Finalists announced for the Nursing Times Awards 2021

The nurses, teams, projects and employers that have made the shortlist for the 2021 Nursing Times Awards have been revealed today. The awards bring together the nursing community to shine a light on the brightest talent in the profession and recognise those of you making nursing innovative, patient-focused and inclusive. Following a tough 18 months during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it has never been more important to recognise the incredible contributions.

We’re delighted that Leeds NICHE have been shortlisted in two categories at the Nursing Times NTAwards. It’s been a delight to work with the team and all the partners The awards will be announced in October, so watch this space.



Our Springfield Story – Article by Ward Hadaway

Springfield Healthcare owns and manages five care homes and employs 1,400 people across Yorkshire and the North East and is poised for further growth after securing investment. This summer will see Springfield open its sixth care home in Harrogate. A seventh will open in Beverley in March 2022 followed by an eighth in 2023.

The first Springfield care home was opened in 1967 by Albert and Andrea Lee, the parents of Graeme Lee, who is the group CEO of Springfield Healthcare Group. They had wanted to care for elderly people in the best way possible.

Graeme Lee, Group CEO, said “I grew up in our very first care home in Leeds, living there from two years old until I was 17. I learnt a lot about elderly people, especially around the challenges in delivering high-quality care, tailored to each resident. My mum always told me to be kind to people and it’s that ethos that has shaped my life and the growth of Springfield.”

When Mr Lee’s mother died in 1994, his father, who looked after Springfield’s accounts and operations retired and Graeme took the reins. He was determined to demonstrate that elderly care, whether in private homes or a care home, does not have to be seen as the last resort.

He developed what he calls a ‘holistic care pathway’. This starts with Springfield’s homecare provision, which helps people stay in their own home for as long as possible. Then, when the time is right, they move into a care home or one of Springfield’s larger care facilities, a care village.

“I set about changing the perception of how people see elderly care,” said Mr Lee. “I wanted to show how care homes in particular can be amazing, innovative environments that provide the very best of care.

“At Springfield, it’s all about going above and beyond, just as I witnessed my parents doing when growing up. We’re one big family at Springfield where caring for each other – whether you’re an employee, a resident or a resident’s family member – comes first.”

Springfield Healthcare Group CEO Graeme Lee (left) with James Nightingale, a Partner at Ward Hadaway, outside Mayfield View care home in Ilkley

James Nightingale, a corporate partner at Ward Hadaway and the lead partner for its Care Homes team, said: “We’ve worked closely with Springfield Healthcare for many years, supporting Graeme and the team through several acquisitions and BGF investments, as well as advising across various operational matters.

“Graeme’s story demonstrates the importance of empathy and compassion in growth and success. Everything he does is centred around the residents and employees of Springfield.”

“He ensures his entire workforce and residents are given the highest quality of care. He’s a leader with a strong purpose and with this purpose comes resilience, innovation and kindness – all qualities that make Springfield the thriving, prospering business it is today.”

Mr Lee added: “ My people, my residents, they’re part of my family and the most valuable facet of the business. With Springfield, my purpose is to do my best and go the extra mile. I’m inspired to make a difference to the lives of elderly people. Their needs, as well as those of my employees, come first – just as I promised my mum they would.””


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Harrogate’s newest, luxury care home welcomes its ‘outstanding’ manager

Springfield Healthcare’s management team have announced the appointment of Nigel Allen for our newest care home, Harcourt Gardens in Harrogate. Nigel comes with a wealth of experience, having achieved CQC outstanding in a previous care home manager position and joins the team ready for the August opening.

Harcourt Gardens is the latest addition to our portfolio, which currently includes 5 care homes across Leeds, Ilkley and York. Harcourt Gardens promises to be the jewel in the crown for the luxury care home provider. Offering exceptional quality care, coupled with beautiful interiors, a private chef, gin bar, private dining room, cinema and landscaped gardens, beds are already selling off plan.

Nigel Allen joins Springfield with considerable knowledge of Person Centred Software, which will be introduced at Harcourt Gardens, offering the latest technology to care homes which will allow management, staff and families to see live updates on residents’ care and wellbeing.

Graeme Lee, CEO of Springfield Healthcare said ‘I am delighted to welcome Nigel to the award winning team at Springfield. I am confident that he is going to be a real asset, establishing Harcourt Gardens as the very best care home in the heart of the Harrogate community.’

Nigel said ‘It’s a privilege to be joining Harcourt Gardens at the very start. Together with my HR Manager, Alice Grant, we are recruiting an exceptional team. I am really looking forward to getting to know my team and welcoming our residents to their beautiful new home.’

Home Manager, Nigel Allen

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Springfield Healthcare has secured a £7.5m loan for the development of a new luxury care home

Springfield Healthcare has secured a £7.5m loan for the development of a new luxury care home in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

The capital from OakNorth Bank will be used to develop a luxury care home with 79 en-suite care rooms, six care home apartments, and seven retirement flats for sale. We will deliver residential and nursing care as well as dementia and working-age adult services in the heart of the Beverley community just a short distance from Beverley Minster.

Graeme Lee, founder and group chief executive of Springfield Healthcare, said: “Over the past 50 years, Springfield Healthcare has grown substantially but our core values have remained constant – to ensure the wellbeing of our clients, whether that’s at one of our homes or their own. Given the projections for people living with dementia over the next two decades, providing excellent care facilities is only going to become more vital.”

James Espley, director of property finance at OakNorth Bank, said: “Graeme has almost three decades of experience in the care sector, having built a successful portfolio of five care homes with strong operational performance. Despite the obvious challenges presented by Covid-19, the business has continued to perform well with performance in excess of its revised budget.

“The fact that it’s managed to secure equity backing from the Business Growth Fund, is a testament to the exceptional work of Graeme and his team, and we look forward to building on the relationship in the future.”

Mr Lee added: “James and the team at OakNorth Bank had a clear understanding of the sector, as well as the Yorkshire region, and were transparent and collaborative throughout the process. We’re proud to be backed by a bank that has supported some of the strongest operators in the sector.”

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York Care Home Swaps the Chocolate For Donuts To Celebrate International Nurses Day

Springfield Healthcare’s York based care home, The Chocolate Works Care Village, is celebrating International Nurses Day this year by treating their nursing team to Donuts from local, York independent Doe Bakehouse. Every nurse will also receive a personal card thanking them for the hard work they have put in over the last 12 months, arguably the hardest of their career.

International Nurses Day is a celebration of the work of nurses, organised by the International Council of Nurses. It ensures that the outstanding efforts of nurses are acknowledged globally. It is marked on the 12th of May, the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale.

Springfield Healthcare currently employs 44 nurses across its five Yorkshire homes and Head of Kindness, Care and Quality Angela Randle, herself a nurse, said “The work our nurses do across our homes is so important, especially to the residents that they care for. It matters that we take time to pause and thank them and their colleagues across the world for their contribution to the wellbeing of all of us.”

Chocolate Works Care Village win prestigious award

Pictured: Julian Evans, Director, Knight Frank and the Chocolate Works Care Village team

Knight Frank recently launched the fifth edition of the prestigious UK Luxury Care Home Guide which saw a record number of entries and recognised three winners in the sector.  “This year, owing to COVID-19, the Knight Frank 2021 Luxury Care Home Guide award winners were selected via virtual inspections of each of the finalist’s facilities by the judging panel. Despite the pandemic, Knight Frank received the highest ever level of submissions for the guide since its launch in 2016.”

Springfield Healthcare’s Chocolate Works Care Village are delighted to have won the 2021 ‘Refurbishment & Renovation’ award which recognises heritage, redesign and repositioning in care home settings. On Friday 30th April 2021, Julian Evans, Director at Knight Frank visited Chocolate Work Care Village to present this award to our wonderful team – thank you!

Of course, the built environment is only one aspect of what is on offer at Springfield Healthcare’s flagship home in York. Manager Sarah Paskett, RGN, said “It’s wonderful to receive an award as prestigious as this recognising the thought and work that went into creating our beautiful home. We are so very proud of it together with the kindness and compassion of all of my wonderful colleagues who never hesitate to go the extra mile for our residents.”

New luxury care home by Springfield Healthcare officially topped out

Harcourt Gardens Care Home featured online by Carehome Professional this week as our new luxury Care Home was officially topped out.

“A new multi-million pound, state-of-the-art care home, being built by Springfield Healthcare Group, marked an important milestone when it was officially topped out by Springfield Group CEO, Graeme Lee. The Harrogate entrepreneur was joined by members of Springfield Healthcare’s award-winning team, Joanna Hawkins-Spencer of project managers, Projex Building Solutions and Neil Silcock of York contractor, Simpson, who gathered to celebrate the landmark event.

Due to open summer 2021, Harcourt Gardens will offer outstanding nurse-led care residential, nursing and dementia care with a personalised touch. In a convenient setting close to The Stray and adjacent to Mowbray Square Medical Centre, it will be the closest purpose-built care home to Harrogate town centre, with its own garden and stunning views. An innovative setting, with all the latest amenities, larger-than-average day spaces relaxing and beautifully-appointed care rooms, residents will also have access to a gym, spa, cinema and café. Bespoke indoor and outdoor areas will offer peace of mind that visiting will be safe and enjoyable, too.

Graeme commented, “I’m very proud and excited to be adding Harcourt Gardens, Harrogate – our sixth care home ­­– to the Springfield care home portfolio this summer. With a proven track record of offering kind and compassionate, high-quality care in beautiful settings, I know that this home will offer its residents everything that they could need or wish for.”

He continued, “We will also be creating over 100 jobs at a time when many businesses in the area may be in the unenviable position of making redundancies – providing an excellent opportunity for people to consider an alternative career.”

With over 50 years of experience delivering high-quality care services to the people of Yorkshire, Springfield Healthcare Group pride themselves on their professional clinical team, regional support and standards of care and infection control that are second to none.

To make an enquiry about living or working at Harcourt Gardens, email

Springfield Healthcare’s Visiting Pledge

This pledge recognises the essential role played by visitors and essential caregivers in a person’s wellbeing and the importance of the partnership between relatives, friends and Springfield Healthcare.

Care homes, relatives and friends have an equal responsibility to do their part towards ensuring a safe visit for everyone and to maintain a safe environment for all.

We, Springfield Healthcare, pledge to do our part to keep visitors, relatives, friends and essential caregivers, residents and colleagues safe by:

I, the visitor, pledge to do my part to keep the person I support, the other residents and colleagues at Springfield Healthcare safe by:

Knight Frank Refurbishment & Renovation Award Winner

Knight Franks Luxury Care Home Guide 2021 highlights the UK’s Top 100 Luxury Care Homes. This year, Knight Frank saw a record number of entries for the guide, which features Springfield Healthcares Mayfield View and Chocolate Works, with three additional awards for ‘Luxury Care Home,’ ‘Care Home Design’ and ‘Refurbishment & Renovation’.

Julian Evans, Head of Healthcare at Knight Frank, commented: “This year’s Top 100 Luxury Care Homes showcases the top-of-the-range facilities, the vast majority of which are able to efficiently manage COVID-19 due to their future proof design, throughout the UK with the three award winners embodying the very best of the sector.”

Springfield Healthcare are proud to share that Chocolate Works Care Village won the Refurbishment & Renovation Award as a result of the 2017 renovation project initiated by Graeme Lee, Group CEO, together with an award-winning team of restoration specialists.

Of course the built environment is only one aspect of what is on offer at Springfield Healthcare’s flagship home in York. Manager Sarah Paskett, RGN, said “It’s wonderful to receive an award as prestigious as this recognising the thought and work that went into creating our beautiful home. We are so very proud of it together with the kindness and compassion of all of my wonderful colleagues who never hesitate to go the extra mile for our residents.”

Covid-19 Vaccine Day at The Chocolate Works Care Village

December 31st 2020 was a monumental day at The Chocolate Works Care Village. We welcomed GPs/ Nurses and healthcare assistants from Jorvik Gillygate practice who worked with us to vaccinate 77 residents and 14 members of staff. We want to send a warm thank-you to the staff at Jorvik Gillygate practice for the safe delivery of the Pfizer vaccine to our residents.

The Pfizer vaccine was rolled out for care homes mid-December and we were delighted to be given the opportunity to receive the vaccine on New Year’s Eve. Sarah Paskett, Home Manager at The Chocolate Works Care Village, said: “it was a very uplifting day for all of us as we felt we were finally doing something positive to move forward in an otherwise long haul of a year.”