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Celebrating Service, Loyalty and Achievement at Hutchinson Care Homes

Hutchinson Care Homes Limited is a major employer in the Antrim area and every employer needs good staff who are committed to the business, its services and its customers. In a care setting this is especially true and those who benefit from the provision of professional care […]

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ihcp Care Awards 2017

ihcp Care Awards 2017 Winners and Finalists FLOURISHING Winner Annie Lake, Ratheane Home, Macklin Group   Finalist Miss Joyce Neill, Bradley Manor, Healthcare Ireland Group Miss Karen Meadows , Bramley Cottage, Priory Adult Care Father Harry Coyle, Moneymore Care Home, Four Seasons Healthcare Mr. Kevin Loughlin, Bannview […]

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Independent Heath Care awards are Launched at the AGM

Northern Ireland Independent Care Awards 2017 Thursday 5th October Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast At 7pm Lead Sponsor – Kingscrest Award Categories                                                     […]

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Hutchinson Care Homes Celebrate

There was cause for celebration at Hutchinson Care Homers recently as they were awarded the EFQM ( European Foundation for Quality Management ) Recognised for Excellence Award at a ceremony at The Clandeboye Lodge Hotel , Bangor.   Hutchinson Care Homes  Celebrate First Care Home EFQM  Recognised […]

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Four Season’s Success at the British Journal of Nursing Awards, London.

  Dear All   I would like to inform you of our recent success at the British Journal of Nursing Awards on Friday 10th March 2017 in London.   Alana Irvine was named as the Nutritional Nurse of the Year at the British Journal of Nursing Awards […]

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Macklin Group Honour Long Serving Staff

MACKLIN CARE HOMES HONOURS LONG SERVING STAFF  PRESS RELEASE 24 January 2017   Staff members at the family-run Macklin Care Homes in Northern Ireland have been honoured for their tireless work and dedication to the care of their residents over the last 30 years. Over 100 employees […]

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Bluebird Care Coleraine win at the Women in Business Awards 2016

Bluebird Care Coleraine win at the Women in Business Awards 2016   Domiciliary care provider Bluebird Care Coleraine scooped the Excellence in IT award at the sixth annual Women in Business Awards held in Belfast on the 17th November. The award win follows Bluebird Care Coleraine’s implementation […]

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Bradley Manor held a special event to celebrate 50 years of marriage for Vincent and Margaret

  Belfast Care Home Bradley Manor held a very special event recently for Vincent Wilson, one of its residents. Vincent and his wife Margaret decided to celebrate 50 years of marriage by renewing their vows at the Life Cafe in Bradley Manor. The big day started out […]

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Interview with Stephen Nolan on Care Home Closures

Pauline Warns Stephen Nolan of Inevitable closures of care Homes click here to hear interview

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Karen Patterson interviews MarieLouise Connolly, Health Correspondent and Pauline Shepherd, ihcp CEO “funding needs to be increased to meet the growing need of Home Care Packages.

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ihcp are warning that it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide home care packages to the sick and elderly.

Click here to hear Pauline’s interview with Donna Trainer

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Paulines Interview with BBC Newline on the New NLW

Pauline speaks with BBC Newsline what the NLW will mean to the Care Sector (click on the link below)

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Hospital Bed Blocking

Hospital Bed Blocking costs NHS England £900m per year click to read article

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Press Release Minister Announces £1.6M support Package for Care Sector

Subject: DHSSPS News Release  – MINISTER ANNOUNCES £1.6M SUPPORT PACKAGE FOR CARE SECTOR DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, SOCIAL SERVICES AND PUBLIC SAFETY   Strictly embargoed until 00.01hrs Monday 1 February 2016   MINISTER ANNOUNCES £1.6M SUPPORT PACKAGE FOR CARE SECTOR   Health Minister Simon Hamilton has announced the […]

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Minister injects £1.6 million into independent Sector Pauline is interviewed by Radio Foyle and Good Morning Ulster

CLick here to hear interview with Radio Foyle   Click here to Interview with Good Morning Ulster

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Paulines Interview with Maggie Taggart on Delayed Discharges

Interview with Maggie Taggart on the issue of delay discharges from Hospital and the critical issues the care home and home care sector is facing.  Click here to hear interview

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Paulines interview with Conor Bradford on Rating System in care Homes

Paulines interview with Conor Bradford on Rating System in care Homes click here to hear interview

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Pauline’s interview on Pressures in Care Homes

Pauline Shepherd Interview with Evening Extra on 26th November explaining the pressures on the Care Home Sector.  Interview can be heard by clicking on this link.

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Janet Montgomery With similar pressures

Ration Ulsters interview with Janet Montgomery, Hutchinson Care Homes.  Janet reports on how Four Seasons are not the only Care Homes facing similar Challenges.  Click here to listen to the interveiw

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Nolan show on Four Seasons home closures

Nolan Ulster Radio Programme – covering the closures of four seasons homes and the pressure care homes are currently facing. I was asked to participate in this programme to discuss the impact on care home providers – please click here to listen to the broadcast Pauline Shepherd

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Congratulations to all our finalists and winners from our N. Ireland Independent Care Awards evening which took place on Thursday 17th October at the Malone Lodge Hotel, Belfast.

A wonderful night was had by all.  Please find below the list of finalists and winners:

Flourishing Award

Harry Reid, Hutchinson Care Homes- Winner

Marie McCartney, Macklin Group – Highly Commended

Dr. Fred Wright, Belfast Central Mission – Highly Commended

Backbone Award

Lucy McCreery, Domestic Care Group - Joint Winner

Gillian Masson, Healthcare Ireland Group -Joint Winner

Lisa Steele, Hutchinson Care Homes

Andrew McQuillen, Belfast Central Mission

Care Team – Residential Housing with Care Award

Strand Residential Unit, Priory Group - Winner

Aaron House , Presbyterian Church in Ireland/Council for Social Witness

Burleigh Hill House, MD Healthcare

Rosevale Lodge, Four Seasons Healthcare

Nursing Award

Laura Campbell, Macklin Group - Winner

Josette Fernandez, Four Seasons Healthcare

Brenda Service, Wilson Group

Care Team – Nursing Home Award

Larne Care Centre, Wilson Group - Winner

Nursing Care Team, Castleview Private Nursing Home

Domnall Intermediate Care, Four Seasons Healthcare

Specialist Practice Award

Laura Ferguson, Four Seasons Healthcare - Winner

Laura Paterson Spa Nursing Homes Ltd

Mary Stevenson, Healthcare Ireland Group

Care Team – Domiciliary and Care at Home Award

Newtownabbey Team, Homecare Independent Living - Winner

Ards Peninsula Locality Support Team, Optimum Care

Rapid Response Team, Connected Health Ltd

Innovation Award

Ryan Williams, Connected Health Ltd - Winner

Recovery Star Model, Four Seasons Healthcare

Jacqui Corscadden, Age N.I.

Leadership Award

Kathie Stevenson, Beechvale Nursing Home - Winner

Kayleigh Hunniford, Priory Adult Care

Louise McConville, Radius Housing Association


Team Spirit Award

Burleigh Hill House, MD Healthcare - Winner