Avery Healthcare has been named Residential Care Provider of the Year at the annual Health Investor Awards.
The operator topped a list of finalists, all recognised for the quality of their service, that included Advinia, Amore Care, Avery Healthcare, Barchester Healthcare, Care UK, Caring Homes, Country Court Care and Maria Mallaband Care Group.
Companies had to submit a detailed nomination document that outlined their achievements. Operators that did not submit nominations were not considered for the award.
The past 12 months has been described by the company as “a defining year for the Avery Healthcare Group”.
It has seen the introduction of its Hotel with Care concept and the development of a comprehensive and unique Well-being Programme.
Avery has also developed a sophisticated apprenticeship scheme and an advanced carer programme as part of its focus on staff development and training.
The company also claims to have been the first care sector provider to introduce an Integrated governance model that covers all the aspects of good governance: to be safe, effectively run, and customer focused.
Avery also developed a portfolio for all nurses to support their revalidation, supported by clinical networks, nurse-qualified regional managers and other senior nurses within the company.
In 2015 Avery became the first social care provider to work in conjunction with the Department of Health to pilot an independent nurse prescriber in one of its care homes. This role will inform future skill mix reviews within the group, utilises nurses more effectively, reduces pressure on GP services, and improves outcomes for residents.
Pictured above are: Sharon Winfield, director of Operations, John Strowbridge, Chief Executive, Sandra Stark. director of care and quality, and founding director Ian Matthews (source: Avery Healthcare Facebook page).