Dorset organisation in finals of Health & Care Awards

Countrymen UK and Future Roots have been chosen as a finalist in the Sustainable Health and Care Awards 2018.

The awards highlight the sustainable development work across the NHS, social care and public sector, providing organisations, teams and individuals with the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their projects.

Countrymen UK and Future Roots are finalists in the Care and Clinical Practice category, where they’ve had to demonstrate their knowledge of clinical care models and how they are developed and deployed. The organisation also had to show its understanding of prevention and early intervention as core considerations in the design of any care service.

Being recognised

It’s an accomplishment they are very proud of, especially since they are the only finalist in their award category that isn’t a Clinical Commissioning Group or an NHS programme.

Becky Elford of Countrymen UK said, “Having our work recognised is fantastic. It shows that third sector organisations can make a real impact and contribute to the lives of people in our communities.”

Sharing the model

Countrymen UK is now sharing its model with other care farms throughout the UK by building a network of Social Franchises that can work together to provide specialist ‘green care’ services, support men in their communities, and collaborate on influencing change and development.

Becky said, “Third sector organisations have an important role to play in health and wellbeing initiatives in their communities and our work is showing that commissioners need to look to us when commissioning services.”

Becky added, “We look forward to attending the Awards Ceremony and we’ll keep everyone updated on the results. But even if we’re not outright winners, we’ve achieved a lot and everyone at Countrymen UK and Future Roots feel like winners anyway.”

The awards ceremony will take place on the 21 November 2018 in Birmingham.