Exemplar Health Care Nurse wins Social Care Nurse Award at national Great British Care Award finals

21 March 2022

Screen announcing Claire Bell as winner

Claire Bell, Unit Manager at Dearnevale care home in Grimethorpe, Barnsley won the Social Care Nurse Award at the national Great British Care Awards.

Friday 18 March 2022 saw the prestigious awards ceremony for the national Great British Care Awards, celebrating the best of the best in social care.

Claire Bell, who works at Exemplar Health Care’s Dearnevale care home in Grimethorpe, was nominated by her manager and won the regional award for Yorkshire and Humber in November 2021.

Following that, Claire’s nomination went forward for the national award, where she competed against winners from other regions.

Claire was joined by colleagues from Dearnevale and across Exemplar Health Care at the national finals gala dinner on Friday night, at the ICC in Birmingham.

Claire was announced as the winner of the national Social Care Nurse at the finals, and was handed her award by broadcaster and journalist, Kate Garraway.

The judges applauded Claire for her person-centred approach to nursing. About Claire, they said: “An outstanding candidate who gave detailed responses with a clear understanding of the benefits of nurses in social care.”

Claire was joined by colleagues from Exemplar Health Care who were also regional finalists and up for the national award.

Violet Hicks and Ross Baxter were highly commended in their categories, the Ancillary Worker Award and the Care Home Cook/Chef Award respectively.

And our other regional winners enjoyed the night of celebration.

  • The Care Home Activity Organiser Award – Life Skills Team at Dearnevale
  • The Care Home Worker Award – Megan Jackson at Marmaduke
  • The Care Home Worker Award – Luke Turton at Pathways

Healthcare jobs in Grimethorpe, Barnsley

Dearnevale is an exemplary home to work in. It’s rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC and has recently achieved Huntington’s Disease Association Quality Assurance.

Alongside Claire, the home’s Life Skills Team were regional winners in the Care Home Activity Organiser Award and Helen McGowan, Home Manager, was highly commended in the Care Home Registered Manager Award.

Visit our online job search for vacancies at Dearnevale. 

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In this role, you’ll work in the same team and with the same service users, to ensure continuity of care.

Our homes are relatively small in size, and your designated unit will typically support around ten service users.

This means that you’ll have sufficient time to make a real difference to the lives of those in your care.