Croydon care home retains prestigious Beacon Status for recognition of care


WF-Whitgift House June 2016Whitgift House, part of Whitgift Care, received confirmation this week that it has retained ‘Beacon Status’ for the next three years, having first been awarded it in 2013.

The prestigious ‘Beacon Status’ by the Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes (GSFCH) is awarded for excellence in care homes. Whitgift House is only one of two care homes in Croydon to have achieved this top status award.

The Gold Standards Framework (GSF) is the UK’s most widely used end of life care training programme and Whitgift House has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to meeting the wishes of its residents in the final months of their lives through better planned, more coordinated and compassionate care.

To be accredited, the home had to show that it consistently meets strict criteria in 20 different areas, ranging from leadership and support to dignity and respect, as well as submitting a full portfolio of evidence.

Philomena Kavanagh, Whitgift House Manager, said: “Obtaining the highest ‘Beacon Status’ accreditation by the Gold Standards Framework makes me very proud. The excellence of care for our residents including supporting their wishes and dignity are at the heart of everything we do, and it is great when it is recognised officially like this. It is a demonstration of how hard my staff have worked, not just to attain it, but also to maintain it, so my thanks must go out to them.”

The GSF Quality Hallmark Award is recognised externally as a means of objective quality assurance by the Care Quality Commission and by commissioners – GSF is now used as part of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulation process for care homes.


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