CT Interview ­ Elizabeth Wagstaff

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

| Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson speaks with Robinia Care chief executive Elizabeth Wagstaff at the company¹s headquarters in Bath.| Prior to setting up Robinia Care in 1995, Elizabeth Wagstaff had been chief executive of a mental health and learning disabilities unit run by the NHS in Surrey, and had gained significant experience in specialist care provision. Robinia was funded by Royal Development Capital until a management buy-out in 2002, backed by the Bank of Scotland. “At that time, as a newly formed private company, we were intending to invest in the provision of care for elderly people,” Mrs Wagstaff said. “From the start we intended to become a national company but, after acquiring three elderly care homes in the west country, it soon became apparent that we had entered the elderly care market at the wrong time, and in 1997 we made the decision to concentrate on specialist care and now, that¹s all we do.” Two of three elderly care homes were sold, with the remaining one becoming a brain injuries

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