Barchester Healthcare

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Barchester Healthcare
Founded1992, Mike Parsons
HeadquartersFinsbury Square, London
Number of locations
220 (November 2013)

Barchester Healthcare Ltd is one of the biggest independent care providers in the United Kingdom, running over 200 care homes and seven registered hospitals across the country.

The organisation employs over 17,000 staff who care for over 11,000 individuals in care homes which offer a range of services from residential and nursing care to dementia care and more.[1]

Barchester’s head office is located in Finsbury Square, London. It also has offices across the UK, in locations including Berkhamsted, Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes, Wiltshire and Inverness.

The organisation’s CEO is Dr Pete Calveley.[2]


Barchester Healthcare was founded in 1992 by Mike Parsons. After discovering through his own personal experience how difficult it was to find a good quality care home for two of his relatives, he bought Moreton Hill, a 17th-century farm in the Cotswolds, and converted it into a care home which he felt was to a high enough standard.[3]

In 1994, Moreton Hill won the Care Home Design award at the Great South Western Care Awards and featured on BBC’s Countryfile as an example of design sympathetically managed for a rural environment.

The next care homes to be opened by Parsons were Badgeworth Court Care Home and Hunters Care Centre in 1995.

Barchester continued to expand its portfolio and now[when?] runs over 200 homes across the country, offering a broad range of services.


[4] Recent corporate awards included Health Investor’s prestigious ‘Best Residential Provider’, Pinders awards for building design and awards for training.[5] Barchester Healthcare also received a RoSPA Gold Award in 2016 for occupational health and safety.[6]

Barchester is the only care provider that made the Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For list in 2014 and is also certified as one of Britain’s Top Employers 2014.[7]

Recent awards for individual members of staff include: Kath Thomas, Llys Y Tywysog Care Home won a silver award in the Commitment to Quality in Housekeeping & Hospitality category at the Wales Care Awards 2015.

Busisiwe Zuma, Hafan Y Coed Care Home won a silver award in the Outstanding Service category at the Wales Care Awards 2015.[8]

Sue Arnold, Barchester's Regional Director for care homes in Cheshire, won the ‘Care Operations Manager’ category at the National Care Awards hosted by Caring Times, in December 2014.[9]

Barchester has also won a coveted care home design Award, The Pinders, which it won in 2018 for the Spires Care Home in Lichfield.


  1. ^ "Company profile - Barchester Healthcare".
  2. ^ "CEO Dr Pete Calveley takes Barchester under his care - Barchester Healthcare".
  3. ^ "Origins - Barchester Healthcare".
  4. ^ "Barchester was awarded the Gold Award from RoSPA". 28 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Company profile - Barchester Healthcare".
  6. ^ "Barchester collects Gold Award for Health and Safety - Barchester Healthcare".
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Team, The Editorial. "Winners of Wales Care Awards announced at emotional ceremony in Cardiff".
  9. ^ "Barchester director scoops award". Cheshire Today. 5 December 2014. Archived from the original on 3 April 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2014.

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