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Care UK in the running for a prestigious Health Investor Award

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Care UK is proud to be a finalist at the Health Investor Awards in the Residential Elderly Care Provider of the Year - Large Group category

The Health Investor Awards have recognised the very best in health and social care across two decades. Their various categories include advisory and finance, clinical services, and property. Care UK has won the prestigious accolade for Residential Care Provider of the Year in the Large Group for the past two years in a row.

Care UK’s continued commitment to quality, engagement and growth makes it a strong contender for this year’s Residential Elderly Care Provider of the Year award.

91% of Care UK’s homes are rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, Care Inspectorate Scotland and Care Inspectorate Wales, which is a 4% increase on the previous year. Care UK maintains some of the highest regulatory ratings of larger UK providers, including being the highest-rated care provider in Scotland. 

Care UK continues to partner with leading institutions – including the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies – to support residents with new, innovative ideas. Throughout the year, care and nursing teams completed several pilots and trials of new technologies to push the standard of the best-in-class care. This included a new technology called PainChek, which enables colleagues to identify when someone who cannot articulate their pain is in need of medication or other interventions. This has been found not only to promote comfort and help reduce distress, but also to reduce the use of psychotropic drugs.

An award-winning project to support residents was also launched in 2023. The Hear Well project - which partnered with the Queen’s Nursing Institute and Tympa Health -   piloted the use of technology to identify and treat reversible hearing loss. Care UK nurses identified over 40% of residents in the trial homes who had reversible hearing loss and were able to reverse the condition. In recognition of the trial’s positive outcomes, Care UK was awarded the ‘Nursing in Social Care’ accolade at the Nursing Times Awards 2023.

Care UK is passionate about sharing dementia expertise with families and local communities, who can all benefit from extra support. This is why we launched a new dementia video guide in Spring 2023. This webpage has since had more than 2,000 visits.

Progressive training and career development strategies continue to make their mark among local communities and encourage new colleagues – and aspiring carers – into the sector. Last year, Care UK launched the Open Doors initiative, which engages with teenagers in schools and underrepresented community groups to encourage them to consider a career in care. 

Colleagues continue to work to give back to their community through charitable events – whether these are organised within care homes or are undertaken as individual fundraising challenges.  During the last financial year, Care UK matched more than £24,000 for local and national charities including Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan Cancer Support, Dementia UK, GOSH, and many more.

Care UK will find out if it is a winner at the Health Investor Awards ceremony in London on 5th June.