This year's winners of the Barchester Care Awards were announced at an awards afternoon held at the Hilton Metropole, in Birmingham.
Supported by other award hopefuls, everyone enjoyed a three-course lunch while the winners of the 13 categories were read out and congratulated.
The finalists were voted for by residents, relatives, volunteers, healthcare professional as well as colleagues, and the 'Volunteer of the Year' was a brand new category for 2014.This year's winners are:
- Janice McFadyen, Barchester Carer and Support Worker, Canmore Lodge in Dunfermline
- Liz Stephens, Barchester Carer and Support Worker, Hafan-Y-Coed in Llaneli
- Daniel Rowark, Barchester Registered Nurse, Adlington Manor in Adlington
- Bernice Jenkins, Barchester Registered Senior Nurse, Westergate House in Fontwell
- Liz Southall, Activities Co-ordinator, Cherry Trees in Alcester
- Chris Day, Maintenance Champion, Lucerne House in Exeter
- Mary Payne, Hospitality Champion, Hurstwood View in Uckfield
- Lesley Gregg, Memory Lane Champion, Harton Grange in South Shields
- Catalin Carcea, Diverse Services Champion, South View in Billingham
- Charlene Pettett, Apprentice and Learner of the Year, Kingsland House in Shoreham
- Amy Manto, Home Administration Champion, Highfield in Tadcaster
- Tony Lyon, Barchester Foundation Champion, Threshfield Court in Skipton
- Craig Dewhurst, Chef of the Year, Ashchurch View in Tewekesbury
- Gary Jackson, Volunteer of the Year, Castle Park in Hull
It was a double celebration for Daniel Rowark, Nurse at Adlington Manor who had just found out that he has been shortlisted as a 'Rising Star' in the Nursing Times Awards 2014.
Daniel has been at Adlington Manor for 12 years, having joined on a work experience placement when he was 17. For him, the home is like a family and he loves being able to make a change for the better.
Daniel is now Head of Care at the home's Cedar Community where he is responsible for the operational management of a 40-bed nursing suite that supports a large number of residents with complex care needs. His story is truly one of hard work, determination and a strong sense of care and community.
The judges said: 'This individual's star is in its ascendency through his commitment and passion placed on delivering quality care for older people.'