Tag: People


Balhousie’s Terry Banks retires

Posted on April 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Balhousie’s Terry Banks retires

Terry Banks, older sister of Balhousie Care Group founder Tony Banks, has retired today, Monday 24th April, after 25 years working for the care home provider.

Terry has been part of Balhousie since its beginnings 25 years ago, helping her parents and brother Tony to fix up the company’s first care home, Balhousie Lisden in Kirriemuir. For Terry, working with her little brother has been a joy.

“I’ve always looked after him as we are so close in age” says Terry. “I’m really proud of him and what he’s achieved and it’s been wonderful to have played a part in that too.”

Terry went from welcoming babies into the world in her midwifery post with NHS Tayside, which she left almost 18 years ago to go full time at Balhousie, to caring for those in the last moments of their life.

Terry has worked … Read More »


Greensleeves Care appoints three new trustees

Posted on April 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Greensleeves Care appoints three new trustees

Not-for-profit care operator Greensleeves Care has appointed three new trustees – Des Kelly, Dallas Pounds and Kim Davies – who bring a wealth of experience from the care and healthcare industry, property and estates expertise, as well as leadership and governance.

Greensleeves says the appointments reinforce the board at a time of significant expansion and sustainable growth.

Des Kelly brings tremendous experience gained in the care industry. He was the executive director of the National Care Forum from 2003 until his retirement in 2016 and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2007 for services to social care.

Des was also the founder chair of the Care Provider Alliance, is currently the chair of the charity the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA) and previously chaired the advisory group of the ‘My Home Life’ culture change programme and also … Read More »


Professor Trish Morris-Thompson announces her retirement

Posted on March 9th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Professor Trish Morris-Thompson announces her retirement

Caring Times, March 2017

One of the most senior nurses in the care sector, Professor Trish Morris-Thompson, currently Director of Quality and Clinical Governance at Barchester Healthcare, has announced that she is retiring on 28th Feb 2017.

During her 38 year-long career she has worked in high-ranking positions within both the NHS and the private sector and is a vocal ambassador for nurses and carers. She is a practicing nurse and midwife and has had a far-reaching impact across different areas of healthcare through her numerous professional and voluntary roles.

Positions she currently holds include: chief nurse and director of quality and clinical governance at national care provider, Barchester Healthcare; nurse advisor to Care England; trustee for the Florence Nightingale Foundation; and a position in the NMC Professional Strategic Advisory Group.

Professor Morris-Thompson is an established author, often published in professional journals, with an … Read More »


Alzheimer’s Society welcomes David Cameron’s appointment as new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Posted on January 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Alzheimer’s Society welcomes David Cameron’s appointment as new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Former prime minister David Cameron has today (Wednesday, 25th January) been announced as the new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said decades of underfunding had seen dementia research lagging more than 20 years behind the progress seen in cancer research, which received more than six times more funding than dementia.

“David Cameron’s new role as president of Alzheimer’s Research UK will help to keep the spotlight on dementia at a time when we’re all putting the foot on the gas to accelerate dementia research,” said Mr Hughes “Last year, Alzheimer’s Society made its biggest single commitment to dementia research, investing £50m in the UK’s landmark Dementia Research Institute. “However, better care for everyone’s parents and grandparents today is just as important as the search for a cure for our grandchildren. As the nation’s health and social … Read More »


Thank you Georgina, says nursing home

Posted on January 13th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Thank you Georgina, says nursing home

Caring Times, January 2017

A long-serving staff member at a Bristol nursing home said an emotional goodbye to her friends and colleagues as she retired.

Georgina Harriman, Riversway’s quality and performance and training manager, bowed out after a 19-year career with the home. One of the first staff members to join Riversway when it first opened, Georgina, of Hanham in Bristol, helped to establish the home and its reputation for high quality care in her role as a care assistant.

Working her way up to senior carer, Georgina then joined Riversway’s management team. During her career she made many friends and was a highly respected member of staff. Riversway general manager Jan Wilkins said: “Everyone who met her loved her. There were plenty of tears at her leaving do, and so many gifts and cards.

“Georgina really was overwhelmed with the attention and even … Read More »


Difficult choices for Bield

Posted on December 8th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Difficult choices for Bield

Caring Times, December 2016

The retiring Chair of Scotland’s leading provider of housing, care and support services for older people has underlined the importance of people who have devoted their lives to work the in sector.

Gerry O’Sullivan, Chair of Bield, said his last year in the position has been full of challenges but recognised that the hard-work of colleagues and volunteers had contributed to yet another year of progress.

Gerry said: “2015-16 was a difficult but successful year. A year of making plans and setting the direction for the journey in the years ahead. A year where we continued to make changes, reacting to a fast-moving environment, and one where we began to lay the foundations for future change.

“We know there are more tricky decisions ahead for us. We will face some difficult choices about the way we deliver services and how … Read More »


Ian Sinnott’s passing is a double blow

Posted on November 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Ian Sinnott’s passing is a double blow

The care sector in Dorset has been dealt a double blow this year.

Just weeks after being recognised by CQC as Outstanding, The Old Vicarage lost its charismatic leader when Annie Sinnott died in April, and earlier this week her husband also died suddenly at home.

They were a formidable team. Annie drove forward the quality care agenda whilst Ian worked quietly in the background planning the future and securing the funds for the development of the home whilst still finding time to run his own businesses which included importing wine.

Under their stewardship the Old Vicarage grew from one resident in 1985 to the 40-bed home it is today. The local community in Leigh near Sherborne has also benefited from the Sinnotts’ contribution to village life with barbecues, fetes, wine tastings and many other events which they have hosted in their gardens.

The … Read More »


Green tells CLG Committee that poor commissioning is threatening social care

Posted on October 28th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Green tells CLG Committee that poor commissioning is threatening social care

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green, in giving evidence to the communities and local government committee in Parliament at the end of October, as part of its inquiry into the stability and quality of adult social care, said poor commissioning was threatening social care.

Prof. Green also raised the issues of new and additional costs to care providers, very low local authority fees, failed Costs of Care exercises, the variability of commissioning practice and the sector’s ability to recruit and retain staff and the progress of the integration agenda.

“I welcome the committee’s inquiry into adult social care at this crucial time, which I hope will help to ensure that those in need of care are supported to live fulfilling lives,” said Prof. Green after his appearance at the committee hearing.

“I am pleased that the committee has listened to evidence about … Read More »


Sector saddened by Annie Sinnott’s sudden passing

Posted on April 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sector saddened by Annie Sinnott’s sudden passing

Annie Sinnott MBE, owner of the Old Vicarage care home in Leigh, Dorset and one of the care sector’s leading lights, sadly died after a very short illness on Sunday, April 17th.

Annie and her staff at the Old Vicarage have won many awards for the excellence of their care and not least for Annie’s long commitment to staff development and training. The Old Vicarage is one of the very few care homes to have been rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Annie’s passing is a sad loss to the care sector and everyone at Caring Times gives their sincere condolences to Annie’s husband Ian and their family.


CQC should consider camera surveillance as a regulatory tool, says Philip Scott

Posted on April 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CQC should consider camera surveillance as a regulatory tool, says Philip Scott

By using camera technology to monitor care practices in care homes, the Care Quality Commission could continue to do its job effectively while remaining within tightening budget constraints, according to Philip Scott, the managing director of Care Protect, a company which operates a commercial camera surveillance system designed for use in care homes.

In response to reductions in its budget from £249m this financial year to £217m in 2019/20 the CQC has said it plans to inspect adult social care services less often and concentrate on those perceived to be at greatest risk, using quantitative and qualitative information held on providers to spot potential risks more effectively.

Mr Scott says camera surveillance technology should be used by the CQC to trigger an inspection as opposed to visiting a home or hospital simply because it is time to do so. If technology was … Read More »



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