Out of the crucible

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

After ten years of turmoil, Tameside Care Group has established itself as a quality provider of long term care. In a frank interview, managing director Alan Firth told Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson there were many lessons to be learned from the Tameside story. During the 1990s, Tameside Care Group was regularly in the news, and mostly for all the wrong reasons. As one of the first not-for-profit groups to be set up by a local authority, it was plagued from the outset by mismanagement, escalating debt, industrial disputes and political involvement. Today Tameside Care Group has emerged, Phoenix-like, from the crucible of the past decade. It operates 12 homes currently with a total of 535 beds (of which 92% are single), has a healthy operating surplus with no commissioning privileges from the local authority, and has an appetite for growth. Perhaps most surprisingly, the company is about to become employee-owned by means of an Employee Benefit Trust – this is a far cry from 1998 when, to keep the company t

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