Care home wins prestigious award

Owner of Valerie Manor care home Zoe Bates (right) pictured in June with Pat Nightingale. Photo by Derek Martin

Owner of Valerie Manor care home Zoe Bates (right) pictured in June with Pat Nightingale. Photo by Derek Martin

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An Upper Beeding care home has been announced as the national care home of the year.

Valerie Manor residential and nursing home, located in Henfield Road, Upper Beeding, was presented with the title at the National Care Awards last month.

Owner and manager of Valerie Manor Zoe Bates said: “On Friday November 25 2016 at a prestigious awards ceremony in London, Valerie Manor was named the National Care Home of 2016.

“I am sure you can imagine what this means for myself, the team and our residents. We are all very proud and we can’t stop smiling.

“If we look at 2015 to 2016 we have been awarded the National Care Team of 2015, awarded with the first outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission in West Sussex – still only one per cent of care homes have this rating – and now to bring 2016 to a close with the National Care Home of the year is such an honour.”

Valerie Manor staff were presented with the award by Keith Duffy at the high-profile awards night held on Friday November 25 at the Hilton London Metropole hotel.

Judges involved in deciding the winners said: “The judges chose Valerie Manor because it has outstanding leadership, community and resident involvement, a waiting list for staff and residents, and is a happy home for all.”

The annual National Care Awards organised by Caring Times magazine – a management sector for the social care sector – was attended by over 700 guests

The awards are designed to celebrate the very best people in the long-term care sector, whilst highlighting excellence and rewarding those who work tirelessly to provide consistently outstanding care.

In all, there were 18 categories to enter with four or five finalists in each category decided by three independent judges.

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