Meet the Judges

Meet the Judges Event

 20th Feb 2020 – Meet the Judges event from 6 to 9pm at the Carlton Hotel in Torquay

Alison Jenkins

Care Home Business Support Solutions Ltd

Alison is a business transformation Consultant who works with the Care Managers Network to provide practical support in the Care Sector. She has vast experience of transforming service delivery at a National, Regional, Trust and individual Care Home level. Utilising a systematic and evidence-based approach Alison is able to transform the running of a Care Home by implementing systems and processes, raising the CQC rating, whilst carefully documenting the care given. Whether a Care Provider wants support to overhaul the whole business or a specific project, Alison is able to offer a bespoke support service that meets the needs of the business owner and service users. A business strategy with a clear project plan allows the Care Provider to know exactly how the service will be transformed. Tactics are regularly reviewed to ensure the overall vision is achieved. Unlike many Consultants Alison offers the ability to work on a longer term basis implementing the recommendations that have been made.

Alison has over 30 years of delivering commercial and clinical expertise. She is passionate about transforming the Healthcare Sector by driving efficiency and finding a solution to complex business problems using a pragmatic approach with a CAN DO attitude. Her excellent communication skills allow her to lead successful projects delivering at a national / local level.

Alison loves to work with people and help them transform their businesses using best practice. She is an enthusiastic, dedicated, hardworking professional who is a strategic leader, pioneering new approaches that push boundaries to create high quality influential pieces of work. Alison drives efficient cost-effective management processes and is not afraid to utilise her experience to create new ways of working which have been successfully implemented in companies, departments and teams.

Alison is a natural project leader who builds strong relationships, is highly organised, proactive, efficient, and is able to plan effectively, solving problems whilst providing high quality work within tight deadlines with a large cross functional team of senior stakeholders. Alison has an extensive background of working within the Care Sector, writing impactful value propositions for Healthcare services by utilising business insights. She has worked in both the NHS and private sector using her nursing and counselling skills. Alison is proud to have uncovered the unmet need of NSTEMI heart attack patients in the UK and designed a National Campaign to inspire improved care.

Alison will be judging: Supplier of the Year, Innovation Award, Memory Lane Award

Colin Jolliffe

Care Home Business Support Solutions Ltd

Colin is a business transformation Consultant who works with the Care Managers Network alongside Alison. Colin has over 35 years in commercial and industry businesses with a strong background in turning around companies. He has worked in a variety of different sectors from healthcare to logistics, manufacturing to retail. Colin is a highly motivated Professional with extensive management experience. With a large network of contacts, he is excellently placed to tap into resources that allow successful delivery in all areas of business optimisation.

As an excellent negotiator, Colin optimises costs in order to provide a competitive advantage. In one care operation he reduced costs by 34%, by looking at all areas of expenditure, then looking at alternative suppliers and ways of working. This increased efficiencies by 31%.

Colin is passionate about motivating and developing staff in the business, so they exceed performance targets and feel valued as part of the team. As an innovative problem solver, Colin thrives on success and wants to help business owners implement rewarding strategies. He is an assertive professional with excellent financial control. He has worked in many family run businesses and worked at Director level including Supply Chain or Operations Director in businesses with a turnover of up to £131 million.

With extensive systems knowledge, Colin knows how to automate processes in a Care Home. He has implemented various computer systems and solutions, improving patient recording and simplifying record keeping. This has allowed Care Homes to predict patient outcomes and help plan for medical issues. These systems also allow for better use of staff and resources.

Colin’s track record of developing and delivering bespoke solutions to support strategy, ensure availability, whilst providing a competitive advantage and optimising costs is outstanding. He plans changes, implements systems, delivers benchmarking and offers the best in class service levels across the business by using extensive project management experience, from planning to implementation.

Colin will be judging: Supplier of the Year, Innovation Award, Memory Lane Award

Judy Grant

Strategic Partnership Manager at Torbay Council

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.

Judy will be judging: Deputy of the Year, Healthcare Assistant of the Year, Community Engagement Award

Lee Baxter

Assistant Director - Community Heath & Social Care at 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.

Lee will be judging: Homecare Manager of the Year, Domiciliary Provider of the Year, Voluntary Sector Award

Jill Croskell

Skills for Care - South West locality Manager

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.

Jill will be judging: Care Home Manager of the Year, Supported Living Manager, Supported Living Award

Maddison Turvey

Business Development Manager - Jelf

Maddison Turvey is an experienced Business Development Manager specialising in Insurance in the Care Industry.  She is passionate about helping local care providers to grow and to support their business.  

Maddison is dedicated to connecting people in order to make their lives easier and to make business simple.  Having previously worked in a Care Home herself, she appreciates the hard work of all involved, and what better way to celebrate this important work than by being a judge at The Outstanding Care Awards?

Maddison will be judging: Team of Excellence, Outstanding Contribution to Health and Social Care and Employer of the Year

Kyle Stewart

General Practitioner & Research Fellow in Theoretical Medicine
NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellow

Dr Kyle Stewart completed Bachelor degrees in medical science and medicine at the university of Birmingham. He qualified as a fully registered GP and member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in August 2019, now working part time as a GP in South Devon. He is currently down to the last 4 in GP Rising Star category of the National General Practice Awards. Dr Stewart was in the first cohort of NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur Fellows, and still continues this fellowship, alongside founding and being CEO of a new venture, Watercress Research Limited which aims to derive new medical therapies from novel compounds in Watercress. This work was in part derived from Dr Stewart’s ongoing Research Fellowship in Theoretical Medicine at the University of Exeter, with particular interest in reactive Nitrogen species. Dr Stewart lives with his partner Elizabeth in Devonport, Plymouth and is a keen power lifter, fisherman and pool player in his very infrequent spare time

Kyle will be judging: Care Home of the Year, Care Newcomer, Catering Team

Caron Sprake

Award-winning eldercare blogger

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.

Caron will be judging: End of Life Award, NHS Award, Support Worker of the Year.

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