We are looking for nominations in the following 11 categories for 2018.

Click on the category to access the nomination form.

Residential Care / Nursing Home of the Year

Residential Care Manager / Deputy of the Year

Residential Care Nurse / Carer of the Year

Residential Care Non-Care Employee of the Year

Residential Care Chef / Cook of the Year

Residential Care Newcomer of the Year

Residential Care Lifetime Achievement in Care

Homecare Provider of the Year

Homecare Care Worker of the Year

Homecare Non-Care Employee of the Year

Homecare Newcomer of the Year

In addition to these awards, we will also be awarding a special individual the HCA Blue Rose Award.

Rules & Guidance

All online nominations must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 30th September 2018
(Any nomination received after this date will not be considered.)

Finalists will be informed that they have been successful by Wednesday 12th October 2018 and the award ceremony will take place at Winchester Guildhall on Friday 30th November 2018.

All finalists will receive 1x free ticket to the event and refunds will be issued to any finalists who have already booked a ticket before the finalists are announced.


General Rules:

• Nominees must work in (or be a) care provider that is a fully paid up 2018 member of the Hampshire Care Association or Hampshire Domiciliary Care Providers depending on the category.

• Nominations will only be accepted via the online nomination system and must be received by midnight on Friday 28th September 2018.

• Entries cannot be amended after the submission deadline.

• Each category will be judged blind (all identifiable names etc are removed from entries so they are completely anonymous) by an independent panel of judges.

• The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

• All finalists should be available to attend the award ceremony on Friday 30th November 2018 and will each be issued with 1x free ticket to the event. If someone is announced as a finalist after they have already bought a ticket, the price of their ticket will be refunded.


General Entry Guidance:

• Entries will be judged on quality rather than quantity, so please read the guidance for each category and try and give good reasons and examples to answer each question. One well thought out detailed entry tells the judges far more than 10 vague entries with a single sentence in each box.

• If you have any technical problems completing your entry, please contact Sarah in the HCA office on: 023 80255794 between 9am-3pm.


Category Specific Entry Guidance:

Residential Care / Nursing Home of the Year

Describing the home you are nominating:
Tell us about the look and feel of the physical aspects of the home.

Describing the team of staff at the home you are nominating:
Tell us about the people that work here. Consider how caring, helpful, friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and organised they are and how they work together as a team.

Telling us why you consider this home to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this home apart from other homes, how they go the extra mile and why you would recommend it to others.


Residential Care Manager / Deputy of the Year

Describing the person you are nominating and their role within the home:
Tell us about their personality and the things they do within the home.

Telling us why you consider this person to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this person apart from their peers and how they go the extra mile. Consider their leadership skills and how they have led by example.

Giving at least one example of something they have implemented or achieved that has benefited the home or its residents:
Tell us about any specific training they have undertaken, initiatives / events or schemes they have implemented that has improved care / working conditions or efficiency in the home.


Residential Care Nurse / Carer of the Year

Describing the person you are nominating and their role within the home:
Tell us about their personality and the things they do within the home.

Telling us why you consider this person to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this person apart from their peers and how they go the extra mile. Consider the relationships they have built with residents, relatives and colleagues.

Giving at least one example of something they have implemented or achieved that has benefited the home or its residents:
Tell us about any specific training they have undertaken, initiatives / events or schemes they have implemented that has improved the care / happiness of residents.


Residential Care Non-Care Employee of the Year

**Please note this category is for members of staff who do NOT fall into any of the other categories, for example: activity coordinators, admin staff, gardeners, maintenance staff. Please do not nominate care staff in this category.**

Describing the person you are nominating and their role within the home:
Tell us about their personality and the things they do within the home.

Telling us why you consider this person to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this person apart from their peers and how they go the extra mile. Consider their leadership skills and how they have led by example.

Giving at least one example of something they have implemented or achieved that has benefited the home or its residents:
Tell us about any specific training they have undertaken, initiatives / events or schemes they have implemented that have made an impact on the home or its residents & relatives.


Residential Care Chef / Cook of the Year

Describing the person you are nominating and their role within the home:
Tell us about their personality and the things they do within the home.

Telling us why you consider this person to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this person apart from their peers and how they go the extra mile. Consider how they have accommodated special requests, special diets and dealt with the many other challenges of cooking for residents in a care home.

Giving at least one example of something they have implemented or achieved that has benefited the home or its residents:
Tell us about any specific training they have undertaken, initiatives / events or schemes they have implemented that have improved the health and happiness of residents or the smooth running of the home.


Residential Care Newcomer of the Year

Describing the person you are nominating and their role within the home:
Tell us about their personality and the things they do within the home.

Telling us why you consider this person to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this person apart from their peers and how they go the extra mile. Consider how they have fitted in to the team and their aptitude for working in a care home.

Giving at least one example of what they have achieved since they started working in care and how this has benefited the home or its residents:
Tell us about any specific training they have undertaken, initiatives / events or schemes they have implemented that has improved the care / happiness of residents, aided the smooth running of the home.


Residential Care Lifetime Achievement in Care

Describing the person you are nominating, their role within the home & their previous roles within care:
Tell us about their personality and the things they do and have done during their career in care.

Telling us why you consider this person to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this person apart from their peers and how they go the extra mile. Consider their aptitude for care and their passion and commitment to the profession.

Giving at least one example of their achievements and how their dedication and commitment to the profession has had a positive effect on people’s lives:
Tell us about any specific training they have undertaken, initiatives / events or schemes they have implemented that has improved care or the smooth running of a care home.


Homecare Provider of the Year

Describing the provider you are nominating:
Tell us about the organisation.

Describing the team of staff you are nominating:
Tell us about the people that work here. Consider how caring, helpful, friendly, efficient, knowledgeable and organised they are and how they work together as a team.

Telling us why you consider this provider to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this provider apart from others, how they go the extra mile and why you would recommend them to others.


Homecare Care Worker of the Year

Describing the person you are nominating and their role within the organisation:
Tell us about their personality and the things they do.

Telling us why you consider this person to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this person apart from their peers and how they go the extra mile. Consider the relationships they have built with clients, relatives and colleagues.

Giving at least one example of something they have implemented or achieved that has benefited the organisation or it’s clients:
Tell us about any specific training they have undertaken, initiatives / events or schemes they have implemented that has improved the care / happiness of clients.


Homecare Non-Care Employee of the Year

**Please note this category is for members of staff who do NOT fall into any of the other categories, for example: managers and admin staff. Please do not nominate care staff in this category.**

Describing the person you are nominating and their role within the organisation:
Tell us about their personality and the things they do.

Telling us why you consider this person to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this person apart from their peers and how they go the extra mile. Consider the relationships they have built with clients, colleagues and other professionals.

Giving at least one example of something they have implemented or achieved that has benefited the organisation, it’s employees or it’s clients:
Tell us about any specific training they have undertaken, initiatives / events or schemes they have implemented that has improved the smooth running of the organisation or the care / happiness of employees or clients.


Homecare Newcomer of the Year

Describing the person you are nominating and their role within the organisation:
Tell us about their personality and the things they do.

Telling us why you consider this person to be special and deserving of this award:
Tell us what sets this person apart from their peers and how they go the extra mile. Consider how they have fitted in to the team and their aptitude for working for a busy homecare provider.

Giving at least one example of what they have implemented or achieved that has benefited the organisation, it’s employees or its clients:
Tell us about any specific training they have undertaken, initiatives / events or schemes they have implemented that has improved the smooth running of the organisation or the care / happiness of employees or clients.