A BARNSLEY man who works for a care-at-home organisation has won a top national award for his inspirational work.

Darryl Hand, who works for Direct Health, was given the accolade at this year’s Great British Home Care Awards.

He scooped the care trainer award for his innovative approach to training staff and challenging negative perceptions of social care.

Darryl said: “I was overwhelmed to have been nominated for and win the regionals but to have won the nationals is my biggest achievement to date.

“My commitment to change people’s negative perceptions of care will continue with the added motivation that the passion I have has been recognised.”

Direct Health, part of the not-for profit-organisation the Accord Group, is one of the UK’s leading providers of social and personal care services to people in their own homes.