Suffolk care group crowned Care Employer of the Year at national awards

Catherine Catchpole, Roger Catchpole and Ruth French, of Stow Healthcare. Picture: HOLLY RIGGS

Catherine Catchpole, Roger Catchpole and Ruth French, of Stow Healthcare. Picture: HOLLY RIGGS - Credit: Archant

A care home group run by a Suffolk farming family is celebrating after scooping two national accolades.

Roger Catchpole at Brandon Park nursing home, which gained an 'outstanding' rating from inspectors.

Roger Catchpole at Brandon Park nursing home, which gained an 'outstanding' rating from inspectors. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Stow Healthcare was crowned Care Employer of the Year, and staff at its Brandon Park Nursing Home, recently rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, were awarded Management Team of the Year at the Caring UK Awards in York.

The judging process included a site visit by a member of the awards team who toured the company’s homes, and compiled a detailed report. The judging panel included Professor Martin Green of Care England, Nadra Ahmed of the National Care Association and Raj Kapoor of Alzheimer’s Society.

Operations director Ruth French described it as a “fantastic achievement”. The business, based at Stowlangtoft, near Bury St Edmunds, was started by the Catchpole family in 2010 and now has four homes across Suffolk and Norfolk.