Global recognition for Springhill Care Group

The work of Springhill Care Group has been recognised on the international stage.


The Accrington-based group, which operates homes in Lancashire and Bristol, was shortlisted for the International Investors in People awards after becoming one of only six care providers in the country to achieve the coveted Investors in People Gold against the new sixth generation standard, in January 2017.

The Awards provide the opportunity to benchmark against high performing organisations globally and recognises the people and teams that make the difference every day, highlighting excellence from across the Investors in People global community.


This year the 12 award categories focused on the main elements of what it means to be an Investor in People, from Excellence in Leadership and Management, to Excellence in Social Responsibility to Leader of the Year and Best Newcomer.


Springhill competed for the title of Gold Employer of the Year, for organisations with 250-4,999 staff, drawn from Investors in People holders from around the world.


Other finalists included Lancashire-based luxury holiday park Ribby Hall and the award-winning construction company, Beard.


Ultimately, Springhill Care Group was chosen in sixth place for the award, with Vision Labs Ltd, part of the Specsavers Group, winning first place.


Ken Nolan, founder and chairman of the Springhill Care Group, said: “We’re thrilled to be recognised globally and to appear alongside some fantastic, household name companies.


“At Springhill Care Group we understand our greatest assets are our people, and we’re keen to ensure that our staff are supported in every way we can.”


Paul Devoy, head of Investors in People, said: “This year’s Investors in People Awards were the biggest and best to date. It was fantastic to see so many worthy organisations nominated for outperforming in their sector, demonstrating great people management practice and a commitment to staff development.”



In the pocket

There’s nothing better on a cold and windy afternoon than having a few games of pool.

Birch Green has some very keen pool players, so they selected their cues and took to the table for a game.

At the end of the afternoon, Royce and Billy were drawing level, and they’ve agreed on a rematch to be held soon.


Vicky helps to take care home into new era

Vicky has joined the Birch Green management team as the home develops its range of services.

With many years of experience in the NHS as a fully qualified nurse, Vicky Sudworth has joined the team to help develop services to the local community including nursing and personal care, specialist dementia care, learning disabilities and mental health conditions.

She said: “I’m hugely excited to be joining Birch Green at this time as we understand further the needs of the local community and how we can offer them quality of services locally that live up to the vision and values of the company. My dad ran care homes for many years so I have always been around them and know what needs to be done to make a happy home.”

Vicky moves to Birch Green from her role working as a nurse in the Accident and Emergency department at Wigan Royal Albert Edward Infirmary.

Phillippa McGrath, General Manager of Birch Green Care Home, said: “Vicky brings a wealth of experience from the nursing sector and a great positive attitude as we move forward which will help us as we further develop our services to even higher levels for now and the longer term.”


Birch Green Care Home is part of the award-winning Springhill Care Group, which also operates homes in Accrington and Bristol offering a wide range of high quality long-term personalised care and support for adults and older people, including those requiring nursing care, specialist dementia care and specialist end of life care and other complex healthcare needs.


Awards success for Springhill Group

Staff from across the Springhill Care Group have been recognised by one of the industry’s leading award ceremonies.

Following an event held in Manchester, the group walked away as winners of two top titles at the Great North West Care Awards.

Winners of the regional awards go on to a national final to be held in March next year.

In total, Springhill Care Group and its staff were nominated for 13 awards, including Springhill Care Home’s own Susan Balaz who was shortlisted in the Good Nurse category.


At the North West heats, a team from Birch Green Care Home in Skelmersdale was crowned the winners of the Palliative Care / End of LifeAward. The award is given to the person who can demonstrate ‘how special and professional they have to be to support someone who is at the end of their life.’

Meanwhile, Springhill Care Group managing director Donna Briggs was recognised as winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Social Care award – an individual the judges believed has ‘made a long-term outstanding contribution’ to social care.

This is the third time a representative of Springhill Care Group has won the North West outstanding contribution award – in 2015 Kath Parkinson, the group’s director for quality and compliance, won the award, and chairman Ken Nolan in 2016. Ken also went onto win the national final.

Judges said of Birch Green’s winners: “The team at Birch Green showed exceptional end of life skills that really make a difference at one of the most important times of a person’s life and that of their loved ones.”

Donna Briggs was described as: “always on hand to provide support to the staff, residents and visitors.”

Donna said: “These awards are a fantastic recognition of the great work being done across Springhill Care Group.

“The team from Birch Green has shown tremendous dedication and commitment to care at what can clearly be an upsetting time for all concerned.

“On a personal level I was speechless to receive my award, particularly as it’s the third time in as many years a representative of Springhill Care Group has been recognised in this way.”





To view more photographs on our Facebook page, please click HERE


Display marks Remembrance Day  

Birch Green Care Home’s central display has been updated to mark Remembrance Day.


The popular display, in Birch Green’s reception area, is changed each month to reflect seasonal occasions or events.


It has now been updated to mark Remembrance Day for 2017, and it features two familiar figures – mannequins we have used before to represent wartime lovers. Remember last year when they met on the bench? This year the pair are getting married, and they have been dressed up to reflect this.

We look forward to next year’s display to see what it has in store for our wartime couple.







Subscribe (opt in) to receive our monthly communications

Contact Us

Contact: General Manager - Phillippa McGrath

Birch Green Care Centre
Ivydale, Birch Green
Skelmersdale, Lancashire WN8 6RS

Tel: 01695 50916
Fax: 01695 51301
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Call Us: 01695 50916


Care Homes & Services


Click HERE for Birch Green Care Home’s individual survey results on


Review us HERE on