Senior staff shuffle at HC-One following takeover by Formation/Safanad
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Following the takeover of major care home operator HC-One by Formation Capital and Safanad last year, the company has reasserted its mission and values in the next phase of ‘Turnaround to Transformation’.
At a challenging time for the sector, when providers are facing funding constraints, regulatory pressures, greater dependency and care needs, difficulty recruiting home managers, a shortage of nurses, HC-One has re-stated its commitment to providing the kindest possible care, and in the best possible working environment for staff. As part of this new phase for the company, HC-One says it has made changes to provide greater management support to homes, whilst also making sure the kindest care is delivered in the most cost effective way, in response to tight local authority budgets.
There will now be eight operational directors, each working with smaller groups of homes, and reporting directly to Liz Whyte and Paula Keys, HC-One’s managing directors. Between them, Paula and Liz have more than 40 years’ operational experience working in homes and in pharmacy. David Spruzen stepped down as chief executive and from the Board of HC-One with effect from the end of November. Over the coming months David will continue to work on special recruitment projects for HC-One until their completion. Mr Spruzen continues as chief executive of Court Cavendish.
Dr Chai Patel, chairman of the organisation, will be acting chief executive of HC-One. “We are hugely excited about the next phase of our journey,” said Dr Patel.
“After the success of the sale, which has brought stability and investment for the future, we wanted to take this opportunity to show that HC-One’s core values remain unchanged.
“Our mission is to operate the kindest homes with the kindest, most professional staff and to make a real difference to the lives of older people in the UK.
“We’re a big company but we want to operate with flexibility and agility, remaining focused on providing the kindest care and being very responsive to the needs of residents and colleagues.
“I also want to take this opportunity to thank David for his important contribution in helping HC-One to this exciting stage in our journey.”