Home is flying high with new top accolade

Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian'Presentation of award at Peregrine House, Whitby, North Yorkshire. Owner Dr Kevin O'Sullivan  is pictured holding the award with staff celebrating.'PICTURE TAKEN ON TUESDAY 6 AUGUST 2013
Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian'Presentation of award at Peregrine House, Whitby, North Yorkshire. Owner Dr Kevin O'Sullivan is pictured holding the award with staff celebrating.'PICTURE TAKEN ON TUESDAY 6 AUGUST 2013

A Whitby care home has become the first in the country to be presented with a new award for its excellence which was handed over by the town’s MP.

Robert Goodwill visited Peregrine House on Tuesday to give the accolade to the residential care home’s owners Dr Kevin and Teresa O’Sullivan.

Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian'Presentation of award at Peregrine House, Whitby, North Yorkshire. Owner Dr Kevin O'Sullivan (centre right) is pictured receiving the award from Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby. On the left is Dave Allan, managing director of Excellence Squared Ltd. Also pictured are, from left, Alison Bedford (manager at Peregrine House);  Hayley Allen, assessor; and Teresa O'Sullivan, owner.'PICTURE TAKEN ON TUESDAY 6 AUGUST 2013

Picture: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian'Presentation of award at Peregrine House, Whitby, North Yorkshire. Owner Dr Kevin O'Sullivan (centre right) is pictured receiving the award from Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby. On the left is Dave Allan, managing director of Excellence Squared Ltd. Also pictured are, from left, Alison Bedford (manager at Peregrine House); Hayley Allen, assessor; and Teresa O'Sullivan, owner.'PICTURE TAKEN ON TUESDAY 6 AUGUST 2013

The residential care home is the first care home in the country to be presented with the Excellence in Care Standard.

The new national and international accreditation recognises care establishments which can demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement and Peregrine was the first in the pilot to receive the award.

Dr O’Sullivan told the Whitby Gazette: “I’m pleased that we’ve achieved it. We aim to be good in all that we do for the benefit of the residents and it’s good to have that recognised.

“We care about what we do.

“We treat our residents as we would the most important members of our own families.”

The excellence award is just one in a number of awards and accolades Peregrine House and its staff have received including manager Alison Bedford who won the title of Care Home Registered Manager of the Year Award at the Great British Care Awards this spring. She added: “It’s a lovely place to work. It’s like a big extended family.”