Barchester Healthcare Foundation

Barchester Healthcare is the UK’s 4th largest care home provider, servicing over 10,000 people in over 170 locations across the UK. It provides care and support to both young adults and the elderly. It was awarded the 2009 Best 20 Companies to work for by the Times newspaper. The 14,721-strong workforce at the company’s 170-plus homes feel they can make a valuable contribution to the success of the organization (73%, a top 10 score) and find chief executive Mike Parsons an inspiration (61%).

History:

Barchester Healthcare is the 4th largest nursing care provider in the UK and the premium operator in the sector. Founded by chief executive Mike Parsons in 1994, Barchester Health care was a merger of Eskgrove and the County Life Centres. The creation of Barchester Healthcare steamed from a personal desire from Mike Parsons to find a good high quality care home for two of his elderly relatives. Moreton Hill care home, set in the idyllic surroundings in the Cotswolds was the first of Barchester’s care homes and was awarded the Care Home Design Award in 1994.

Operations:

Barchester Healthcare has its head office based in Chelsea south west London, where it conducts all of its operations including finance, design, planning and marketing. Barchester also has a sister company which operates from and services those in the Republic of Ireland, with its Head Office based in Trim, County Meath. In 2009 Barchester Healthcare acquired Autism North’s Swanton Care and Community, which is a national provider of support for young people with complex needs.

Care Homes:

Barchester Healthcare is a nationwide organisations which has care homes in over 170 different locations across the UK, including, England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, which services over 10,000 people. Specialist care services available with Barchester Healthcare include; Parkinson’s disease, Neuro Rehabilitation, Mental Health Care, Physical Disability, Young Onset Dementia, Huntington’s disease, Minimally Conscious/Ventilator Care and Multiple Sclerosis, where specific care homes are each tailored to those very specialists needs. As of April 2008 Barchester Healthcare has published their CSCI star rating as a simple way of explaining the quality of a care home, transparency is key for our sector.