National social care organisation, The Outstanding Society, has reappointed one of its founding members to the board of directors.
James Rycroft, managing director at specialist dementia care provider Vida Healthcare, has been reappointed as a board member following his departure in 2020 to concentrate on the construction of Vida Healthcare’s newest care home, Vida Court.
As a board member of The Outstanding Society, James has input into the overall strategy of the organisation, alongside leading on arranging conferences, speakers, and writing articles to raise awareness of what The Society offers.
Commenting on his reappointment to the board, James said: “Zoe, Russell, Alan and the team have done a fantastic job at evolving The Outstanding Society over the past 18 months.
“With Vida Court now complete, I felt that I had enough time to come back on board and dedicate time to working with the members and board of The Outstanding Society to ensure we have a strong, positive voice and can drive sector standards forward.
“Social care is an amazing sector offering fantastic career opportunities. We must always strive for outstanding care and our voice must be heard in the media, in government and by the public. My role as a board member of The Outstanding Society, and as the managing director of the UK’s leading provider of specialist dementia care, is to ensure this is possible.”
The organisation was originally founded in 2015 by James alongside Camilla Trimble, Zoe Fry and Russell Leese who had all recently achieved ‘Outstanding’ ratings following the introduction of the CQC inspection standard ratings in 2014.
The organisation was established as a positive move to create a collaborative society that shares best practices and debates emerging policies and procedures and how service providers can best adapt in order to deliver outstanding care.
Russell Leese, co-founder and director of The Outstanding Society and director at Horizon Healthcare Homes Ltd, said: “We are proud and honoured to be in a position to share good and outstanding practice with colleagues in the sector.
“Our organisation aims to make it as easy as possible for care providers at every level to achieve outstanding quality care and provide support to professionals across the UK.”
The Outstanding Society currently has over 1,000 members who are dedicated to delivering Outstanding care to ensure that vulnerable service users and care home residents across the country receive the best possible care.
The Outstanding Society works in partnership with other organisations and individuals to drive awareness of poor quality care, understanding and evolving regulations, and recruitment and the retention of talent.