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Care Awards Winners 2023

Care Awards 2023

Our yearly awards celebration took place on July 20th to recognise all the amazing work our colleagues do for the people living in our homes!

Head office support superstar

Congratulations to Susan Maynard, our Quality Excellence Partner who works regionally. 

The award sponsored by Ward Hadaway LLP recognises a member of head office or a regional support colleague who provides excellent service to ensure the smooth running of our services, fully supporting the manager and their colleagues.

Lifestyle pioneer 

Congratulations to Julie Lawler, our Lifestyle Coordinator at Troutbeck!

This award sponsored by Oomph! Wellness recognises a colleague in the Lifestyle team who has demonstrated that they can provide a ‘needs’ led, varied and appropriate programme for those living in our homes, showing exceptional skills and creativity in planning, and delivering activities. They are also an individual who thinks about the needs of all the people living in our homes and who is inclusive and passionate about what they do.

Manager of the year 

Congratulations to Rachel Simpson, our Home Manager at Clarendon Court

The award, sponsored by My Purchasing Partner recognises a manager who supports the whole team to ensure a superior, well led service for the home. They demonstrate initiative, leadership and deliver for the benefit of each home, their team and ultimately those living and working in it.

We asked Rachel what it felt like to be presented with this prestigious award, she told us: “I was so surprised, and it took a long time to sink in. I am so very grateful to everyone who took the time to vote for me – it made me very emotional. I am so very proud of achieving this award but mostly I’m just so proud of our Home and I am delighted that we have been recognised for all that we do here, I have the most wonderful team and we strive every day to do the very best for everyone in our care. Every home manager needs a team who work with them to promote the high standards of care, the people who live with them deserve. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted and to the judges for spending time with me and choosing me over all the other fantastic managers.”  

MMCG Master Chef 

Congratulations to Michael Craig, our chef from Birch Heath Lodge

The award sponsored by Lily Comms Lily Comms was chosen by a panel of judges where each Master Chef took part in a cook off – this took place in May 2023 and each Master Chef were asked to produce a stunning three course meal that represented their love of food, as well as the like and dislikes of the people living with them.

Deputy manager of the year

Congratulations to Cathriona Carey, our Clinical Deputy Manager at Knights Court


The award sponsored by Caters recognises a manager who supports the whole team to ensure a superior, well led service for the home. They demonstrate initiative, leadership and delivers for the benefit of their home and those living and working in it.

We asked Cathriona how she felt about winning, she said: “It was lovely to know that colleagues think highly enough of me to vote for me for this award, and I hope I continue to do them proud – without the team at Knights Court I couldn’t do what I do every day. When I heard my name, I sat for a few moments in disbelief, my region was on their feet cheering for me, as well as others and it felt amazing to be recognised. I work to the best of my ability every day, and it was amazing to get this award – thank you!”  

Home of the year

Huge congratulations to Gateford Hill, voted MMCG's Home of the Year 2023!


The award sponsored by DAC Beachcroft recognises the entire team within a home. Good reviews, good CQC ratings, high occupancy and an all-round great team environment that benefits all of those living within our homes.

Maintenance person of the year

Congratulations to David Lawson our Maintenance at Corinthian House

The award sponsored by Guardian Consultancy Services Ltd recognises a member of the maintenance team who provides superior, seamless support within the home. The winner of the award is someone who goes above and beyond to support the home in all maintenance matters.

Administrator of the year

Congratulations to Helen Carter, our Business Administrator at Field View!

The award, sponsored by Apogee, recognises an administrator who provides excellent service to ensure the smooth running of the home, including fully supporting those living in the home as well as their families. 

Inspiring nurse of the year

Congratulations to Jeanetta Smalling, our Nurse at Chestnut Court.

The award, sponsored by Catalyst Interiors, recognises a nurse who achieves the highest standards of care, leading by example and fully supporting colleagues.

We asked Jeanetta how she felt about winning, she said: “I was over the moon and very excited to know that I had won, and most importantly represented my colleagues and the home overall – we are very hardworking and try our very best every day to keep the people living with us, their families and each other happy. I would like to say a VERY BIG thank you to all those who voted for me. Thanking them for their confidence in me. I will try my best to continue to be an example to them, and next year try and lift the award again!”  

Ancillary person of the year 

Congratulations to our joint winners, Natalie Hatfield, Head Housekeeper, Minster Grange and Rebecca Cessford, Receptionist, Clarendon Court!

The award, sponsored by Countrywide Healthcare Supplies LTD, recognises a colleague in one of our homes who demonstrates they can provide an all-round ancillary support and are often the person that keep the home in tip-top shape – they are essential to the running of a great home. 

Excellence in care

Congratulations to Cristina Volosetchi, our Nurse Associate, from Cedar Court.

The award sponsored by Kilworth Flooring & Furnishings, recognises someone who makes a significant contribution, and who is consistently providing a high-quality standard of care and support for the people living within the home. They are an individual who demonstrates a commitment to a person-centred approach, is respectful to everyone’s needs and they also work well as part of a close team. 

We asked Cristina how she felt about winning her second award at the MMCG Care Awards in recent years, she said: “I couldn’t believe it when they announced me as the winner; I was completely speechless! Everyone around me celebrated, even if they didn’t know me – it just showed what a big family we are at MMCG and how everyone is happy to celebrate each other’s success, and happy to be there for each other. It really made me think about how far I've come on this journey. Looking back, it feels like yesterday when I received the ‘Care Practitioner of the Year’ award two years ago. And even before that, I was lucky enough to be a finalist for ‘Carer of the Year’. All these wonderful achievements happened at Cedar Court Care Home, a place that has become a second home to me and where my passion for this profession has blossomed. This award is incredibly humbling and reminds me of the responsibility I have to continue giving my best to those in my care, thank you!”  

Lifetime achievement award

Congratulations to Jill Atkinson, Receptionist at MMCG Head Office, Leeds.

This award was sponsored by Lighthouse Risk Services LLP

Outstanding Contribution to Business Development

Huge congratulations to Alyson Thompson, our Head of Learning and Development. 

This special, surprise award, chosen by our Chief Executive Officer, Jason Lock was awarded to Alyson Thompson for all her contribution and development across the business in Learning and Development – particularly the hard work on the new all-colleague inductions.

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