Outstanding Care Awards

The Somerset Outstanding Care Awards, brought to you by The Care Network Group.  Celebrating the most dedicated individuals, providers and suppliers in the care industry across Somerset.

The Somerset Outstanding Care Awards

The Outstanding Care Awards of Devon and Cornwall


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Porter Dodson’s specialist care team appreciates the burden placed upon providers in the care sector by the almost continual flow of changes to the law and regulations in this area. Equally, we understand that as a care provider you are operating a business and therefore require proactive and cost-effective legal advice.

About the Awards

The Outstanding Care Awards celebrate the most dedicated individuals, providers and suppliers in the care industry across Somerset. Using our intuitive website, managers and institutions can be nominated for awards in over 20 categories.

The awards will be held from 6pm until late on 20th September at The Winter Gardens Pavilion in Weston Super Mare

Featuring Tim Oliver!

The Outstanding Care Awards are pleased to announce that  lookalike actor Tim Oliver will be performing at the main ceremony. Tim has worked with household names such as Virgin Media and the BBC. Fans of the BBC Hit TV Show “The Office” will instantly remark upon Tim’s striking resemblance to office manager – David Brent.

“Tim (David Brent) was fantastic and really helped bring fun, energy and laughter into our evening. All our guests loved him”

"The awards are an amazing acknowledgement and celebration for all the great care and support being delivered throughout Devon and Cornwall."
Karen Dykes
Manager at Mount Olivet Nursing Home

Local Support

In addition to being featured in the Western Morning News and Western Daily Press, the Outstanding Care Awards are proud to be backed by several local organisations:

Meet the Judges

Judges still being confirmed

I am the Registered Manager of The Old Rectory, a complex Dementia Nursing Home rated Overall Outstanding in 4 Key lines of enquiry by the Care Quality Commission.

I am also the Director of Development at Southern Healthcare where my main brief was to create and then implement a dynamic program of change and culture development. I developed what we now call the “outstanding toolkit”, this was implemented in three of the group’s Nursing Homes. The program was delivered identically in all homes and all achieved the same outcomes; Outstanding in 4 Key lines of enquiry.

Caron Sprake is the award-winning eldercare blogger with, Devon Life care columnist, Points of Light recipient, and care campaigner – in her spare time.

During the day, Caron returned to the coal face of social care this year working full-time in a care home as an assistant manager. You can’t keep a good carer away.

Passionately driven to make a difference to the face of social care, Caron recently met Sarah Gravenstede, deputy director of strategy in the department of Health and Social Care to discuss some unique ideas to  help resolve issues involved in the current crisis.

Caron was also one of five women to be featured in the Mail on Sunday ‘YOU’ magazine as an inspiring woman aged over 50!

Keen to recruit more employees into the care sector, retain good carers and help people realise just how amazing it is to care for our elderly people, Caron uses social media to spread the word.

I am delighted to have been asked to be a Judge at these awards and look forward to meeting nominees.

Tracy has 24 years management experience of which 11 have been working in Primary Care.

Tracy has provided management and leadership to several practices within Devon and has experience of turning around vulnerable practices in terms of patient experience, financial balance and employee engagement.

Tracy has been the federation manager for a group of 7 practices spanning 68k patients and was involved in a CCG wide bid to deliver improved access.

Tracy has been a Care Quality Commission specialist advisor for over 3 years being part of over 50 inspections and focussed, follow up inspections. Alongside this, Tracy has provided national primary care training and has been a peer Appraiser for Practice Managers.

Prior to working in Primary Care, Tracy worked in the utilities and insurance sectors managing contact centres, service redesign and process improvements.

Tracy achieved Chartered Fellow with the Chartered Management Institute and was recognised as the 7th most inspirational Practice Manager in 2017.

Matt Jackson is a HR Business Manager with Somerset County Council.  Having had a 15 years in banking Matt made a career change following redundancy and some major life changing events.  Going into local government Matt initially worked with excluded and vulnerable pupils team, managed the set up the first government registered virtual school and then moved into project and business management in HR. 

The last 15 years have seen Matt suffering with mental health issues, especially depression and anxiety, with some time spent in therapy.  He has worked all through this time and has come to a point where he delivers talks to groups of mental health sufferers, young people and businesses about his own experiences, how to cope with your own mental health and how to support those who are sufferers.

Working with Somerset MIND Matt has joined them as a trainer and speaker.  He has been interviewed several times on BBC Somerset for both MIND and himself,

Matt is keen to get his message out to as many people as possible to ensure that mental health becomes a normal subject to discuss.

Claire Waddon has 30 years’ experience of working in the social care sector at operational and strategic levels. As the CEO of Care Focus (South West) CIC, Claire worked intensively with public, private and community care and health services across the South West to promote and support the design and delivery of quality services.

 Adrian is a highly experienced employment solicitor, representing a wide range of employers when faced with difficulties relating to employment and HR matters, including taking and defending claims in Employment Tribunals and in the higher courts. 

A particular area of expertise and interest has always been the Care sector, and advising care providers of all description as they facing the challenge of squeezed budgets and recruitment of people to work and care for their service users.  Yes, as a lawyer I am well aware that my profession can be perceived as being part of the problem; sometimes with very good reason.  Yet I also consider we can provide solutions too!