas, on 15th May 2010 at the Guildhall, London.


South East

Care Employer + 250                                    Sue Gray                                   Enara Group

Home Care Registered Manager                   Lorraine McCarthy                       Careforce

Home Care Worker                                    Bernice Hatcher                         Audley Care

Home Care Worker Specialist Service          Edward Fogg                        Amity Supported Living

Dementia Carer                                         Jacqueline Ranscombe               Blue Bird Care

Care Newcomer                                          Emma White                              Radis Group

The Care Team                                        Senior Enablement Rapid Team       Careforce


South West

Care Employer – 250                    First City Nursing Services

Home Care Registered Manager     Kim Dominey                        Somerset Care At Home

Home Care Worker                        Julie North                             The Care Company

Dementia Carer                             Lynn Petty & Team                 Sunrise Senior Living

The Care Team                             The Whole Nursing Team         Kates Home Nursing


East of England

Care Employer + 250               Simon Auker-Howlett         Home Care Solutions

Care Registered Manager         Rachel Wheatley               Home Choice Care Ltd

Home Care Worker                  Jennifer Walker                Westminster Home Care

Care Innovator                        Dr Asif Raja                      Summer Care



Home Care Registered Manager             Daniel Burner             The Extra Mile Care Company

Home Care Worker                               Samantha Ellingham    Sevacare (UK) Ltd

Home Care Worker Specialist Service       Anna Fenton            The Extra Mile Care Company

Care Trainer                                         Isobel Harris               Anchor

Care Newcomer                                     Sharon Palmer              The Extra Mile Care Company

Dignity in Care                                      Olive Perkins                Look Ahead Housing & Care



The winners of the Care Home awards for the South East, South West, East and England and London are listed below. These winners have been invited to attend the National Care Home Finals in association with the English Community Care Assocation, on 5th June 2010 at the Guildhall, London.


South East

Care Employer – 250 Employees        Mr Mr A Khanna                Cornerways Residential Home

Care Home Registered Manager        Mrs Lindsey McGibbon        Abbeyfield (Haddenham)

Care Home Worker                          Christine Palmer                New Directions – Bishops Croft

Care Nutrition                                 Catering Team                 Greensleeves Homes Trust

Ancillary Worker                              Mary Smith                          Barchester Healthcare,

Care Trainer                                   Julia Knight                        Barchester Healthcare,

Care Innovator                               Maggie Candy                    Caring Homes, Sundridge Court, Nursing Home

Dignity in Care                                Paul Hussey                       Autism & Aspersers Care Services

Care Home Activity Organiser           Sonya Koser                       Anchor, Elizabeth Court



South West

Care Employer + 250 Employees      Mr Nunzio Notaro                   Notaro Homes Ltd

Care Home Registered Manager       Natalie Adams                      The Old Vicarage Residential Care Home

Care Home Worker                         Beverley Nottingham             Pinewood Residential & Nursing Home

Ancillary Worker                                Marie Lewis                          Valley View

Care Newcomer                               Nicola King                         The Orders of St. John Care Trust

Care Home Activity Organiser          Jan Millward                         The Old Vicarage Care Home


East of England

Care Employer – 250 Employees         Jack Carey/Availl                              Availl

Care Home Registered Manager          Helen Rollin                         Oakwood House Anchor Trust

Care Home Worker                             Bev Swan                            Southern Cross Healthcare

Care Nutrition                                     Joanna Last                         Ixworth Court, Suffolk County Council

Dementia Carer                                  Steve Fosker-Jones               Southern Cross

Care Trainer                                        Mark Gwynne                       Adult Care Services, Herts County Council

Care Newcomer                                    Claire Edwards                      Southern Cross Healthcare

Dignity in Care                                    Adult Care Services, Herts County Council

Care Team                                       The Care Team                     The Abbeyfield Society

Care Home Activity Organiser              Jean Clayton                         Westbourne Care Home



Care Employer + 250 Employees            Asvinta Thakkar               Greensleeves Homes Trust

Care Employer – 250 Employees              Titleworth Health Care      Titleworth Health Care

Home Registered Manager                     Victoria Forsythe               Southern Cross

Care Home Worker                                Zofia Stopa                     Barchester Home Care – Park View, Care Home

Dementia Carer                                     Anne Taylor                    Age Concern

Care Team                                           ASRA-LHA Group              Mathini Navukarasa & Staff Team