Andrew Knight. Chief Executive Care UK. Credit Care UK.
An impressive track record in ratings from the quality regulators, an all-time high in resident and relative satisfaction scores and independent evidence that it has outperformed every other care home provider in terms of creating new homes has contributed to Care UK’s shortlisting in two prestigious national awards.
Care UK has reached the finals of the 2021 Health Investor Awards. These promote excellence and recognise innovation in the health and social care sectors and are considered to be some of the best-known and highly regarded awards in these fields.
Commenting on this achievement, Care UK’s Chief Executive Andrew Knight said: “The past year has been a challenging time for care home teams, residents and their relatives so to find out that we’ve been shortlisted in two categories of these awards is a real credit to everyone that has pulled together to continue to deliver excellent care despite the pandemic.”
Care UK has been shortlisted in two categories:
Care Home Provider of the Year
In the entry for this category, judges were shown how Care UK is trusted by over 6500 families to support their loved one in one of its 124 homes. With more good and outstanding rated homes than any other large provider, Care UK makes use of the very latest academic research from the Association for Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester to ensure its dementia care is second to none. This is reflected in satisfaction scores which have continued to improve year-on-year with 93 per cent of residents expressing their satisfaction and a recent survey of their relatives showed their satisfaction with the care has reached its highest ever level despite the pressures of the last 15 months.
Property Developer of the Year
No doubt judges were impressed by the fact that in the last decade, Care UK has opened 53 brand new care homes representing over 4,000 much needed places for residents in England and Scotland. Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the provider managed to continue to drive this ambitious growth in recent months with six beautiful new homes opened in 2020 and a further five due to open in 2021.
Care UK is no stranger to these awards, four years ago it won in the Public/Private Partnership of the Year category for its ground-breaking project with Suffolk County Council to deliver ten new care homes in what was hailed as a shining example of how the independent and public sectors can work together to improve social care and bring much-needed investment into social care.
Care UK teams will have to wait until 13th September to find out whether or not they have won either of the categories at the Health Investor 2021 awards.