An Oxfordshire care home has been given the highest grading by England’s health and social care watchdog following a recent inspection.

Watlington and District Nursing Home has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) following an unannounced visit.

The home, which provides care for up to 60 residents, was commended by inspectors for its exceptional levels of leadership and responsiveness as well as for its care, safety and effectiveness.

Home manager Julie Cooper was praised by staff for leading “by example” and being the “driving force to all staff which demonstrates how they are happy to go beyond the call of duty.”

Watlington’s provision for dementia care was also acclaimed in the report.

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The report also highlighted satisfaction of relatives with the level of care their loved ones received, with one saying: “We have a sense of relief knowing they are safe and well cared for”.

Another added: “I am in awe of the kindness and friendliness of the staff. Nothing is too much trouble.”

Sarah Clarke-Kuehn, Group Director at Sanctuary Care which runs the home, said: “This is fantastic news and we are delighted that yet another of our care homes has been recognised for the outstanding person-centred care provided which enriches the lives of residents."

Home manager Julie Cooper added: “I am thrilled our home has been recognised with the highest rating possible from the CQC.

“We take pride in working tirelessly to ensure our residents are cared for with the utmost levels of kindness, integrity and professionalism.”