Tag: Specialist care


Regard acquires New Partnerships

Posted on January 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Regard acquires New Partnerships

Further expansion has been announced by the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of residential and supported living care for people with learning disabilities and mental health needs, with the acquisition of eight additional services previously run by New Partnerships.

Twelve new services were opened by Regard as part of its organic growth in the year to July 2017, when it also expanded its portfolio with the takeover of Shropshire-based Adelphi Care Services, bringing to 159 the total number of specialist residential and supported living services run by Regard nationwide.

Regard chief executive Sandie Foxall-Smith said the most recent acquisition was of an organisation whose culture and care values closely mirrored Regard’s own and would strengthen the organisation’s presence in Essex with eight extra services – six for supported living.

“Our guiding principle is that everything we do should come together … Read More »


Specialist providers worry as Government fails to act on sleep-in shifts

Posted on December 13th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Specialist providers worry as Government fails to act on sleep-in shifts

Caring Times, December 2017

The Government has again failed to tackle the funding of sleep in care, says the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), responding to the latest development in the long-running wages wrangle over how sleep-in shifts, where carers sleep through the night unless awoken to respond to residents’ care needs, should be paid for.

The national umbrella group, which represents disability charities, says the ‘sleep-in crisis’ remains critical and unresolved despite repeated calls for action from across the social care sector. Following the earlier hiatus in enforcement, VODG raised significant concerns but committed to working with Government to find a solution.

However, while the latest announcement about a new Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS) offers an apparent way forward, there are no assurances on how to fund the devastating retrospective cost.

VODG says that Government’s plans fall well short of what is … Read More »


Adelphi acquired by Regard

Posted on October 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Adelphi acquired by Regard

Adelphi Care Services, which provides services to adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour, has become part of the Regard Group, the UK’s fourth biggest specialist care provider.

Adelphi had previously operated three specialist care homes in Shrewsbury. More than 60 people attended a special event in September, marking the end of an era as Adelphi farewelled its founders, Joe and Annette Kwaterski, who have retired, and for Regard to formally welcome Adelphi into their group.

Guests included service users, family members and staff. Kim Walshaw, area service manager, said Regard had handled the transfer of Adelphi to Regard with care and kindness.

“The values of Regard appear to be the same as Adelphi, in that the needs of the service user are at the centre of everything we do, and we’re committed to delivering high-quality services,” said Ms Walshaw.


Voyage acquires Focused Healthcare

Posted on September 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Voyage acquires Focused Healthcare

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.


Regard goes from strength to strength

Posted on August 1st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Regard goes from strength to strength

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 »


Government acts to reduce impact of new wage rules on sleep-ins

Posted on July 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Government acts to reduce impact of new wage rules on sleep-ins

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 »


Regard group acquires Adelphi

Posted on July 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Regard group acquires Adelphi

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.


Care England questions LD registration criteria

Posted on April 4th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care England questions LD registration criteria

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 England questions LD registration criteria

Posted on February 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care England questions LD registration criteria

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 »


Danshell redevelops Cedar Vale independent hospital

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Danshell redevelops Cedar Vale independent hospital

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 »



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