Barchester celebrates 25th anniversary
One of the biggest care providers in the UK, Barchester Healthcare is celebrating 25 years since it was founded.
When entrepreneur Mike Parsons purchased Moreton Hill in the Cotswolds in 1992, his aim was to start a care home provider capable of delivering high-quality care in luxurious surroundings, and work began to transform a derelict, 17th Century listed farmhouse into the first ever Barchester home.
Barchester’s chief executive Dr Pete Calveley said the company had grown rapidly over the last 25 years and is now one of the UK’s leading care home providers in terms of both size and quality ratings. Barchester now runs 201 care homes across the UK, seven independent hospitals and currently has the leading quality ratings among all the large providers running services in England.
“The values set out in those earlier days, remain at the heart of this organisation,” said Dr Calveley.
“We continue to work hard to achieve high-standards in every aspect of the care we deliver and to promote independence, dignity and choice for the individuals living in our homes and hospitals.”
Celebrations for the anniversary took place in Barchester homes and hospitals across the UK during October. To mark the milestone, all staff who have worked at a Barchester-run home for 25 years received a gift and four of them were given further recognition in the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ category at this year’s Barchester Care Awards, an awards ceremony for staff and volunteers held in October.
Barchester Healthcare is recognised as a major UK care provider that is committed to delivering high-quality care across its care homes and hospitals.
The company has adapted and grown over the last 25 years, focusing on older people needing nursing care in high-quality environments and providing personalised support for adults of all ages with a range of disabilities. Barchester’s Memory Lane Communities are designed to encourage people living with dementia to stay as independent and active as possible, recognising that no two people are the same and taking a person-centred care approach, celebrating each person’s individuality.
Barchester employs almost 17,000 people to care for more than 10,000 individuals at more than 200 locations in the UK. In the 2016 Your Care Rating survey, 97% of respondents said that Barchester staff “treat me with kindness, dignity and respect”,