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Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Posted on May 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sanctuary buys three care homes from LNT

Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group has purchased three care homes from LNT Care Developments.

he homes, which will be built in Pensby in Merseyside, Nantwich in Cheshire and Devizes in Wiltshire, are ‘turnkey’ properties, which means Sanctuary will take on ownership and management once they are built and fitted out. Their locations have been carefully selected to dovetail with the group’s existing care homes, which are managed by the group’s subsidiary Sanctuary Care.

Sanctuary Care runs 68 homes around the country,most of which are in the midlands and south, serving thousands of residents. The Pensby home will have 60 bedrooms and is due to open in January 2018, the Nantwich home, also 60 beds, is due to open in April 2018 and offering 66 bedrooms, the home in Devizes is due to open in July 2018.

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Partnership to offer inspections and quality assessment

Posted on May 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Partnership to offer inspections and quality assessment

LaingBuisson and BKR Care Consultancy have joined in partnership to provide CQC-type and Ofsted-type inspections across England, Wales and Scotland.

Inspections will be conducted by a highly experienced, 26-strong inspection team, the members of which have undertaken more than 300 inspections. They include former CQC inspectors, senior managers, former heads of safeguarding, mental health specialists, acute care specialists, former Ofsted inspectors and educational specialists.

LaingBuisson chief executive Henry Elphick said the partnership would work with providers, lenders and advisors providing impartial and robust mock inspections to support service improvement, commercial due diligence and risk management.

“LaingBuisson’s partnership with BKR represents an important development in our consultancy offering,” said Mr Elphick.

“Independent inspections provide our clients with a valuable way of managing risk and ensuring the integrity of their due diligence as advisors and gaining a whole-market perspective on how a facility is doing. BKR’s … Read More »


An upgraded Better Care Fund: game changing or game playing?

Posted on May 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By Guest Blogger BOB FERGUSON

You’ll have heard few cheers for the Better Care Fund (BCF), the bright idea intended to nudge the NHS and local authorities into each other’s arms – mostly, it should be added, for the benefit of the former. Although it may have set hearts aflutter at the time, it hasn’t actually produced a match made in heaven.

The fragile nature of the relationship has never been better illustrated than in one hospital’s attempt to combat delayed discharges. It mounted a predatory raid on capacity normally contracted by the local authority for ongoing care, securing beds for step-down purposes by the simple expedient of overpaying. Its comeuppance for this aggressive procurement came subsequently when residents were stranded by the resultant reduction in council-funded accommodation for long-term usage.

A failure to consider, let alone consult on, expanding capacity sparked a … Read More »





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