Tag: Care Awards


New Year’s Honours

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Jan 1: Julie Jones, of SCIE. Andrew Dillon of NICE, Imelda Redmond of Carers UK and Elizabeth Atere-Robert, an Older People’s Nurse Specialist, Ann Mackay, of ECCA, and Ann Parr, a Community Care Development Manager for Age Concern in Woodley, Reading, all received an honour in the   New Year’s Honours List.


Edinburgh care home wins national award for its outstanding dementia care

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Castlegreen Care Home in Edinburgh, part of Four Seasons Health Care, has been crowned Dementia Service of the Year in recognition of its outstanding provision for residents with dementia.

The 60-bed care home was highlighted at this year’s Scottish Care Awards that recognise individual and team efforts in providing care across different environments.

Castlegreen Care Home provides specialist dementia care, which is accredited under Four Seasons’ innovation PEARL Specialist Dementia Services programme.

The scheme looks to promote best practice in dementia care and to reduce the use of psychotropic drugs. To achieve its PEARL status, the care home was assessed under a comprehensive review process, and demonstrated high levels of care and achievement for a set of defined standards against one hundred and fifty different criteria.

Staffing levels and training formed a key element of the assessment process. Castlegreen was measured on the training … Read More »


SCIE’s Jones awarded CBE

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Julie Jones, chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has been awarded a CBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2010.

Speaking about the announcement Ms Jones says: ‘Obviously I am surprised and delighted. It is a real honour and I also take it as a recognition of the crucial work carried out by the social care sector.’

Ms Jones joined SCIE in 2007.

The New Year’s Honours also included a Knighthood for Andrew Dillon, CBE, Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for services to Healthcare; a CBE for Imelda Redmond, Chief Executive, Carers UK, for services to Disadvantaged People; an OBE for Elizabeth Atere-Robert, an Older People’s Nurse Specialist, for services to Healthcare in London; an OBE for Ann Mackay, a Policy Adviser with the English Community Care Association (ECCA), for services to Social Care … Read More »


Retirement village wins two national awards

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Aspire Housing is celebrating after its retirement village in Staffordshire scooped two national awards at the UK Over 50’s Housing Awards.

Mill Rise, in Newcastle-under-Lyme, has been crowned the ‘UK’s most outstanding Extra Care scheme in 2009’. Scheme Manager Diana Wilson was also awarded the prize for ‘Extra Care General Manager of the Year 2009’, at the ceremony in London.

Mill Rise, which opened this summer, is one of the first schemes outside London to combine extra care housing for the over 55s with a state-of-the-art primary care centre.

It comprises 60 one- and two-bedroom extracare apartments for rent and shared ownership and incorporates three GP practices, a pharmacy, restaurant, caf�, bar, and hair salon, in a secure village environment.

Sinead Butters, Chief Executive of the Aspire Group said: ‘Mill Rise was a complex, challenging development and I would like to thank everyone who … Read More »


Major accolade for CLS project

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A care village in Macclesfield, Derbyshire, has won the Best Traditional Design Award at the recent Pinders Healthcare Design Awards.

Owned by CLS Care Services and designed by Pozzoni architects, Belong Macclesfield is the first of 10 care villages planned to be built by CLS over the next seven years.

Belong Macclesfield offers a mix of residential, nursing, dementia and extracare faciliti


Recognition for sector’s top performers

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_Caring Times_ congratulates the companies from the residential care sector which featured in the ‘Britain’s 250 biggest mid-market private companies’ list, published recently in the Sunday Times.

Four Seasons Health Care were in 29th place with sales of £414.4m, compared with £361.9m the previous year. Operating profits were £6.8m. The company owns and operates more than 400 care homes for both the elderly and people with mental health problems. It also has a division catering for those with learning disabilities, brain injuries and special needs.

Barchester Healthcare also ranked highly, coming in at number 41. The company, which employs more than 13,000 staff, had sales this year of £381.6m, an increase of £31m on sales the previous year (operating profit £25m). Barchester Healthcare was set up by founder/director Mike Parsons in 1993 and is now majority owned by Manchester United entrepreneurs John … Read More »


Richmond Villages in line for design award

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Assisted living provider Richmond Villages is to receive a Daily Mail UK Property Award for its new retirement village in Painswick, Gloucestershire.

The award, in the retirement development category, was judged by a panel of professionals from across the property world. Keith Cockell, managing director of Richmond Villages, and the mastermind behind the design of the Painswick retirement village said he looked forward to getting full details of the award in the autumn.


Care homes achieve gold standard in end of life care

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Caring Times, September 2008

The first 35 care homes in the UK to have achieved ‘Gold Standard’ accreditation for end of life care have been named by Help the Aged and new charity Omega, the National Association for End of Life Care.

The Gold Standards Framework for Care Homes Training Programme (GSFCH), aims to improve the organisation and quality of care for residents in the last years of life, to improve team working with others and to reduce avoidable hospital admissions. To qualify for accreditation, care homes must have undertaken the full GSFCH Training programme over nine months, embedded this into their homes for at least six months and then undertake a rigorous accreditation process.

The gold standard care homes are:

Arboretum NH, Walsall

Fieldhead Park, West Yorkshire 

Guys Court care home, Lancashire

Sun Court nursing home

Norfolk Uplands at Oxon, Shrewsbury

Beckside care home, Lincoln

Ben Alexandra House NH, Merseyside

Eshcol House, Cornwall

Eversleigh, Leamin


Caring Times Interview – Des Kelly

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National Care Forum (NCF) executive director DES KELLY was the recipient of the 2007 Care Awards� Care Personality award, sponsored by P&G Professional. Mr Kelly spoke with Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson about his past career and achievements in social care and some of the ongoing challenges.

Des Kelly’s background of work in the residential care sector with both older people and other adults spans a career of 36 years, starting as a care assistant and becoming manager of a care home for 45 older people. His qualifications include B.Sc.(Hons) in Behavioural Science, a Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and M.A. in Applied Social Studies.

He was appointed Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick School of Health and Social Studies in 2003, is a member of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

He joined … Read More »


A five-star rating for pet-friendliness

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Manor House care home in North Walsham, Norfolk, has been given a ‘five-star’ rating for pet-friendliness by national charity the Cinnamon Trust.

Owned by Healthcare Homes, the 52-bed Manor House is also home to two Chihuahuas, a Labrador, a poodle, one cat and two budgies. The care home gained its five star rating after being assessed on the home’s attitude and ambiance, its pet care facilities and its processes for dealing with pet mortalities.

Pam Davis, home manager at The Manor House, said it was pleasing to have received such excellent feedback from the Cinnamon Trust.

“Residents’ pets are very welcome as part of our philosophy of encouraging residents to lead as active a life as possible,” said Ms Davis.

“When somebody moves out of their own home into care, the last thing they want to do is leave their pets. Often, owning and … Read More »



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