Orchard Care Homes bolsters care quality credentials of its board

Tony Felton and Robbie Burns

Orchard Care Homes, which runs more than 100 care and nursing homes across the South and Midlands of England, has made two non-executive director level appointments.

Robbie Burns joins as the new non-executive chair of the board. Following a career in the military, Mr Burns spent ten years at Bupa, before taking senior management roles at Healthcall and Nestor Healthcare.

He was CEO of Clinovia, a home healthcare company, which was acquired by Bupa, and supported the Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts and NHS Foundation hospitals.

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He is currently non-executive chair of the National Fostering Agency, a social enterprise called The Garden Classroom, and non-Executive director of the Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Tony Felton has also joined Orchard as a non-executive director. Dr Felton has extensive experience in the healthcare and life sciences sectors, acting as a management consultant and in senior executive roles that include medical director for BUPA Home Healthcare.

 

Paul Mancey, Orchard’s chief Executive, says the latest appointments are part of the operator’s drive to improve quality of care. “We are delighted that we are working with a complete board, focusing on the future of quality care and their delivery by Orchard Care Homes. Having embedded a number of recent acquisitions, we are committed to continue our consolidation and growth, focusing on delivering high quality care management services to all those who use and work with our homes.”

Mr Burns and Dr Felton join a board that recently welcomed Lorraine Lee in the newly created role of director of nursing. Ms Lee, a registered nurse for nearly forty years, joined the company earlier this year to drive nursing initiatives forward and look at recruitment and retention of nursing staff across the group’s estate.

Ms Lee has previously held roles including regional operations director for Barchester, company director at Independent Living Group & Ansel Ltd, hospital director with Care Principles, training manager and Clinical Manager with Partnerships in care as well as working in the NHS as a ward sister and staff nurse.

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