CARE home bosses staged a surprise barbecue for staff and residents to celebrate a successful inspection.

Valentine House maintained its ‘good’ rating after being visited by the Care Quality Commission back in March.

The home, which is based in Silver End and caters for 46 residents aged 65 and over, was rated good in all areas except for the responsiveness of the service, which inspectors found to be outstanding.

After learning of the successful inspection when the final report was published on May 23, bosses organised a celebratory barbecue to thank everyone at the home for their hard work.

Prosecco was handed out

Manager Lynda Inch said: "I could not be happier, I am so pleased for everyone at Valentine House.

"We spend every day promoting people to live a fulfilling life and I am so proud to read about so many special moments that have been captured within the CQC report.

"Lots of people including residents, relatives, staff and other professionals took the time to speak to the CQC about our service and their feedback was amazing.

"I would like to personally thank everyone for making Valentine House the family that we are."

In their report, inspectors highlighted the care home's "exceptional, individualised care and support" for residents and said relatives of those staying at the home had given "extremely positive feedback" about the service.

There was also high praise for staff who inspectors said were well trained and respectful in their roles.

The management at the home was also singled out for carrying out regular safety checks to ensure nurses, carers and residents were not at risk of injury or illness.

Speaking after the report was published, Valentine House's managing director Tom Lyons said: "This is a fantastic result for Lynda and her team, which truly recognises the hard work, dedication and passion they have to deliver great care every day."

The care home was last inspected in April 2016 where it was rated good in all five key areas, including safety, efficency and management.