Social care operator CareTech Holdings has agreed to buy children’s services provider Cambian Group in a share transfer deal said to be worth up to £372m.
CareTech executive chairman Farouq Sheikh said CareTech and Cambian were highly complementary businesses and the deal would create the opportunity to improve outcomes for existing and future service users, to better serve care commissioners, to enhance opportunities for staff and to drive the focus on quality.
The executive directors of CareTech will remain in post of the enlarged group. Cambian chairman Christopher Kemball said that, while the Cambian board felt that the business already had a promising future as the largest independent provider of childcare, the deal with CareTech represented an attractive proposition for Cambian shareholders and broader stakeholders.
“Like Cambian, CareTech has an excellent reputation for the quality of its specialist education and behavioural health services … Read More »
Retirement Villages Group (RVG) has completed the £4.5m regeneration of the Elmbridge Village site in Cranleigh, Surrey.
The recently opened apartments at Arun House comprise six one and fourteen two bedroom, high-spec apartments, including two penthouses. This, along with the completion of communal facilities, marks the completion of the Elmbridge Village redevelopment.
After taking just 15 months, the project was completed in July, in conjunction with Castleoak, specialist development and construction partners to the retirement living and care sector.
“This follows our recent work at both Elmbridge Manor and Charters Village,” said Castleoak managing director Doug Jones.
“Our specialist team understands the customer’s exacting requirements, and work collaboratively to deliver. Our purpose as a business is to create quality living space, and I believe we’ve achieved this again at Arun House.”
The initial phase of the build saw a new central clubhouse, Elmbridge Manor, constructed, … Read More »
Cheyne Capital has provided £51m in a refinancing package for Country Court Care, with Cheyne now the provider’s senior lender, replacing Barclays, Santander and AIB.
The funding will help Country Court Care grow its portfolio of 30 homes, which currently stretches from Brighton to York and includes seven new builds acquired in the past 24 months.
Blackheath-based Age Exchange, a national centre for reminiscence arts, has merged with one of the UK’s largest health and social
care charities, Community Integrated Care.
The partnership enables Age Exchange to benefit from Community Integrated Care’s infrastructure to grow its organisation and increase its reach. It will also enable Community Integrated Care to elevate its existing dementia services and expand its offer to include Age Exchange’s reminiscence and dementia services to the people they support.
The merger arose following an internal review of Age Exchange’s sustainability in 2016/17, which revealed an opportunity to extend the reach and impact of its services by partnering with a national social care charity. Community Integrated Care was selected for its national infrastructure and commitment to delivering exceptional specialist dementia services.
Community Integrated Care chief executive Mark Adams described Age Exchange as a “beacon of best practice in reminiscence … Read More »
Caring Times, July/August 2018
Creator and supplier of meals for the health and social care sector, apetito, has been appointed as the catering partner for Borough Care.
Based in Stockport, Borough Care operates 11 care homes across the north of England. As well as residential care and support across its facilities, the provider also offers active recovery, short stay and day care.
“Bringing apetito on board was an easy decision,” said Borough Care chief executive Dr Mark Ward. “We place service at the heart of our business, an ethos which is carried on at apetito.
“This allows for apetito to simply become an extension of our business, allowing us to work side by side to provide the very best service to our residents. We are delighted to be working with apetito, and look forward to growing the partnership for many years to come.”
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Caring Times, June 2018
The University of Wolverhampton is working with specialist mental health care services provider Cygnet Health Care to create a new generation of nurses.
Cygnet is one of the first providers to introduce Nursing Associate Foundation Apprenticeships into the independent sector as a way of addressing the national shortage of registered nurses.
Twenty one Cygnet employees (pictured below) who work for the organisation as support workers are studying to become nursing associates through the new Nursing Associate Foundation Degree Apprenticeship, which was launched by the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the University’s Walsall Campus in March.
The role of a nursing associate aims to bridge the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses, enabling nurses to spend more time on clinical duties and take more of a lead in decisions about patient care.
Nursing associates are an important part … Read More »
CaringTimes, June 2018
Bury-based healthcare provider National Care Group Ltd (NCG) has completed the acquisition of two care providers; Norfolk based Westward Healthcare Ltd and Gloucester based Access Care Ltd (operating as Merry Den Care and Chosen Care).
Funding to support the acquisitions has been provided by Allied Irish Bank (GB) with loan facilities that have been structured as part of the bank’s Funding Scheme which was launched in January to support growth activity for medium and large sized businesses. NCG is an established provider of care and support services to vulnerable adults throughout the UK who may experience learning disabilities, mental health needs, challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum conditions, neuro-disabilities, acquired brain injuries, physical disabilities and other associated complex health needs.
Established in March 2016, NCG work closely with clients, family members, local authorities and healthcare providers to provide high quality, person centred … Read More »
Councils and care providers are being encouraged to adopt a new statement which sets out best practice in receiving and dealing with comments, complaints and feedback about their services.]
Launched this week by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman and Healthwatch England, the ‘single complaints statement’ has been drafted to help adult social care providers set out what service users, their families and representatives can expect when making a complaint.
Alongside the complaints statement, a second document has been launched, aimed at service users to help them better understand the complaints process. An accessible ‘EasyRead’ version is also available.
Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman Michael King said he wanted to encourage all service providers – whether independent or council run – to adopt the single complaints statements into their own complaints policies, and highlight them in any information they give to … Read More »
A family business which owns and operates five care homes across the East Midlands has released figures
supporting a recent report commissioned by Skills for Care and Development about care homes’ contribution to local economies.
The report showed that adult social care employers contribute £46.2bn to the UK economy. For the 2017/18 financial year, Milford Care contributed just over £5m in total gross payroll costs for all their homes.
Milford Care has five care homes across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with a sixth set to open later this year, further highlighting the success of the sector and providing even more job opportunities in the area.
“The care sector does a lot for our economy and it is positive news that this is being recognised.” said Milford Care director Pierre Falleth.
“These positive stories are important as there are too many negative stories out there. As a … Read More »
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 »