Barchester Healthcare, the UK’s third largest care provider, recognised and rewarded the best of their employees at the Barchester Care Awards 2018 in Manchester at The Midland Hotel on the 11th of October.
The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile for the benefit of residents and patients living in Barchester care homes and independent mental health hospitals. There were 19 categories which included ‘Registered Nurse of the Year’, won by Ridel Francisco from Lynde House Care Home in Twickenham; and ‘Lifetime Achievement of the Year’, which was won by Gillian Mcknight from Four Hills Care Home in Strathclyde, and ‘Chef of the Year’, which was won by Dinar Matre from Strachan House Care Home in Edinburgh.
Special awards of the night included the ‘Residents Garden of the Year’ award which was presented to 91 year old resident Bob Maven from Chester Court Care Home in Northumberland for his wonderful green thumb at the home, and another to Barchester’s youngest volunteer Anais Rose Davis, who was presented with the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award for her efforts to bridge the generational gap at Tyspane Care Centre in Devon.
Barchester’s CEO Dr Pete Calveley the presenter for the night and a judge for two categories said that “This event is all about recognising our incredible staff for their contributions to care at our Barchester homes and hospitals, and celebrating their dedication to not only the individuals we care for, but to their teams, their communities and to the wider business. It’s always a hugely enjoyable and moving event. The awards recognise individuals who have worked hard to celebrate the lives of those who live with and are cared by us here at Barchester. They recognise people who promote our key values of dignity, independence, responsibility, integrity, and have a passion for person-centred care, with a strong commitment to our overall purpose of providing a premium caring experience.
Graham Allen, the Senior General Manager of Worplesdon View Care Home in Surrey and the national winner for the General Manager of the Year said of his win that, “I am very proud, and very honoured to be receiving this award. We work hard here at Barchester with a focus on the people we care for, and not for accolades, but it really is very special to be recognised in this way.”