Outstanding Care Awards

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

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The Outstanding Care Awards of Devon and Cornwall

Nominations are now closed

but you can now book your tickets and food...


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About the Awards

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

Awards are presented at an event on the 28th June 2019 at the Rivera Conference Centre in Torquay

Welcome drinks are at 17.45, and the event closes at midnight

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”

Raffle Tickets

Money raised from raffle tickets will this year be donated to Watcombe Primary School.

One of our judges, Clare, volunteers at the school helping the children with their reading. 

Like all schools, funds are being squeezed and there is no money available to update reading materials or replace broken or well used books.

For the past four years, guided reading teacher Sue Looker and Clare have been repairing and cleaning donated secondhand books to improve the selection in the libraries but a cash donation would allow new modern books to be purchased.

With your help we can give these children the education they deserve, every ticket purchased will make such a difference to these young lives.

"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

Judy Grant

Judy has worked in local government / NHS since 1985, working mainly in Adult Social Care. She has experience in home care, as well as working with charities, providers of services and the Care Quality Commission. Judy believes that our Housing, Health, Social Care, 3rd sector and benefit systems, when working together, are well placed to help communities and vulnerable people.

Anne Gallon

Anne supports learners at levels 2,3,4 and 5 that are enrolled on the South Devon College health and social care and healthcare apprenticeship programmes. She has previously worked as a team leader in a residential and short breaks care home supporting children and young adults with learning and physical disabilities. Anne has gained a level 4/5 qualification in health and social care and the A1 assessors qualification.

Jill Croskell

As a qualified and registered Social Worker I have worked in various roles for almost 30 years within the public sector, including Safeguarding Children, Adult Social Care Hospital and Community Social Work.
I have managed Adult Social Care teams working closely with the provider sector meeting the needs of vulnerable adults being discharged from Hospital and with those who remain in the community.
I managed a local authority Learning and Development team and a Community Learning Team for 12 years providing integrated learning and development for the Adult and Child social care workforce.
My last public sector role was working within a safeguarding Children role specifically projects  that included child sexual exploitation and radicalisation of children and young people.
My current role is Skills for Care South West Locality manager, covering Devon and Cornwall.
Skills for care is an employer led organisation-led workforce development body for adult social care in England, it is a not for profit organisation funded by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Jane Viner


Chief Nurse – Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust

Jane qualified as a nurse in 1985 and specialised in critical care and emergency medicine. She has held various posts in the South West including Nurse Consultant and Associate Director of Nursing at SDHFT, Deputy Director of Nursing at RD&E and Director of Nursing and Professional Practice and Deputy Chief Executive at TSDHCT

Geraldine Benson

Principle Social Worker – Devon County Council

Geraldine started working as a residential care worker in the 1980s and worked in a variety of operational roles in health and social care, whilst completing an Open University degree and then her MA in social work. 

Lee Baxter

Assistant Director Community Health & Social Care – Torbay & South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Working in the care sector over the past 27 years.  I started working in a private Nursing home when I was 19 with the absolute desire to work in the care industry. I trained as a nurse at the RD&E starting in 1994. Alongside many care roles to support my training, I have worked as a registered Nurse in Vascular surgery, intensive care and then specialised in community Nursing.  I completed a specialist practitioner degree in District Nursing in 2001. I have continued with a career in the community, leading to roles in professional practice leadership and operational management. Over the past ten years I have worked mainly in joint roles with Devon County Council and the NHS leading integrated teams in community services.  My current role is Assistant Director of Health and Social care within South Devon (Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust and Devon County Council) Throughout my career I have always remained person centred and proud to care.  My favourite quote from a mentor that I learned early in my career is ‘that caring should be easy – we are humans treating other humans as humans.’ I believe this to be fundamental in our work.

Clare Spooner

I have been receiving care at home since 2003 when I was medically retired due to problems caused by pneumococcal septicaemia and rheumatoid arthritis.
I enjoy volunteering at Watcombe School listening to the children read and raise funds for both the school and Torbay Hospital Hydrotherapy department who were instrumental in aiding my recovery.