Tag: Specialist care
Specialist care provider Voyage Care has acquired Focused Healthcare Ltd (FHL), which provides care services to children and young people with complex, acute and chronic illnesses. Based in London, FHL was set up in 2009 by paediatric nurse Nicki Nicholls who will continue to manage day-to-day operations at FHL as managing director.
FHL and Voyage Care provide complementary specialist care and support services, with FHL focusing on providing specialist care to children and Voyage Care predominantly supporting adults.
Having opened 12 new services during the past 12 months, the Regard Group –the UK’s fourth biggest private care-provider in the learning disabilities
and mental health sector – has also acquired nine new services and expects to expand organically as well by opening and filling a further dozen facilities within the next year.
The organisation’s EBITDA have grown 76% since 2014, due to a combination of organic growth, new openings and their merger with ACH.
The 12 established new services all have all filled very quickly, and management attributes this success to their careful monitoring of and targeted response to relevant local authorities’ demands.
Regard currently supports 1066 individuals across the country – a new record for the care-provider – and has introduced 110 new beds in the last two years as a result of new services opening.
Founded in 1994, the organisation employs more … Read More »
The Government has announced that it has temporarily suspended enforcement activity and is waiving historic financial penalties against employers concerning sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector.
Last week specialist care provider organisations said the sector was approaching a crunch over sleep-ins and called on government to clarify its position. Today, the Government has said it will waive historic financial penalties owed by employers who have underpaid their workers for overnight sleep-in shifts before 26 July 2017; and temporarily suspend HMRC enforcement activity concerning payment of sleep-in shifts by social care providers until 2nd October 2017.
Government reaffirmed its expectation that all employers pay their workers according to the law, including for sleep-in shifts, as set out in guidance entitled “Calculating the National Minimum Wage”.
The Government says it will continue to look at the issue alongside industry representatives to see whether … Read More »
Shropshire care group Adelphi Care Services, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour, is to become part of The Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest care provider.
Nine specialist residential and supported living services will become part of Regard, which was formed in 1994, and now has a staff of more than 2,200 operating at 150 sites around the country. The organisation currently supports more than 1,100 people.
Specialist property agents Carterwood were instructed by Adelphi shareholders to seek a suitable buyer for the business and played an integral role in facilitating the acquisition by Regard, which comes at a time when it is already experiencing significant organic growth, having opened 12 new services within the past 12 months, with a further 12 new openings planned by mid-2018.
Caring Times, April 2017
Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has responded to CQC’s latest consultation on its next phase of regulation – Annexe B on LD services – warning that services should be registered on the prospective outcomes that they will achieve for people not simply on their size. Other factors need to be taken into account to assess whether those outcomes will be of the quality necessary to support registration.
Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, says: “Care England supports CQC’s drive to improve the way that care is given post Winterbourne. We are concerned that the real life application of the current guidance that states that CQC will only register units of 6 beds or fewer will not offer genuine choice. The ‘six bed rule’ seems to be the primary, … Read More »
Care providers’ association Care England has responded to CQC’s latest consultation on its next phase of regulation – Annexe B on Learning Disability services – warning that services should be registered on the prospective outcomes that they will achieve for people, not simply on their size.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said his members were concerned by the real life application of the current guidance that states that CQC will only register units of six beds or fewer will not offer genuine choice.
“The ‘six bed rule’ seems to be the primary, and in some cases, the only factor in deciding if registration will be granted,” said Prof. Green.
“This is contrary to the need to look at a range of factors to determine what is suitable for people living in the community and will work counter to the establishment of suitable … Read More »
Caring Times, February 2017
The Danshell Group has made a significant investment in Cedar Vale independent hospital in Nottingham.
The hospital in East Bridgford provides care and treatment for men living with autism, a learning disability and associated challenging behaviours.
Promoting an individual’s independence is very important at Cedar Vale. The aim of the refurbishment and reconfiguration is to further enable the service team to support service users to develop independent living skills by creating three separate care pathways within the hospital.
The hospital has been re-developed into a five bed, six bed and a three bed bespoke service, each aimed at giving individuals an environment that will support them for moving on to more independent living. People will be able to build on their self-care and daily living skills at the new skills kitchens, where they can plan and cook meals for themselves … Read More »
Caring Times, December 2016
Specialist care provider Tracscare has acquired New Bridges, a specialist Acquired Brain Injury provider.
Tracscare chief executive Peter Battle said the acquisition was part of an ongoing programme which had seen Tracscare take on services that shared its culture and commitment to quality.
In 2015 Tracscare acquired Brookdale Care, a specialist residential care provider for individuals with Autism, and as a result became the biggest provider of support for individuals with Autism in the sector.
“We are delighted to acquire an outstanding specialist provider in New Bridges,” said Mr Battle.
“We have a shared commitment to ever improving quality and the fulfilment of the people we support.
“We are looking forward to sharing best practice and continuing our collective focus on flexible, transparent care and market leading outcomes.”
With more than 25 years of experience in providing specialist support and over 80 services … Read More »
Caring Times, December 2016
The Montreux Healthcare Fund owns the 9th biggest care group in the UK following the merger of two of its companies.
The ACH Group, which operated 25 residential services in England, has formally merged with The Regard Partnership which provides learning disability, brain injury, and mental health care.
The Regard Partnership, headed by chief executive Sandie Foxall-Smith, now provides care and support for more than 1,000 people making the company also the estimated 4th biggest UK care group offering specialist learning disability and mental health care.
A Montreux investment vehicle acquired ACH Group in April 2014 for £40.5m, followed six months later by the Montreux Healthcare Fund purchasing The Regard Partnership for £119.5m.
The Isle-of-Man-domiciled Montreux Healthcare Fund is advised by Montreux Capital Management (UK) which oversees more than £200m worth of assets.
Montreux Capital Management’s managing partner Oliver Harris said the … Read More »
Caring Times, December 2016
WCS Care, a not-for-profit company based in Kenilworth, Warwickshire with charity status that provides care and support for older people and people with disabilities, has become the first care home provider in England to have five care homes to be rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.
Newlands, based on Whites Row, provides rehabilitation, respite and long-term residential care for people with physical disabilities or long-term conditions, and received the accolade after an unannounced inspection by the regulator in July. Earlier this year the CQC rated four other WCS Care homes as ‘outstanding’, which means almost half of the charity’s 12 homes have achieved the highest recognition.
Nationally, only around one in 200 care homes receive the ‘outstanding’ status. In December the group added a 13th home to its portfolio. Castle Brook in Kenilworth is a £10.5m purpose-built development … Read More »