A March care home for adults with mental health illnesses wins top award in London

Pic shows (from left to right): Craegmoor winners Kim Griffin, team leader, Kensington Bungalow; Ann

Pic shows (from left to right): Craegmoor winners Kim Griffin, team leader, Kensington Bungalow; Annika Short, registered manager, Kensington Bungalow; and Michael Portillo. - Credit: Archant

Staff at a residential care home in March are celebrating after winning a top award at a prestigious ceremony in London.

The event celebrates the achievements of independent health care providers which sees fierce competition from across the UK.

The Craegmoor-run home beat 10 other finalists to the top spot in the social care category for Kensington Bungalow in Dagless Way, March.

The home is part of Conquest Lodge, a service for adults with mental health illnesses who were previously struggling to live unsupported in the community without frequent readmissions to hospital.

Sarah Hughes, CEO of Craegmoor, said: “It has been a brilliant year for Craegmoor, and this award underlines and recognises our mission to bring together the best people and deliver the highest quality care.

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“I am very proud to be leading the people who make Craegmoor so successful.”

Annika Short, registered manager of Kensington Bungalow, said: “It was a privilege to receive the award which was recognition of a whole team effort, and I am immensely proud of both the team and our residents.”

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The home won the Best Residential Care Award at the 2015 LaingBuisson Awards ceremony in London which was presented by former cabinet minister the Rt Hon. Michael Portillo.

The service offers 24/7 specialist residential support with enough support to empower and encourage individuals to develop the skills they need to live as independently as possible, and achieve positive outcomes.

Craegmoor, which supports people with learning disabilities and mental health needs, is part of the Priory Group which runs the UK’s largest network of mental healthcare hospitals and clinics in the UK.

LaingBuisson CEO William Laing said: “Over the past decade it’s given me great pleasure to recognise and reward the invaluable contribution that private, independent and voluntary sector providers make to this economy.”

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