Bupa Global Director of Dementia Care Professor Graham Stokes is to join HC-One in January.
Professor Stokes has been appointed as Director of Memory Care Support Services to ensure the smooth transition of 122 Bupa care homes to HC-One (see BREAKING NEWS: HC-One agrees to buy 122 Bupa care homes).
Professor Stokes said: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this new role at HC-One, particularly as it welcomes some of the Bupa homes to its portfolio.
“I have been inspired by HC-One’s unwavering focus on kindness and I am looking forward to building on this with Justin Hutchens, Dr Chai Patel and the entire management team, and working together to enhance the person-centred memory care that HC-One provides to residents across the UK.”
Professor Stokes is a clinical psychologist and has been a specialist in dementia care since 1984. He has been instrumental in the shaping and communication of person-centred dementia care.
In addition to his leading role at Bupa, Professor Stokes has been the Honorary Visiting Professor of Person-Centred Dementia Care at the University of Bradford since 2012. He is currently a member of the Government’s Challenge on Dementia 2020 Meaningful Care Task and Finish Group, as well as the Co-Chair of Dementia Action Alliance (England).
Justin Hutchens, Chief Executive Officer of HC-One, said: “We are honoured to welcome Professor Stokes to the HC-One family. He has unrivalled experience and expertise – which in itself is a testament to the calibre of talent within Bupa – and his appointment is a significant milestone for HC-One.
“Professor Stokes’ appointment is demonstrative of our commitment to delivering the kindest and most professional care and services to residents living with dementia. I very much look forward to working with him to provide sector-leading memory care services across our growing family of homes.”