The Home Care Awards have 16 Expertise categories – which can be entered by providers of all types of care at home in the UK – and 4 Gold awards for Overall Achievement, with a fifth gold presented by Home Care Insight to the Rising Star of the Year in Home Care and a sixth Gold presented by the Homecare Association to the Outstanding Individual in Home Care. Finally, there is the gold Grand Prix, presented by Domus Recruitment, headline sponsor of the Awards.

The Home Care Awards set out to recognise and reward business success in home care. For clarity the term “home care” covers care at home, domiciliary care, live-in care, supported or assisted living, palliative or end of life care, dementia care and other forms of care that take place at a client’s or patient’s home.

Expertise categories
(awarded to home care providers)

A. Respite care expertise (including shared care expertise)

B. Specialist care expertise (excluding mental health and dementia care)

C. Mental health and dementia care expertise

D. Nursing care expertise

E. Day care expertise

F. Live-in care expertise

G. Palliative / end-of-life care expertise

H. Innovative technology expertise

I. Marketing expertise (including advertising, social media, marketing and PR competences) – sponsored by Prosperwell

J. Nutrition and hydration expertise

K. Recruitment, retention and staff motivation expertise

L. Training and development expertise – sponsored by Care Show

M. Infection control expertise (including Covid-19) – sponsored by Autumna

N. Team support expertise (head office or behind-the-scenes support, IT and technology, productivity, business organisation, effectiveness, etc)

O. Team support expertise (staff wellbeing, personal development, mental health effects, personal communication, career guidance, etc)

P. Best start-up home care service or new franchisee (operations must have commenced in the two years up to the closing date for entries)


Gold Awards for Outstanding Achievement

Q. The Home Care Insight Award for the Rising Star of the Year in Home Care
(This Award is in the gift of Home Care Insight and will be decided by the editorial team based on coverage in the publication, both on- and offline)

R. Most Outstanding Individual in Home Care – sponsored by Homecare Association

To be eligible for the following Gold categories contenders must have entered one or more of the Expertise categories, though it is expected that the winner will have demonstrated competence, innovation and expertise across more than one category. The Gold winners may not have won a category outright, but they will have provided evidence of the breadth of their service and competence and may have been highly placed across two or three categories.

S. Most Outstanding Independent Home Care Provider

T. Most Outstanding Regional Home Care Group or Franchise Network

U. Most Outstanding National Home Care Group or Franchise Network

V. Best Individual Home
Care Branch or Franchise within a Group or Network


Grand Prix Award

The top accolade will go to the entry considered by judges to be the “best in show” and may go to a company or franchisee, or a service or team. This cannot be entered as the judges choose from all the category winners.  – sponsored by Domus Recruitment

Entries open: September 1

Entries close: November 30

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