Unique Social Care

We support nursing homes, residential homes, support living, home care and day services. We can work across services for children, older people, people with a learning disability, autism, physical disability or mental health needs.

About Unique Social Care

Improving the quality of care & support.

Unique Social Care was founded by Simon Barnes in 2017.

Simon has the vision to improve the standard of care & support delivered to the elderly and vulnerable people throughout the UK.

With more than 10 years of experience in adult and children’s social care, Simon has a passion for delivering his outstanding service improvement framework.

We support services with Interim Management and crisis turnaround with strong leadership and lines of communication, thorough Care Quality & Compliance testing, detailed Investigations to find the root cause, great eye for observing quality and compassion with Mystery Shopping, proven policy writing and care planning with a suite of resources and templates with our Compliance Toolbox, delivering mandatory training, and development for aspiring great leaders.

Unique Social Care works with other great associates, experts in their field, including, HR, Nursing and Finance.

Do you have a service that needs an external review? Contact us for a free virtual or face to face consultation.

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Our Values


We have honest conversations about real issues in order to make a difference. We keep things simple, easy to understand and do.


Each of us has a voice, a responsibility to use it and a right to be listened to and receive a response.


We care, show kindness for all and encourage the sharing of different perspectives and ideas because that’s how we learn.


We keep our promises by doing what we said we’d do when we said we’d do it.


We take responsibility for always doing a great job and improving everything we can.

Our Services

Unique Social Care provides a range of services to both organisations and individuals who need help and support in the health and social care sector.

Turnaround & Interim Management

Whether you’ve just had an inspection or need some short-term interim management whilst you are recruiting, I am able to help you cover a range of senior positions on a short or medium term basis.

Care Quality & Compliance Support

We provide Mock CQC inspections, provider compliance visits, support with registering new services and interview preparation for managers applying for Registered Manager status. We have a suite of tried and tested audits and inspection tool that guarantees excellence.

Operational Human Resources

Whether a safeguarding investigation or an employee relations case, I am able to work with your operations and people team to complete detailed investigations or formal hearings, on your behalf.

Policy Writing

We have an expert policy writer and are able to support the development and review of your organisational policies and procedures and where required ensure their compliance with the Health and Social Care Act.

Contact us for a free no obligation consultation.

Contact us and one of the team will call you to discuss your needs and how we can support you.

The Team

Simon Barnes

Company Director & Managing Consultant
Simon Barnes at Unique Social Care


Fantastic News! Look at all the positive things people are saying about Unique Social Care and our team.

I would like to thank you for your understanding, knowledge and experience on what was needed for re-housing my daughter Sarah from the inadequate home she had lived in for three and a half years. Without you, I would not have been aware of the shortcoming in Sarah’s care and support in the home and I know the social worker found your experience invaluable. You helped me look at several homes and supported me, liaised with Sarah’s social worker and took part in the best interest meeting to find her the perfect new home. Sarah looks the happiest I have seen her for many years and the staff are the most caring I have seen. Thank you.
Sheila Heap
Mother of Sarah Heap
December 23, 2018
Simon at Unique Social Care has just finished an interim management assignment with me, supporting one of our complex homes which has faced some quality issues. From day one Simon was fully committed to the service improvements, and within 3 months, managed to turn a disengaged team around, and make sure the people we support have a great life! We have just had a CQC visit, and the feedback is positive! I would happy recommend, and welcome the opportunity to work with Simon again in the future.
Martyn Heginbotham
Director of Operations
Pathways Care Group
April 5, 2018
I have worked with Simon over a year as a direct finance support to him and his managers covering systems, trading statements, budgets, forecasting and general finance. I have found Simon to be a great influencer and role model to all his stakeholders. I have seen Simons passion demonstrated through his approach with his stakeholders, he would fully understand the issues so that he can expand his knowledge as well as support his colleagues to strive to do better. Simon has a lot more talent than he actually believes he has, certainly from a finance perspective. I would work with Simon anytime as he is a great team player, good listener and a motivator!
Naz Nazir
Finanance Business Partner
Anchor Hanover Trust
January 26, 2018
Simon supported one of my homes when I worked for Barchester and supported the turn around of the home through robust hands-on leadership. Simon is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable people and inspires and motivates people through his passion.
Martyn Heginbottom
Regional Director
Barchester Healthcare
November 17, 2017
I worked with Simon at Barchester. During the time we worked together, Simon was exceptional support to both myself and my team. He is dedicated to ensuring the level of care delivered is to the highest standard. He does this by valuing the team and sharing his knowledge. He supports staff and encourages them to ‘think outside of the box’ which enhances the wellbeing of the residents and the staff themselves.
Kate Kaye
Operations Director
Barchester Healthcare
October 27, 2017