Care UK teams are delighted to have been recognised in nine different categories at the prestigious Care Home Awards which celebrate the very best in excellence and innovation in care.
Up against many other social care providers across the country, Care UK scooped seven wins and two highly commended trophies at the virtual ceremony.
Care UK’s wins include the Gold Trophy Award for The Best Larger Care Home Group for the second year running. Judges were impressed by the organisation’s ambitious new build development programme and remarkable year-on-year improvements in employee engagement, regulator ratings and resident and relative satisfaction.
On winning the Gold Trophy, Care UK’s CEO, Andrew Knight, said: “The last six months have been an incredible challenge for the sector and the pandemic continues to test us all. This achievement is testament to the incredible dedication of all our Care UK colleagues who have worked so hard throughout this difficult time as they have continued to provide the best quality care for residents whilst supporting each other.”
Further wins include the Best Care Home Marketing, Advertising or PR Campaign or Initiative which was awarded to Care UK for their focus on the importance of movement and exercise in promoting health and wellbeing amongst all residents and colleagues via the Ride800 campaign.
The entire organisation came together for this campaign – a challenge in which three executive team members cycled 800 miles to raise over £45,000 for three important care sector charities. The campaign received local and national media attention and care teams across the country undertook their own fundraising and found a wide range of ways to get involved.
Care UK’s Marketing Director Jacqui White said: “Cycling 800 miles from our southern-most home in Poole to our northern-most in Aberdeen was no easy feat. For me, the biggest highlight was seeing the amount of joy that our supported bike brought to residents, relatives and colleagues. Many residents who thought their cycling days were behind them were beaming when they came back from their ride – it was incredibly humbling.”
As well as these two trophies, Care UK homes and team members also received awards or highly commended placings in seven other categories:
- The close bonds that the Cheviot Court team has with residents saw them win the Best for Specialist Care award.
- Muriel Street won Best for Sporting, Social or Leisure Activities for their passion in supporting residents to live meaningful lives.
- Millers Grange won the Best for Architecture, Interior Design or Communal Spaces in recognition of the home’s contemporary dementia-friendly design.
- The Namaste care programme at Whitefarm Lodge saw them win in the Best for Non-Clinical Facilities category.
- Tor-Na-Dee’s sensory gardens provide meaningful activity for both residents and their families and helped them scoop the award for Best Garden or Outdoor Space.
- Skylark House were highly commended for being the Best Individual Care Home in a Group.
- As the first Care UK new-build home to achieve an ‘Outstanding’ CQC inspection rating, Mercia Grange received highly commended recognition for Best New Care Home.
Commenting on the award wins and high commendations, Andrew Knight said: “Receiving so many awards is fantastic. I’d like to congratulate everyone and I’m proud to work with such a passionate, caring and forward-thinking group of people.”