A care home manager has been shortlisted as a finalist at the London Great British Care Awards (GBCA)

Karoline Gullin, who oversees the running of Friars Mead in Kings Langley, has been recognised for how she and her team have responded to challenges throughout the pandemic.

There have been no cases of Covid-19 at the care home thanks to the hard work of staff who have been able to keep the home safe and secure.

And no agency staff have had to be called in to cover for others.

Friars Mead, which is home 27 residents over 55 years of age with a wide variety of needs, is managed by Abbeyfield Hertfordshire Residential Care Society (AHRCS).

The society says Ms Gullin has been instrumental in sourcing PPE for her team, carrying out tests on her colleagues and residents, all while managing the home and ensuring residents are cared for.

She has been shortlisted in the home care registered manager award category for the GBCA awards.

Geoff Fairfield, chairman of the AHRCS, said, "Karoline is incredibly deserving of such an accolade.

"She has preserved an atmosphere of tranquillity at Friars Mead during an incredibly stressful time.

"She has not panicked and has been very calm and level-headed throughout the whole period, and this has permeated through to the residents and staff.

"We are delighted that she has been shortlisted for a Great British Care Award and we will all be cheering for her."

The winners of the GBCA London Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony, to be held on London’s South Bank in April 2021.