Runwood Homes triumphs at Northern Ireland awards


Runwood Care Homes has been named Best Kept Residential Care Home in the 2016 Best Kept Healthcare Facility Awards in Northern Ireland.

Weaver’s House Care Home in Cookstown and Magherafelt Manor in Magherafelt came first and second, resepectively, in the northern section of the awards, with Clifton House finishing runners up in the Belfast/Eastern region.

John Rafferty, the Northern Ireland director of operations for Runwood Homes said he was “thrilled by the achievement of the award winners in setting such a high standard and raising the bar for the future”.

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Mr Rafferty said Runwood’s success was down to “the preparation for entry to these awards started last year with a clear plan to involve our residents, relatives and staff teams”.

“The journey in coming to this level was an enjoyable one and it has improved the quality of life and experiences for everyone,” he added.

“Our care homes are part of the local communities and everyone should be proud of them.”

Judging for the awards was unannounced by an independent panel with marks being awarded in a number of categories that included cleanliness, environmental enhancement, the absence of litter and service user involvement.

The awards ceremony was hosted by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in Appleby Social Education Centre with the presentations being made to the winning care homes by Charlotte McArdle, chief nursing officer at the Department of Health for Northern Ireland.

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