A member of staff at the Deaf Academy in Exmouth has won the regional final for Care Newcomer of the Year.

Alex Scarlett, who is profoundly deaf, joined the Academy's residential care team in November last year along with Otto, her hearing dog.

Exmouth Journal: Alex Scarlett and Otto at Great British Care AwardsShe has now been recognised as an outstanding newcomer by the Great British Care Awards South West, and will go forward to the national finals. 

The winners' announcement on the Awards' website said:  "This young lady dedicates her time and energy into supporting her residents to have a normal life; she has a disability of her own but she does not allow this to impact her on her work but uses it to enhance how she can help others. With her dog Otto she brings so much joy to the lives of young ladies. She is truly an asset to the Academy and will continue to do amazing work."

James Heaver, assistant principal for care at the Deaf Academy, said: “This is a very well-deserved win for Alex. She works so hard to provide great care for our students, drawing on her own life experiences to support our young people.

“We’re very proud of what she has achieved and that it has been recognised in this way.”

Exmouth Journal: Hearing dog Otto at Exmouth Deaf Academy