Tag: Corporate


Greensleeves Care acquires Glebelands care home in Wokingham

Posted on June 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Greensleeves Care acquires Glebelands care home in Wokingham

Glebelands, a 42-bed care home with nursing in Wokingham, Berkshire, has been acquired by not-for-profit provider Greensleeves Care, becoming the 21st member of the Greensleeves portfolio.

The sale of the home by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF) is a key part of The CTBF’s change to its long-term strategy which involves a refocusing of its efforts to better support its members to meet their changing needs and lifestyles.


Sanctuary buys 35 care homes from Embrace

Posted on June 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sanctuary buys 35 care homes from Embrace

Housing and care provider Sanctuary Group has purchased 35 residential care homes and a supported living scheme from Embrace Group.

The homes are largely in Scotland and the North East, broadening Sanctuary’s geographical spread as the group’s 68 existing care homes are mostly in the Midlands and South. The purchase will bring the total number of bed spaces provided by Sanctuary Group to more than 5,300.

The 1,800 staff members in these homes will become part of Sanctuary Group which employs around 11,000 people at present.

Sanctuary’s Group chief executive David Bennett said the group’s existing portfolio had been assembled through a mixture of acquisition, development and self-build.

“As such, we have extensive experience of integrations of this nature,” said Mr Bennett.

“We believe that experience combined with a complete dedication to caring for older residents will ensure that these homes are seamlessly brought into … Read More »


OSJCT celebrates silver anniversary

Posted on June 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on OSJCT celebrates silver anniversary

One of the UK’s biggest not-for-profit care providers has celebrated its Silver Jubilee.

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) first started providing nursing and residential care when it took over responsibility for 16 homes from Lincolnshire County Council in May 1992. Today, the Trust operates 70 care homes and 14 extracare housing schemes across Lincolnshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire.

To mark the anniversary, all of the Trust’s homes held Silver Jubilee Tea Parties for residents, relatives, employees and guests during May. Two care homes in each region also planted a silver birch tree for the jubilee.

“The Trust has grown significantly since 1992 and we have developed many new ways of providing care and support for residents, especially for those with dementia,” said OSJCT chief executive Dan Hayes.

“I am sure the next quarter of a century will see us continue to … Read More »


Greensleeves Care supports the Care Workers Charity

Posted on June 8th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Greensleeves Care supports the Care Workers Charity

Not-for-profit provider Greensleeves Care is the latest organisation to join the Care Workers Charity Supporter’s Club, which provides vital support to care workers who experience hardship.

The Care Workers Charity supports the welfare needs of current, former and retired care sector workers. Paul Newman, chief executive of Greensleeves Care, said the company was delighted to support such an important cause.

“Our colleagues are the frontline and at the heart of Greensleeves Care,” said Mr Newman. “It is vital for us to ensure that they have somewhere to turn when they experience financial difficulty beyond their control.”

Alex Ramamurthy, chief executive of the Care Workers Charity said that, while care workers spend their careers looking after others, but when circumstances change, sometimes it’s the carers who need the help.

“That’s where the CWC steps in,” said Mr Ramamurthy. “We deliver hardship grants to care workers … Read More »


Balhousie’s Terry Banks retires

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Balhousie’s Terry Banks retires

Caring Times, June 2017

Terry Banks, older sister of Balhousie Care Group founder Tony Banks, retired in April after 25 years working for the care home provider.

Terry has been part of Balhousie since its beginnings 25 years ago, helping her parents and brother Tony to fix up the company’s first care home, Balhousie Lisden in Kirriemuir. For Terry, working with her little brother has been a joy. “I’ve always looked after him as we are so close in age” says Terry.

“I’m really proud of him and what he’s achieved and it’s been wonderful to have played a part in that too.”

Terry went from welcoming babies into the world in her midwifery post with NHS Tayside, which she left almost 18 years ago to go full time at Balhousie, to caring for those in the last moments of their life. Terry has … Read More »


Hill Care acquires six care homes from Four Seasons

Posted on June 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Hill Care acquires six care homes from Four Seasons

Derbyshire-based provider Hill Care has acquired six care homes from Four Seasons Healthcare.

The acquisition takes Hill Care from 19 to 25 homes, with more than 1,200 registered beds. The new homes are:

• Bannatyne Lodge, Peterlee

• Broadacres, Rotherham

• Pelton Grange, Chester-le-Street

• The Oaks, Northumberland

• Waverly Lodge, Newcastle Upon Tyne

• Bewick, Newcastle Upon Tyne


Clydesdale Bank backs Surrey provider to expand Woking care home

Posted on June 1st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Clydesdale Bank backs Surrey provider to expand Woking care home

Guildford based Geoghegan Group has secured a £13m funding package from Clydesdale Bank to support the development of a new residential care

home, to be built on the site of an existing Geoghegan property in Woking, expanding provision from 39 beds to 57.

The family owned group specialises in residential and nursing care for elderly people and also offers a short-term, private post-operative care facility, with patients receiving physiotherapy and hydrotherapy to assist with recovery.

The Woking project will involve careful phasing of building work over the course of two years to ensure minimal disruption to current residents. Employee numbers are set to increase, with the development creating 20 new jobs, taking the total number of staff to 80.

The broker for the deal was Chris Babington from Hervines Capital.


CBRE advises Gold Care Homes on sale and leaseback

Posted on May 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CBRE advises Gold Care Homes on sale and leaseback

Global real estate advisor CBRE has advised Gold Care Homes on the sale and leaseback of 18 care homes for about £90m to an overseas real estate investor.

Established in 1999, Gold Care Homes has since grown to operate 21 care homes through development, mergers and acquisitions. The homes are located throughout southern and central England, and focus on the private and public pay markets. The transaction involves 18 of the homes, located mainly in Southern England and Birmingham. The remaining homes will be operated outside the sale and leaseback agreement.

CBRE’s Peter Farnes said the this latest transaction showed the continued appetite from international investors for UK healthcare assets and the elderly care market.

“This underscores the growing investor demand to grow and develop regional care businesses and benefit from index linked returns,” said Mr Farnes.

“The transaction provides Gold Care Homes with … Read More »


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.

The three new homes will be … Read More »


HC-One care home celebrates role in government-backed training pilot

Posted on May 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on HC-One care home celebrates role in government-backed training pilot

HC-One’s Rose Court care home in Radcliffe, Manchester, has received high praise for its role as part of a government-backed pilot scheme in the recently published Teaching Care Home Impact Report.

Rose Court was one of a group of services chosen to take part in the scheme, led by Care England and funded by the Department for Health. The pilot scheme aimed to improve the learning environment for care home staff, develop new undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and encourage nurses to join learning placements in care homes.

The impact report, launched at a Parliamentary reception in the House of Lords, highlighted how the pilot had helped staff at Rose Court to increase knowledge, skills and confidence in using reflective practice to improve their work, as well as increased confidence in their ability to carry out their work. The pilot built upon HC-One’s existing … Read More »



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