LaingBuisson Award Winners 2021

LaingBuisson is proud to announce the 2021 Award winners.

We would like to thank all entrants for their submissions and demonstration of outstanding contribution and company achievements within the sector.

The Awards has been the biggest ever, with finalists carefully chosen from 490 nominations. 

The full list of Award winners are below.

Response to COVID Outstanding Response to COVID in Social Care

Winner: CHD Living

“I'm struck by the longer-term value that this case study brings, not just for the pandemic. It resonates with other intergenerational work that has been done in care-homes with positive outcomes on residents.”

Examples of outstanding leadership or service delivery from organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic within the social care sector.

Age UK Manchester

Barchester Healthcare

Bi-Borough Short Breaks Service - Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Council



Healthcare Management Solutions

Independence Support

Kent County Council

The Randal Charitable Foundation

The Whiteley Homes Trust

Outstanding Response to COVID in Healthcare

Winner: Huma

“This type of remote clinical intervention is the new frontier of healthcare especially as it evolves into preventative screening. COVID has given these innovations the opportunity to show us how effective and critical they are.”

Examples of outstanding leadership or service delivery from organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic within the healthcare sector.


Camden Integrated Adult Services. Central & North West London NHS Foundation Trust

EMS Group Solutions Ltd

HCA Healthcare UK

HCA The Princess Grace Hospital

NHS Professionals

Parkside Suite


Pure Physiotherapy Ltd.

Ramsay Health Care UK

The McIndoe Centre

Social Care Small Residential Care <1000 beds

Winner: The Close Care Home

"Truly different. A huge effort has gone into being not simply a good operator but a pioneering one that wants to spread great practice. The owner clearly makes advancing care a mission and that shines through in every aspect of the home.”

Excellence in residential or nursing care for older people, with a focus on innovation and engagement with service users within a smaller organisation.

Boutique Care Homes

Burlington Care

Hamberley Care Homes

Oakland Care

Peverel Court Care

Royal Star & Garter

Stow Healthcare Group Ltd

Large Residential Care >1000 beds

Winner: Care UK

“Outstanding ratings are very hard to achieve and this demonstrates that their commitment to quality and their ability to deliver what the Regulator is looking for is second to none.”

Excellence in residential or nursing care for older people, with a focus on innovation and engagement with service users within a smaller organisation.

Sponsored by:


Barchester Healthcare

Hallmark Care Homes

Specialist Care

Winner: CareTech

“The commitment to their workforce is terrific and this is something often talked about but for the business to put such a large amount of money behind this demonstrates in a very tangible way the seriousness with which the management team take this.”

Providers of specialist care for adults with physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems in a residential setting.

Sponsored by:

Achieve together

Askham Rehab

Christchurch Group, part of Active Care Group

Exemplar Health Care

Voyage Care


Supported Living

Winner: New Directions FSC

“An exceptional business leveraging technology to assist both staff and service users to achieve better outcomes. To manage with zero agency usage is particularly noteworthy.”

Excellence in looking after adults with physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems in a supported living setting.

Sponsored by:

Accomplish Group

Achieve Together

Active Care Group

CareTech Community Services Ltd

Egalite Care Ltd

Retail Trust


Voyage Care



Winner: Lifted

“Lifted are on a journey, and whilst the tech they have developed is outstanding - so too is the commitment to staff and service users. The combination makes for a powerful and market-changing service.”

Excellence in the provision of personal care or healthcare in a home setting with a focus on innovation and/or higher acuity services.


Bluebird Care

Clece Care Services

Grosvenor Health and Social Care Ltd

Home Instead UK

Right at Home UK

The Good Care Group

Housing with Care

Winner: Audley Group

“Audley have offered a comprehensive shift in services to support their owners - with care and wider staff playing a role in keeping people safe. Strong focus on staff support shines through.”

Excellence in the provision and development of Retirement Villages or Extra Care.


McCarthy Stone

Radis Community Care Audrey Needham House

Children's Services Award

Winner: Outcomes First Group

“The performance of Outcomes First during the lockdown has been impressive.  Its ability to offer online learning reflects the size and scale of its operation ,and the creative and direct way it approaches the challenges it and its children face.”

Excellence in the delivery of children’s services in any setting (fostering, residential, school).

Sponsored by:

Almond Care Children's Services Limited

SilverCloud Health

Young Foundations Limited

Clinical Services Hospital

Winner: Schoen Clinic Newbridge

“An impressive submission demonstrating innovation in its approach to eating disorders.”

Excellence in the provision of acute or mental health services with a focus on innovation and differentiation as a result of an individual hospital initiative or investment.

Sponsored by:

HMT St Hugh's Hospital

Lane Fox Remeo

Schoen Clinic London

The Royal Marsden

Hospital Group

Winner: Circle Health Group

“Really impressive on the innovation front, both in terms of introducing rehab to the UK and the Spanish partnership. UK acute care is well in need of revolutionizing, glad you are on that journey.”

Excellence, as a group, in the provision of acute or mental health services with a focus on innovation and differentiation as a result of a group initiative or investment.

Sponsored by:

Aspen Healthcare

HCA Healthcare UK

Nuffield Health

Ramsay Health Care UK

Primary Care & Diagnostics

Winner: Limbic

“Incredibly impressive innovation which enables faster access to a critical service - very impressive!!”

Excellence in the delivery of healthcare services in the primary care setting including GP practices, diagnostics, integration with acute care (Integrated Care Systems) and disease management.

Sponsored by:

4ways Healthcare

Alliance Medical

Aspen Healthcare

medneo UK

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Prime Health Diagnostics Ltd

Ramsay Health Care UK

Vita Health Group

Healthcare Outcomes

Winner: Ramsay Health Care UK

“Excellent statement - We are not afraid to challenge the status quo to find better ways, and the 'no blink approach'”

Excellence in the delivery of better healthcare outcomes with a focus on ability to demonstrate those outcomes.

Sponsored by:

King Edward VII's Hospital

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Moorfields Private Eye Hospital

The Royal Marsden

Nursing Practice

Winner: King Edward VII's Hospital

“Excellent example of working with the British Society of Gynaecological Endoscopy and the use of a Clinical Nurse Specialist.”

Excellence in the delivery of nursing services with a focus on innovation, patient management and engagement in the acute or mental health hospital setting across both the NHS and Independent Hospital providers.

Sponsored by:

Bromley Healthcare

Schoen Clinic Newbridge

Innovators & Leaders Public Private Partnership

Winner: ECL

“Excellent initiative to tackle a perpetual issue, implemented well during (and driven by) the pandemic.”

Excellence in a strategic partnership between the public and independent sectors with a focus on outcomes, value for money and innovation.


CareTech Community Services Ltd and Kent County Council

Connect Health

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care

Management Excellence

Winner: King Edward VII's Hospital

“Really good to read this submission which really demonstrated management and values and diversification.”

Excellence in the management of a company which has delivered exceptional clinical or patient outcomes, financial results or employee engagement.

Sponsored by:

Abbots Care

Circle Health Group

Home Instead UK

Loveday & Co

National Care Group

Stow Healthcare Group Ltd

The Good Care Group

The Royal Marsden

Vita Health Group

Innovation in Care

Winner: Lifted

“Very well written but you could actually see the people behind it and the difference they had made. The benefit is not only for those with lived experience but also for staff. Well done!”

Awarding innovation in the delivery of care in any setting.



Hallmark Care Homes

Lincolnshire County Council

Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Nourish Care


Spire Manchester Hospital

Innovation in Health Tech

Winner: Check4Cancer

“I really value this nomination as there are so many unnecessary early deaths from cancer which will only rise because of lockdown. Early detection can only saves lives.”

Innovation in health tech in any setting, in the delivery and support of care as a service or clinical procedure.

Alliance Medical


Bupa & Allocate

everyLIFE Technologies Limited


iRhythm Technologies Ltd

Llesiant Delta Wellbeing

Medica Group plc


Vita Health Group

Excellence in Training

Winner: Cromwell Hospital

“Equality and diversity is at the very heart of this submission which is of paramount importance to ensure all needs are met with parity.”

Innovation in the delivery of training to healthcare and /or social care professionals.


Fieldbay (2019) Ltd


LV Care Group

NES Healthcare UK

Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Specialist Care

Ruskin Mill Trust


Young Foundations Limited

Rising Star Award

Winner: Ruth French, Stow Healthcare Group Ltd

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“The pandemic has been a period of real devastation but Ruth has developed a highly successful company programme and ensured that her staff felt safe and supported which was so important for team moral and wellbeing.”

A rising star in the world of healthcare and/or social care.

Sponsored by:

Abdul R Shiil, Sahan Cares CIC

Edward Moore, Anavo Group

Kerrie Jones, Orri

Mark Topps, Essex Care Limited

Richard Stubbs, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network

Sanjay Dhrona, The Close Care Home

Shaleeza Hasham, CHD Living

Sue Saunders, Engage Support

Investors & Finance Investor

Winner: Apposite Capital

“I was impressed by Apoposite's proprietary ESG/impact questionnaire which enables the company to better audit and monitor ESG practices and impact outcomes at portfolio companies.”

Excellence as an investor across either equity or debt, demonstrating a successful investment strategy and high returns.

Sponsored by:

Civitas Investment Management

Downing LLP

Montreux Capital Management (UK)

National Care Group


Winner: Shawbrook Bank

“An experienced leading healthcare team able to make rapid decisions to respond to customer needs alongside strong commitment through various stakeholder support initiatives.”

Excellence in lending to the sector demonstrating good market knowledge, innovation and a distinctive/successful strategy or execution.

Allied Irish Bank (GB)


Fortwell Capital

NatWest Plc

Puma Property Finance

Siemens Financial Services

Financial Advisor

Winner: KPMG LLP

“Providing innovative solutions to clients, strong stakeholder commitment alongside a deep sector expertise makes for a powerful combination.”

Excellence in the provision of corporate finance advice with a focus on successful transactions you have advised on.

Clearwater International


Grant Thornton UK LLP

Lincoln International

Property Property Consultant

Winner: Carterwood

“Carterwood have had a good year, they are powering on with their differentiation piece, which is pretty strong.”

Excellence in advising on valuation, consulting, acquisition, sale and financing of healthcare property assets.

Avison Young

Christie & Co

Cushman & Wakefield

Dental Elite


Knight Frank LLP

MESH Construction Consultancy


Property Investor

Winner: Octopus Real Estate

“Octopus are strong across the board - clearly a good year for them, and the breadth of their engagement is very good.”

Track record of property investment across healthcare.

Barchester Healthcare

Civitas Investment Management

Patron Capital

Triple Point

Property Developer

Winner: Care UK

“Care UK have their work cut out, and are clearly on an ambitious turnaround journey which appears to be going quite well.”

Track record of site development in health or social care.

Boutique Care Homes

Hamberley Development

McCarthy Stone

Advisors Management Consultant

Winner: Candesic

“Candesic's commitment to stakeholders and their wider community over the pandemic and as documented in this submission is truly inspirational.  They should be particularly commended for their support for A level students.”

Excellence in the provision of strategic or commercial advice on a transaction or as a retained advisor with a focus on relevant case studies.

Connell Consulting

Mansfield Advisors

Marwood Group


Winner: Bank Partners

“Bank Partners support for the London vaccination programme is a great example of what collaboration and efficient project management with clear sector knowledge can deliver.”

Excellence in the recruitment of professionals in the healthcare and social care sectors.

Carter Schwartz

Compass Holding Group


Inspired to Care

Menlo Park Recruitment

Legal Advisor - Public

Winner: Mills & Reeve LLP

“The innovation demonstrated in this submission stood out – “what the tech?” sounds like an invaluable resource, and this is backed up by the user statistics provided.”

Excellence in the provision of legal services to the NHS, local authorities, regulators and other public sector organisations with a focus on relevant transactions, clients or matters (such as CMA investigations).

Browne Jacobson LLP

Burges Salmon LLP

Clyde & Co LLP

Hill Dickinson

Weightmans LLP

Legal Advisor - Independent

Winner: Browne Jacobson LLP

“I am blown away by Browne Jacobson's commitment to social mobility, plus the small acts they delivered to ensure the wider community was supported during the pandemic.”

Excellence in the provision of legal services to the independent sector (both for profit and not for profit) with a focus on relevant transactions, clients or matters (such as CMA investigations).

Anthony Collins Solicitors

Bevan Brittan

Clyde & Co LLP


DAC Beachcroft

McDermott Will & Emery

Outstanding Achievement

The Outstanding Achievement Award is chosen by LaingBuisson annually and presented to somebody that has contributed to the sector enormously.

Winner: Jane Ashcroft, Chief Executive, Anchor

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“Jane is the Chief Executive of Anchor, the largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people in England. This award recognises Jane’s achievements, not only in steering Anchor, but also in devoting her time and energy to many of the sector-wide initiatives during a period of unprecedented challenge, along with her roles as Vice Chair of Associated Retirement Community Operators and Vice Chair of the National Housing Federation.”

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Supported Living Awardsponsored by

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Specialist Care Awardsponsored by

Children's Services Awardsponsored by

Primary Care & Diagnostics Awardsponsored by

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