Saturday 17th November saw over 350 of the very best in social care attended a glittering awards ceremony at The National Railway Museum, York for the finals of the Great Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards, where the category winners were announced.

The Great Yorkshire & Humber Care 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.

Sponsored by Access Health and Social Care, sector support also includes Care England, The Department of Health, The National Care Forum, The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), as well as local authorities and other commercial organisations.

There are a range of 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.

Winners of the Great Yorkshire & Humber Care Awards will go through to the final at Birmingham’s ICC on 8th March 2019.

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

The Care Employer Award

Vida Healthcare

This company’s passion and commitment to excellence is truly embedded in their leadership, recruitment and training. They’ve developed a number of innovative approaches to valuing, recognising and supporting staff by providing an open and transparent culture. This facilitates staff professional development, positive mental health and wellbeing an a culture of continuous improvement.


The Care Home Worker Award

Denise Spooner – Hesley Group

Denise is passionate about her job which comes across. She works as a team, and has a good understanding of her work role and works with each individual promoting their dignity and choice.


The Home Care Worker Award

Jayne Hutchinson – Happy Futures Support Specialists Ltd

Jayne’s passion and commitment to her job shines through. Jayne has worked hard to develop her skills with the same focus on continuously improving the care she delivers. Brilliant.


The Care Home Newcomer Award

Victoria Collinson – Darwin House

Victoria showed a great enthusiasm and willingness to learn to further develop her skills. She is a credit to Darwin House and the industry.


The Home Care Newcomer Award

Daisy Aitken – Care Dynamics

Daisy is a caring and dedicated home care worker who adopts a person centred approach to her clients, caring for them as if they were family members.


The Care Home Registered Manager Award

Danielle Betts – Esland Care

Danielle adopts a ‘high warmth, high control’ style of management, empowering her staff to provide innovative, person centred, outcome focused support to young people.


The Home Care Registered Manager Award

Matthew Nutting – Radfield Care Manager

Matthew showed a real dynamic and driven contribution to the care sector. He demonstrated a high level of service awareness and development. He really goes above and beyond to personally help them, and his drive to want to help people is incredible. Congratulations.


The Care Home Cook/Chef Award

Dawn Maclannan – Darwin House

To be nominated by workers and relatives alike shows just how respected and liked you are at Darwin House. 16 years’ service is a fantastic achievement. Congratulations on this much deserved award.


The Dignity in Care Award

Dawn Martin, Twelve Trees Care

Person centred through and through.  Dawn ensures dignity, choice and respect are at the heart of the culture of caring in the home and amongst her staff.  An inspirational care professional.

The Dementia Carer Award

Richard Laybourne – Direct Health Group

Wow! Richard is an inspirational care professional who goes above and beyond in providing person centred support to promote dignity, respect and meaningful lives.


The Care Home Team Award

Bridgedale House, Sheffield

The Care Home Team at Bridgedale House Sheffield are first and foremost a team. The judge was impressed by their combined sense of purpose and commitment, which was exuded with a genuine warmth and passion for the care of their residents in this 25 bed specialist dementia care home. As a privately operated business , Bridgedale House had started from scratch 5 years ago , with many of the original care team still in place. Loyal to their owner, residents and families, the 5 strong team that represented the home, comprising of Care Assistants , Senior Care and even the Finance & Administration Manager displayed strong team bonds, clear purpose and good organisation and could articulate their team culture and direction for the improvement of the lives of their residents and their claim aim to become an Outstanding rated care home at next CQC inspection.


The Home Care Team Award

Happy Futures Support Specialists Ltd

This team show complete dedication to each other and to the service users they care for. They have a compelling example of an individual who is non-verbal but who has a special way of communicating with each member of his team and how they had supported him to be independent again. This challenging environment does not dampen the spirits of this team. It’s a team I would be part of too!


The Care Home Activities Organiser Award

Sue Hunter – Wilsic Hall School

Sue was dynamic, passionate, a true people person and an inspiration to others. Sue’s enthusiasm and determination to offer services and activities that are personal centred and confidence building are outstanding. Sue thoroughly deserves this accolade and award. Congratulations.


The Ancillary Worker Award

Anna Collins, Ashfield Court

A carer and an administrator, Anna has worked in the sector since leaving school.  She is person centred through and through showing and oozes kindness and compassion.  An asset to the sector!


The Care Trainer Award

Jo Lister – Direct Health Group

This person impressed the panel due to her dedication and commitment in providing high quality training together with the numerous accolades received from course candidates. She emphasized the importance of creating a good impression for new recruits, often new to care, giving them time and understanding to learn the necessary skills to become good carers.


The Care Innovator Award

Carer’s Resource – Support Discharge scheme

This nomination stood out due to carer’s resource plugging a gap by providing a co-ordinator specifically to work with a hospital A&E department along side NHS staff and working with reablement teams to both prevent hospital admissions and help improve early discharge of patients. Follow on work ensured people were back in their home with essential provisions or support to prevent readmission.


The Care Home Frontline Leaders Award

Tee Tatum – Anchor

Tee encompasses the meaning of an inspirational leader. She is clearly passionate about her job and her staff and residents. Her actions are taken after consultation and she described a collaborative approach. She strives to do her best for residents and families, as well as for her team of staff. Her caring, enthusiastic and inclusive attitude moved her homes CQC rating from inadequate to outstanding. A fantastic achievement.


The Home Care Frontline Leaders Award

Tanya Lowe – Continued Care

Tanya leads by example, motivating her team to provide quality, person centred care whilst promoting independence, dignity and respect.


The Home Care Co-ordinator Award

Leanne Thompson, Direct Health

Leanne coordinates the service with a person centred approach, ensuring independence, dignity, choice and respect is at the very heart of care delivery.


The Care Assessor/Care Planner Award

Iona Wood – Continued Care

Iona is very passionate about working with individuals, families and professionals to ensure the assessment and planning process is positive, smooth and adapts with the individual. She is person centred through and through!


The Putting People First/Personalisation Award

Care4all (North East Lincolnshire)

The passion and commitment of this team really stood out.  They have come on a real journey since inception in 2007 and are justifiably proud of the service they provide.  A very worthy winner


The Good Nurse Award

Lynne Taylor – TEWV

Passionate about her role, sharing practice at all levels for people to understand wanting to make a different together.


The Palliative Care/End of Life Award

Limestone View Care Team- Housing & Care 21

An extremely well present candidate whose  team goes above and beyond in supporting each other, families and the service users.


The Unpaid Carers Award

Making Space- Rotherham Volunteers

The Rotherham Volunteer Team is made up of 19 ex carers, the majority of whom have been volunteering at one of our four Dementia Cafes since they first opened 12 years ago. As ex carers of people living with Dementia they are ideally placed to offer a warm welcome, a listening ear or just to be great company for carers and their loved ones. They just know what to say and do and without them, many carers would have given up on their caring role years ago.


The Outstanding Contribution to Social Care Award

Glen Mason, Chief Operating Officer, Human Support Group

Currently Chief Operating Officer with HSG Glen has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of social care and health. Prior to joining HSG Glen spent a very successful period as Managing Director at HC-One.

Before joining HC-One Glen held the post of Director of People, Communities and Local Government with the Department of Health. In this role he led on Adult Social Care workforce, informatics, third sector and local government policy as well as leading the DH regional structure.

Glen was Director of Social Services, Housing and Health with Wolverhampton City Council before becoming Director for Adults and Community. In this role he was responsible for, amongst other services, Adult Social Care, Adult Education, Culture and Leisure.

Glen began his career in 1986 as a social worker in Nottinghamshire. After a period in North Yorkshire he became Head of Children’s Services with Trafford MBC. He held Assistant Director posts with both Wolverhampton and Manchester before moving to become Regional Director with the Social Services Inspectorate.

Glen has been an active member of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and was Chair of the ADASS National Learning Disabilities Network.

Glen holds a Master of Business Administration and was awarded a doctorate from the University of Wolverhampton in 2012.

Glen is an avid runner who has completed sixteen marathons.


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