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Fairhome to invest an initial £25m in public provision in Northern Ireland

Posted on July 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Fairhome to invest an initial £25m in public provision in Northern Ireland

Specialist social care developer Fairhome Group have announced a £25m investment in the Northern Ireland care sector as part of its plans to bring a new funding model to the province.

The group has been working with major stakeholders for the last nine months to create an investment package for the development and provision of care facilities and services.

Fairhome Group has worked with representatives from the province’s five health trusts and various leading health care experts to replicate the group’s privately funded model in Northern Ireland.

The group is now working with funders to provide investment for new care facilities. It will then develop the properties, via new build or redevelopment of existing buildings, and then work with housing and care providers to manage the assets for the long term.

The initial £25m will be invested in a number of schemes across Northern … Read More »


Care manager is appointed ‘employee director’ at Mears Group

Posted on July 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care manager is appointed ‘employee director’ at Mears Group

A care quality manager who started her career with Mears on their graduate management programme has been

appointed to the board of directors.

In June, Amanda Hillerby was confirmed as the company’s first employee director: a post which aims to ensure that the interests of the staff who make up the business’ 12000-strong workforce are represented at the very highest level.

Mears, a major provider of care and housing services, is one of only a handful of UK companies to create a position for an employee on its board and the first listed company in the care sector to do so.

Director Alan Long said that, in the 30 years Mears has been in business, the best ideas had always come from the workforce: those on the frontline who work with customers and service users every day and have the insight into what works … Read More »


National Audit Office reports on the health and social care interface

Posted on July 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on National Audit Office reports on the health and social care interface

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report assessing the challenges preventing health and social care from working together effectively.

In a move to encourage the Government to create a long-term plan for a sustainable, joined-up care sector, the head of the NAO, Amyas Morse, has urged further and faster progress towards a service that centres on the needs of individuals, meets growing demands for care and delivers value to the taxpayer.

“No one across government or the civil service would disagree that health and social care have to be in balance to give people quality of life, and to use the available national and local resources as efficiently as possible,” said Mr Morse.

“The hard part is agreeing how that balance is to be achieved and maintained, and who is willing to sacrifice what to bring it about.

“The NHS did not … Read More »





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