LifeStyle Care 2011 homes transferred to new tenants

Property consultants Knight Frank has announced that 22 former LifeStyle Care 2011 homes have been transferred to new tenants on long-term leases.   Under the deal, asset manager Layland Walker, on behalf of an affiliate of Lone Star Funds, rented ten homes to Maria Mallaband Care Group, nine…...

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CM meets… Jane Townson

The chief executive of Somerset Care talks to Eleanore Robinson about ditching council contracts and setting up joint ventures CM How did you come to work in social care? JT Originally I trained as a biological scientist at the Universities of Oxford, London (Imperial College)…...

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Blockchain; could it transform healthcare records?

Trowers and Hamlins partner Tim Nye looks at the potential application of blockchain in healthcare There has been a lot of hype surrounding blockchain and how it will revolutionise and improve everything from the collection of taxes to the keeping of healthcare records.  However, despite…...

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Does SIZE really matter?

Sarah Whitebloom examines whether there is a link, as suggested in the Care Quality Commission’s State of Care report last month, between large providers and poor quality Britain’s leading care providers should be heading for a golden age. Older people are getting older. Today, there…...

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BMI beset by challenges as it reports £20.6m loss

Netcare chief executive Dr Richard Friedland said today that the group had faced an ‘extraordinarily challenging year’ as BMI Healthcare reported an operating loss of £20.6m for the year ended 30 September 2017. Revenue at the UK private hospital business was down 0.9% to £887.1m…...

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Mediclinic abandons its bid for Spire

Mediclinic has abandoned its takeover bid for Spire Healthcare after a revised offer made last week was rejected by the UK private hospital group. The revised offer consisted of 165 pence per share in cash and 0.271 new Mediclinic shares per Spire share, representing around…...

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A head for business

Huntercombe Group CEO Valerie Michie has steered the company through huge changes since she took over in 2014. As parent company Four Seasons embarks on a major capital restructure, she talks to Tim Barsby, business development director at Carter Schwartz, about harnessing brilliance and staying…...

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Regard acquires New Partnerships

The Regard Group has acquired Essex-based operator New Partnerships for an undisclosed sum. The acquired business comprises eight specialist care services, including six support living offerings. Regard now operates 159 specialist residential and supported living services. In July it acquired 12 services from Adelphi Care…...

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Thousands leave PMI schemes following IPT hike

Steep rises in IPT are forcing thousands of people to abandon private medical insurance, according to a study by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr). The study, commissioned by Bupa ahead of next week’s budget, analysed the insurer’s monthly customer data from 2003…...

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Consultants urged to engage with PHIN on data publication

Consultants working in private practice can now review their entire clinical data on the Private Healthcare Information Network’s (PHIN) secure online portal. This is first time consultants have been able to review data across both their NHS and private practice and it is hoped the…...

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Priory Group expands specialist education offering

The Priory Group has agreed to acquire specialist children’s care and education provider Aspire Scotland for an undisclosed sum. Under the deal, North Ayrshire-based Aspire will become part of Priory’s Education and Children’s Services division, which currently operates 45 day and residential schools and 95…...

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Leading the battle

Chief executive of Tracscare Peter Battle tells Tim Barsby of Carter Schwartz about his leadership style Tim Barsby How would you describe your leadership style? Peter Battle It is giving people responsibility and plenty of autonomy, empowering them, supporting them, but cognisant there is a…...

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Cambian Holdings sells off shares

Cambian Holdings LLC, an affiliate of funds advised by GI Partners UK, has successfully sold more than 8million of ordinary shares in Cambian Group, representing 4.35% of its entire issued share capital at 185p per share, realising total gross proceeds of £14.8m.   As a result, Cambian Holdings will…...

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Soft international demand hits the London Clinic

Reduced embassy business from the Middle East has continued to impact on admissions at The London Clinic. London’s largest standalone hospital reported flat revenue growth of £143.4m for the year ended 31 December 2016 (2015: £141.7m) as total admissions dropped to 22,823 from 23,999 a…...

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HM meets… Fiona Booth

Getting positive messages about independent healthcare into the public arena involves a delicate balance between celebrating the sector’s successes and not appearing to criticise the NHS. But in a year where the headlines have been dominated by Paterson, profits-before-patients and Panorama, AIHO CEO Fiona Booth…...

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Time to move on?

Stakeholders from across the independent sector and the NHS gathered in London last month for LaingBuisson’s Annual Private Acute Healthcare Conference. With discussion ranging from commissioning and diagnostics to PMI and the international private patient market, there was one question that dominated the day –…...

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Busting the myths on revalidation

In a bid to ensure that doctors working across all sectors have an equal experience of appraisal and revalidation, AIHO has adapted the Royal College of GPs ‘Mythbusting’ guide for its members Revalidation is vital to the continued registration of medical professionals currently in practice…....

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HCA central London hospital revenues remain flat

Revenue at HCA’s central London hospital businesses was flat in 2016 as the drop in international patients seeking treatment in the capital continued. The opening of its new three-storey outpatient facility at The Shard in London boosted revenue at HCA International, which also comprises the…...

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Care BnB

Colin Angel of UKHCA examines whether this model could work At the end of October, a pilot project in Southend-on-Sea hit news headlines, having been quickly dubbed ‘CareBnB’ for providing an on-line platform designed to recruit householders willing to provide a spare room to help…...

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