Filipino is Barchester’s Nurse of the Year

Ridel Francisco proudly holds his trophy and plaque after being recognised as the Nurse of the Year at the 2018 Barchester Care Awards. (Photo courtesy of

06 November 2018 LONDON—A Filipino nurse at Lynde House in Richmond was recently recognized as the Nurse of the Year at the 2018 Barchester Care Awards.

Ridel Francisco landed at the top spot of this prestigious national care accolade from among 1,500 nominations from people across the United Kingdom (UK). After being shortlisted as one of four divisional winners, Ridel was interviewed by a panel of judges for the final round.

“I am very proud and very honoured to be receiving this award,” Ridel said in an interview with the Richmond and Twickenham Times. “We work hard here at our home with a focus on the people we care for, and not for accolades. But it really is very special to be recognised in this way.”

Ridel Francisco is greeted with a full-length banner at Lynde House after winning the top accolade at the 2018 Barchester Care Awards. (Photo courtesy of Ridel Francisco via the Embassy of the Philippines in London)

The awards celebrate staff and volunteers who go the extra mile in caring for residents and patients living in care homes and mental health hospitals.

“His enthusiasm at Lynde House keeps his team on their toes and they’re all the better for it,” said Barchester’s Julia Atherton, Director of Nursing and one of the judges for the Nurse of the Year category. “Always learning and improving, but never short of time for any resident in his care, Ridel’s sensitive yet hands-on approach demonstrates the high standard of care he sets on himself, which is nothing short of exemplary.”

“Filipinos are valued all over the world for our selfless and committed brand of service that we extend to others,” said Ambassador Antonio M. Lagdameo. “Ridel’s recognition proves that indeed, Filipino nurses are among the world’s best.”

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