Four HC-One Colleagues shortlisted for awards at the Great British Care Awards 2021, Regional AwardsFour HC-One Colleagues from care homes across the North East of England have been shortlisted as finalists by the judging panel at the Great British Care Awards 2021, Regional Awards for the North East region. 

The achievement of these four finalists is recognition of their hard work and kind care shown to Residents, Relatives and Colleagues as well as the dedication and passion they show every day to ensure the people they support receive the best quality care. 

HC-One’s finalists for the Great British Care Awards 2021, Regional Awards for the North East region are:

• Kinga Kowaliczek, Home Manager at Greenways Court Care Home, HC-One, finalist in The Care Home Registered Manager Award Category

Kinga is a Care Home Registered Manager who demonstrates a high level of expertise and supports her Colleagues to meet the ever-changing needs of the Residents she cares for. Kinga has progressed from being a Carer to her current position as Home Manager at Greenways Court. In her role as Home Manager, Kinga is essentially ‘everything to everyone’ - a listening ear and friend for the Residents and their loved ones, a role model and leader for the team, and a regulatory and compliance manager for the organisation who manages the service to deliver good commercial outcomes. 

• Fiona Inman, Senior Carer at Eden House Care Home, HC-One, finalist in The Care Home Worker Award Category 

Fiona has been recognised for the significant role she plays at Eden House providing a high-quality standard of care to Residents at the home. She shows dedication and ambition to progress with her career development and training.  

• Carole Allen, Head Housekeeper at Eden House Care Home, HC-One, finalist in The Social Care COVID Hero Award Category 

Carole has been shortlisted for this special award as she has demonstrated that she has gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic and crisis. She shows creativity, innovation and is flexible with her approach. Carole has shown selflessness, dedication and commitment to maintaining and ensuring the safety of others, whilst also keeping in mind and taking care of the physical and emotional wellbeing of fellow Colleagues, Residents and their loved ones. 

• Debbie White, Senior Home Manager at Eastbourne House Care Home, HC-One, finalist in The Care Home Registered Manager Award Category 

Debbie is a Care Home Registered Manager who uses her wide range of exceptional skills to manage to complex business of running a care home. As a Senior Home Manager, she shows vision in developing person centred care. Debbie leads her team to be ‘as one’ and inspires them to be the best they can be, to ensure the team are knowledgeable and effective, and overall happy and want to come to work to deliver the best care. Debbie possesses the essential characteristics of maintaining the regulatory requirements and managing the service to deliver good commercial outcomes.

Nicola Bales, Managing Director at HC-One, commented: 

“I am extremely proud that four HC-One Colleagues across our care homes in the North East of England are being recognised as finalists at the prestigious, Great British Care Awards 2021, Regional Awards for the North East region. The pandemic has presented many challenges for our Colleagues and care homes but it has also highlighted the amazing work our Colleagues do in our homes, especially during the challenges of the pandemic. 

“Our Colleagues have worked together to do so much to help, support and care for our Residents living in our care homes. Being named as finalists acknowledges their hard work and the kind care that they have shown to each other, Residents and Relatives, as well as the dedication and passion they show every day to ensure the people they support receive the best quality care.

“The awards highlight their acts of kindness, the great work they are doing in our homes and provide us with a chance to say thank you to them for the selfless work they continue to do every single day.”


The Great British Care Awards consist of 21 awards, which cover a wide range of areas of the social care sector. The awards are a series of regional events throughout the UK and are a celebration of distinction across the care sector. The awards pay tribute to those who have demonstrated outstanding excellence within their area of work. The award ceremony of the Great British Care Awards 2021, Regional Awards for the North East region takes place at the Grand Hotel, Gosforth Park in Newcastle on Wednesday 24th November 201 when the winners will be announced. Successful winners at the North East regional awards will progress to the national finals of the Great British Care Awards 2021 taking place on Friday 18th March 2022.

James Tugendhat, HC-One’s Chief Executive Officer, said: 

“We are delighted to have four HC-One finalists chosen by the judging panel for the Great British Care Awards, Regional Awards for the North East region this year. This is an amazing achievement, and I am so proud of our finalists. 

“Being shortlisted as finalists at these prestigious awards is a testament to the dedication of my Colleagues, even in the most challenging of times. They have truly gone above and beyond to provide the kindest care to Residents living in our care homes, as we strive to be the first-choice care provider in each of the communities that we serve.”
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