Kingsley Healthcare CEO Daya Thayan hailed the company’s 20th anniversary year as “recognition of who we are and what we have become”.
He said 2019 had been a year to “showcase our achievements and the dedication and hard work of our 1,700-plus
“Our achievements have again been recognised in the sector through such honours as our carehome.co.uk Top 20 Large Care Home Groups status and my nomination for the Health Investor Power Fifty awards,” he said.
“However, the achievement we should always be most proud of is the difference we make to the lives of the people in our care and the support we give to the families and the communities we serve.” Mr Thayan said 2019 had been a year of significant advancement for Kingsley, cementing its position as a major employer across East Anglia and growing player in the North West, Midlands and on the South Coast.
“The year has seen us launch an exciting new brand, Kingsley Home Care, and we have started work on a new flagship nursing home in Brackley, Northamptonshire, as well as completing a stunning new-build and improvement scheme at Highcliffe Nursing Home, in Dorset,” he said.
“Importantly, through restructuring our operations team and appointing key new staff we have started a determined and successful drive to take our service standards to a new level – we are already seeing the results with good CQC reports at Woodbridge and Highcliffe which was judged outstanding for its responsiveness.”
Mr Thayan said while Kingsley had developed into a national operator, it was still just as committed to Lowestoft where it had started with the purchase of Lilac Lodge care home in 1999.
He said: “From January, our head office, Kingsley House, will be open six days a week and in June we hope to make that seven days a week.
“Our aim is to create more jobs for local people with part-time and flexi-time opportunities that might appeal to working mothers.”
He said 2020 would also see Kingsley relentlessly pursuing its 2025 vision towards doubling the size of the group. “We are poised to announce three land acquisitions for new-build homes and we are looking to quickly add a further two new-build projects,” he said.
“Early in the year we will be opening a second Kingsley Home Care branch in Diss to cover Norfolk and Suffolk; our live-in care service already operates countrywide and we will be expanding that as well.”