Category: Caring Times


Regard acquires New Partnerships

Posted on January 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Regard acquires New Partnerships

Further expansion has been announced by the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of residential and supported living care for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs, with the acquisition of eight additional services previously run by New Partnerships.

Twelve new services were opened by Regard as part of its organic growth in the year to July 2017, when it also expanded its portfolio with the takeover of Shropshire-based Adelphi Care Services, bringing to 159 the total number of specialist residential and supported living services run by Regard nationwide.

Regard chief executive Sandie Foxall-Smith said the most recent acquisition was of an organisation whose culture and care values closely mirrored Regard’s own and would strengthen the organisation’s presence in Essex with eight extra services – six for supported living.

“Our guiding principle is that everything we do should come together … Read More »


St Nicholas House acquired by RD Capital Partners

Posted on January 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on St Nicholas House acquired by RD Capital Partners

St Nicholas House, one of the biggest care businesses on the Welsh/Shropshire border, has recently been acquired by RD Capital Partners (RDCP Care) in a buyout deal leveraged by specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co.

The sale marks RDCP Care’s second acquisition this year following that of the Kings Bromley Home in Staffordshire, also brokered by Christie & Co.

Previously owned by Roger and Sheila Hill, St Nicholas House sits on the Welsh border in Churchstoke, Powys. The facility was established as a residential care home in 1986 and rebuilt in 2010 to extend its nursing and residential services to accommodate 49 residents.

The home consists of four communal lounges, two of which are dining rooms, as well as a hair salon. RDCP Care will be transferring the care home’s current staff. Managing Partner at RD Capital Partners LLP, Sameer Rizvi said: … Read More »


Provider launches health care practitioner apprenticeship

Posted on January 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Provider launches health care practitioner apprenticeship

Care home and domiciliary care provider, the Healthcare Homes Group, has launched a health care practitioner role which offers staff an accredited apprenticeship programme that results in them transitioning to a skilled post alongside the nursing team.

The initiative creates a development opportunity for staff who wish to expand their knowledge, plus it helps to address the nursing shortfall currently being seen in the industry.

The programme has been developed by the group’s head of learning and development, Fran Brett, in partnership with training provider, ‘Steadfast’. The training programme will be led by Steadfast for those enrolling on the 12-month course.

After six months of classroom training and individual mentoring by the group’s team of nurses, apprentices will begin operating under supervision, and by the time they are fully trained, they will be able to undertake a number of tasks to support nursing … Read More »


Ombudsman highlights the power of complaints to improve social care

Posted on January 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Ombudsman highlights the power of complaints to improve social care

The impact of an individual complaint in improving care services for others has been highlighted in a new report by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

The Ombudsman’s Review of Adult Social Care Complaints shows councils and care providers implemented more than 1,300 recommendations to put things right for people in 2016/17.

As well as putting things right for an individual, the Ombudsman makes recommendations to improve services for others by changing policies and procedures, training staff, or recommending a service be provided.

Within the Ombudsman’s 1,318 recommendations, councils and care providers made nearly 180 procedural changes and committed to train staff on nearly 50 occasions.

In some cases the result of a single investigation leads to the Ombudsman looking at injustices caused to people who haven’t complained. Examples of this over the past year include one person’s complaint about the way a … Read More »


Shuffling to some purpose – or just fancy footwork?

Posted on January 15th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

Spare a thought if you will for the hard pressed people who have to update government information. Well into 2018, for example, the Department of Health website still had a section starting, “From 2016 to 2017 our priorities will be …”. Just keeping abreast of changes to the names of ministries is challenging. DoH, which became DH a few years ago, is now DHSC, the cabinet reshuffle having added social care to its responsibilities.

Actually that’s not quite true since the Department has long had a minister with ‘care’ in their title. There has been an issue over whether the role has Minister of State status, one grade below the Secretary of State who heads the whole show, or is held at the lower tier of Under Secretary. In 2016 it dropped to the junior level and that … Read More »


2nd February deadline to join Care innovation Challenge

Posted on January 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on 2nd February deadline to join Care innovation Challenge

Students have until Friday, February 2nd to apply to enter the Care Innovation Challenge, which takes place at the Oomph! Wellness HQ in Wimbledon on February 17th and 18th where teams from across the country will spend two days of intensive ideas generation, development and prototyping.

Teams must consist of two or three people, made up of students (undergrad, postgrad) or graduates who are one year post-graduation. The competition is open to students from all faculties and disciplines and teams do not need to be focused on technology. The competition is also open to any other individuals (non-students) with an idea for the care sector to apply as a team.

The Care Innovation Challenge has been created in response to the growing challenges and mounting pressure on the care sector, the aim being to work with creative and entrepreneurial individuals and teams to … Read More »


Legal & General acquires Renaissance Villages

Posted on January 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Legal & General acquires Renaissance Villages

Financial services company Legal & General has acquired Renaissance Villages (RV) for a net purchase price of around £51m from Helical Plc.

The business will be integrated into Inspired Villages Group, which Legal & General acquired in August 2017. Legal & General says the acquisition of RV allows it to accelerate its later living plans by several years, both in terms of housing delivery and operational skills.

Arranged over four village schemes, located in Warwickshire, West Sussex, Devon and Hampshire, the RV business comprises around 700 homes, of which over half are already sold and occupied, with the remainder ready for sale or under construction. When combined, this brings Inspired Villages Group’s development portfolio to around 1,000 homes.

Inspired Villages Group will continue to seek to acquire several land sites per year. Legal & General chief executive Nigel Wilson said the acquisition was … Read More »


Hammerson House redevelopment begins

Posted on January 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Hammerson House redevelopment begins

Work has begun on Nightingale Hammerson’s redevelopment of Hammerson House in North London.

The £36m redevelopment project will significantly increase the capacity of the home to 116 residents. Hammerson House sits at the heart of Hampstead Garden Suburb, which provided inspiration for the new design, using the natural woodland setting and the proven therapeutic benefits of natural light, as part of a life-enhancing holistic care programme for the home’s residents.

The new Hammerson House will provide 116 new resident en-suite bedrooms, to meet a range of different care needs, from residential care to advanced dementia and nursing care. Bedrooms are located within six distinct ‘households’ to encourage independence and choice for every resident, and helping them to become fully integrated in Nightingale Hammerson life.


Life support for the NHS

Posted on January 8th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 3 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

To outline a comprehensive remedy for the ongoing and worsening woes of the beleaguered NHS would take a little more space than this blog permits; suffice it to say that the NHS needs to be properly funded, along with a major structural and operational overhaul.

A Royal Commission has been suggested. The problem is that Royal Commissions (or ‘purple papers’ as I like to think of them) need to be carefully managed to come up with the answers that a government wants to hear, and management isn’t one of this government’s strong suits, and I’m not sure that it has any desired answers in mind anyway.

I will say this: given that GP services, along with contracted suppliers, are all private concerns, perhaps we need to contemplate a greater role for the private sector in the delivery of … Read More »


Facebook for care providers

Posted on January 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Facebook for care providers

What is described as the first exclusive and private Facebook community to enable owners, chief executives and senior managers of residential care and nursing homes to share best practice was launched in October.

Sixty members have already joined the Facebook “Care Home Owners And Managers” group which has been set up to enable members to pass on advice and learn from each other.

Topics discussed so far include CQC regulation and recommendations for policy and procedures. Members of the free group include owners of residential and specialist care providers, operation and human resource managers, and registered managers.

“The aim of the group is – pure and simple – to enable owners and senior managers to share best practice,” said the group’s founder, Adam James of Springup PR, a specialist PR agency for care providers.

“Because the Care Home Owners And Managers group is closed … Read More »



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