Tag: Specialist care


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 »


Tracscare grows through New Bridges acquisition

Posted on December 8th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Tracscare grows through New Bridges acquisition

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 »


Regard grows with merger

Posted on December 8th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Regard grows with merger

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 »


Five outstanding ratings for WCS

Posted on November 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Five outstanding ratings for WCS

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 »


New resource supports people with learning disabilities

Posted on October 26th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on New resource supports people with learning disabilities

Caring Times, November 2016

VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) and NDTI (National Development Team for Inclusion) have published the second edition of a guide which explains how the health charter can be used by social care providers. This practical new resource supports the wellbeing of people with learning disabilities and aims to reduce inequalities in healthcare which were highlighted in a recent report.

Whilst organisations sign up to the charter to outline what they will do to boost people’s health, this accompanying self-assessment tool helps organisations measure progress and develop action plans for improvements.

More than 100 adult social care employers are already signed up to the guidance, which covers issues such as how to ensure all staff understand and apply the principles of mental capacity laws and how to listen to, respect and involve family carers. The resource includes practical steps on providing staff training on … Read More »


Sense launches new housing services strategy

Posted on October 26th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Sense launches new housing services strategy

Caring Times, November 2016

The national disability charity, Sense, has launched its new strategy for delivering housing services, designed to enable more people with complex needs to live independently. It happened on the same day the charity unveils a “refreshed” brand identity, including a new logo and strapline, to reflect the breadth of the people it now supports. The charity hopes the changes will help it to achieve the ambitious goals set out in its three-year strategy launched earlier in the year.

 Sense has announced that it’s adopting a new approach to delivering accommodation services. Cost-effective supported living schemes, designed in conjunction with commissioners, families and service users, will be developed in key-priority areas across the country over the next few years. Sense’s expertise in communication will remain at the heart of its service delivery, with staff trained to know the right methods to … Read More »



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