We’re celebrating our CEO winning prestigious care award
It was announced last week that Peter Kinsey, Chair and CEO, at Iris Care Group has won this year’s prestigious Social Care Top 30 Award.
The awards are open to senior executives in the care sector and, each year, the nominations are whittled down to a shortlist of 30 before the public are allowed to vote for the final winner.
Peter was nominated by his colleagues at Iris Care Group not only for the work he has done launching this new social care organisation but for his 35 years health and social care experience.
In that time Peter has been a Local Authority Strategic Commissioning Manager and Director of Mental Health Services in the NHS. He was also CEO of Achieve Together for 13 years; in which time he oversaw a complete rebrand and relaunch of the company.
In 2022 he was appointed as Chair and Chief Executive of the nascent Iris Care Group, bringing together two established mental health care providers, Holmleigh Care Homes and Ludlow Street Healthcare.
Peter has an MBA and a MA in the Management of Community Care, Learning Disabilities/Mental Health.
Peter commented: “I was delighted to have been shortlisted for the Social Care Top 30. We have some fantastic leaders in our sector, and it was a real privilege to be included amongst them.
“I was therefore surprised and delighted to win this award and I would like to thank everyone who voted for me.
“Whilst it has been humbling to win, I am delighted to have this opportunity to shine a light on the new Iris Care Group. We employ and support some amazing people and I’m very proud to lead the organisation.”
Yvonne Murray, Iris Care Group’s Group People Director, added: “We could not be prouder of Peter. This award is well deserved. In the last 18 months he has steered our organization through the merger of two existing health and social care organisations straddling both Wales and the West of England.
“Organisational changes like this can create a great deal of anxiety but it is a testament to Peter’s leadership that we have successfully transitioned and are achieving some of our best ever staff survey satisfaction scores.
“Peter takes the time to visit different services every week and chat to the people we support and our staff. His passion for providing the best outcomes we can for the people we support is evident, and he is an inspiration for us all”.
Iris Care Group issues press statment about plans to build holiday camp adjacent to Beechwood College
18 September 2023
Beechwood College in Sully has made it known that it is deeply concerned by the proposals to develop a holiday park on land situated between the college and Ty Hafan children’s hospice on Hayes Road.
Beechwood Colleges provides education for up to seventy-two students with autistic conditions, aged 16 to 25, who require very specialist support due to their unique combinations of clinical, physical, learning, sensory, social, and emotional needs.
The college believes having a peaceful and safe environment is vital both for the education and well-being of their students.
The college is clear that any escalation in people visiting the site, as well as the increased noise and traffic that would result from any such development, will make it much harder for them to provide the necessary therapeutic and safe environment that is essential to their students’ happiness and welfare.
Rachel Newman, Beechwood College Principal, stated: “Our concerns about the physical and emotional risks this development represents for our students cannot be understated.
“Calm and routine are essential for our students; noise and frenzied activities can be very distressing for them and cause them to become very unsettled, putting them at risk of harming themselves and the team that support them.
“Even the increased traffic will pose a considerable risk; our students often struggle to understand the concept of personal safety and busy roads are a particular danger.
“We are grateful for the support that the local community has already provided in opposing these proposals and we are hopeful that the planning authorities for the Vale of Glamorgan will recognize that this is not an appropriate development for this site”
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News from Iris Care Group
Iris Care Group launches as major new care organisation
Ludlow Street Healthcare and Holmleigh Care have relaunched under the new group brand name Iris Care Group. The announcement follows the merger of the two thriving health and social care businesses in England and Wales in 2021.
Ludlow Street Healthcare has supported and cared for over 800 people for nearly 20 years. It has worked in partnership with the NHS, developing services and investing in the necessary health infrastructure and staff training, to support patients through their range of specialist services.
Holmleigh Care was founded in 2000 and provides essential residential care, supported living and domiciliary care services to adults with learning disabilities, mental health issues and neurodegenerative conditions. Holmleigh provides 31 services across Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Swindon and Worcestershire.
Both organisations are experts in providing care and therapeutic support for individuals with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs. In particular, they specialise in providing support for people with complex needs and behaviours that challenge.
With an expanded range of complementary services, Iris Care Group will be able to offer the individuals it supports more comprehensive care and rehabilitation solutions. The group’s new service will offer individuals a seamless journey back into the community, along with greater opportunities to improve their quality of life and regain their independence.
Drawing on the experience and past successes of both organisations, Iris Care Group will continue to focus on delivering high quality, personalised and safe care that treats everyone with dignity; supporting individuals to lead happy, healthy lives.
The combined group will have a total of nearly 1,600 staff supporting almost 450 individuals across more than 50 sites. The group’s central support services will be split between its Cardiff Head Office and its existing Gloucester administration centre.
Iris Care Group is now looking to grow its workforce and has many new opportunities available across the group.
Additionally, the group has strengthened its operational structure to support its ambitious plans by making some key appointments, including appointing Peter Kinsey as group Chair and Chief Executive. Peter is a well-known and respected senior figure in the sector and has more than 37 years’ experience in health and social care. He has been a local authority strategic commissioner, a Director of Mental Health Services in the NHS and spent 13 years as Chief Executive of CMG and more recently, Achieve together.
Peter Kinsey, Chair and Chief Executive, Iris Care Group, commented: “Iris Care Group has been created to help us better deliver on our mission to put the people we support at the heart of everything we do. Providing the highest standards of care is the most important consideration for us in the merged group. We are also committed to ensuring the people we care for and our staff feel valued and respected.
“We are already one of the leading specialist care providers in England and Wales. As Iris Care Group, we will look to grow further to support even more people with complex needs who urgently need the specialist care we can offer. We are also looking forward to welcoming more colleagues to our business to help us on our journey.”
More information about Iris Care Group, and the exciting career opportunities it offers, is available at www.iriscaregroup.co.uk.
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