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L&G partners university to launch care research centre

Legal & General is partnering with the University of Edinburgh to set up an Advanced Care Research Centre (ACRC), which is designed to improve understanding of care in later life and revolutionise how it is delivered.  The centre, which will offer a seven-year multi-disciplinary programme, will bring an academic and...

VIDEO: The Care Home Show

This week’s episode covers senior living and is hosted by Francis LeGasse Jr and Katherine Wells. LeGasse Jr runs a care home business called Assured...

CQC wrong not to publish 2015 Whorlton Hall report, says review

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was wrong not to publish the 2015 inspection report of Whorlton Hall, four years before a BBC Panorama investigation,...

Berkley Care Group set for company expansion with new CEO

Care home provider Berkley Care Group (BCG) is gearing up for an £80m expansion with the appointment of a new chief executive officer to...

Concern grows as number of CQC reports with duplicated material rises

Care England has expressed concern over the regulator duplicating material used in inspection reports, arguing operators expect accuracy considering the amounts of money they are investing in improving quality. An internal audit at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found duplicate material was used in 108 reports, rising from an initial...

German investor provides funding to Elder

Elder has raised £8.2m worth of funding, bringing its total to £16.5m since it launched in 2016. The latest investment from German fund Acton Capital and MMC Ventures, an existing investor, is set to speed expansion of the technology-enabled live-in care service provider. It plans to use the money to develop...

Emergency hospital admissions for people with dementia up 35%

Emergency hospital admissions for people with dementia has increased by more than a third in five years, research has found, with a lack of care home places partly to blame. Data published by Alzheimer’s Society revealed there were more than 379,000 emergency admissions in England for people with dementia in 2017/18. The number who end up in hospital for up to a year after an emergency admission in England also rose 6% from 2012, with 40,000 people with dementia stuck longer than a month in 2017/18. The rising figures mean more than...

Priory invests £1m in new mental health ward for young people

A new ward for children and adolescents with mental health issues has opened at Priory’s Roehampton Hospital in south-west London.  The ward, which follows an investment of nearly £1m, will provide care and treatment for the mental health of 12 to 17-year-olds and aim to help address the shortage of mental health treatment options for the age group.  A specially developed programme will be delivered by a multidisciplinary team and headed by experienced consultants, offering 24-hour medical and nursing care.  Young people accessing the service will have their admission funded by their...

Second Spire surgeon investigated over concerns about operations

Spire Healthcare has recalled 217 patients following an investigation into concerns with shoulder operations carried out by Habib Rahman, while still amid the Ian Paterson scandal. Rahman has been accused of carrying out ‘unnecessary’ operations on a number of NHS patients at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, West Midlands. Following...

Clarification: Healthcode and Consultant Information Sharing System

An article published by Healthcare Markets on 23 January suggested that Healthcode had emerged as the 'natural choice' of provider to run the Consultant Information Sharing System (CISS) when it was announced by the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) at...

Germany: Quadriga Capital buys Medical Senioren-Park

Quadriga Capital has acquired the Medical Senioren-Park chain of care homes, together with six inpatient facilities from care home group Convico. "The Medical Senioren-Park Group is a very successful family business with a unique culture. Quadriga Capital's participation will give the newly formed nursing home operator the opportunity to become a leading nationwide service provider in the long term through...

CQC wrong not to publish 2015 Whorlton Hall report, says review

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) was wrong not to publish the 2015 inspection report of Whorlton Hall, four years before a BBC Panorama investigation, which showed patients with learning disabilities being abused, a review has said. The CQC commissioned David Noble QSO to undertake an independent review to focus in particular on concerns raised by Barry Stanley-Wilkinson, who later resigned...

Healthcode maintains its independence after concerns raised over its suitability to run the CISS

Healthcode is seeking to reassure hospitals that its directors and shareholders have no access to customer data, after medical directors raised concerns over its suitability to run the sector’s...

Blow to Viapath as Synlab announced preferred bidder for £2.25bn contract

Synlab has been selected as preferred bidder for a 15-year contract to provide pathology services to five major NHS trusts in London. The German-owned company said it had received confirmation...

Priory invests £1m in new mental health ward for young people

A new ward for children and adolescents with mental health issues has opened at Priory’s Roehampton Hospital in south-west London.  The ward, which follows an investment of nearly £1m, will...

Norway: Litorina acquires Klinikk For Alle

Swedish private equity firm Litorina has acquired Klinikk For Alle (KFA), the market leading provider of physical manual therapy treatments in Norway. “We plan for a rapid roll-out of clinics in Norway and internationally, with Sweden being the next step on this growth journey,” said Litorina partner Gustav Thott. Founded in...

Spain: DAC Beachcroft boosts Spanish presence

In a move which boosts DAC Beachcroft’s Madrid office, the international law firm has joined forces with Spanish law firm and healthcare law specialists...

Singapore: SOG appoints Eric Choo as CEO

Eric Choo has been appointed chief executive officer of Singapore O&G (SOG). He replaces Ivan Lau who stepped down in November last year. “Together with his strong background in the...

Europe: New healthcare partner for L.E.K. Consulting

Andre Valente has been promoted to partner of L.E.K. Consulting. He is based in L.E.K.’s London office and is a member of the European healthcare and life sciences practices. “We...

South Africa: Viranna steps down at Life Healthcare

Shrey Viranna has stepped down as group chief executive officer of Life Healthcare, the second largest private hospital operator in South Africa, with immediate effect. In a statement the company...

France: Ardian takes stake in Santé Cie

Investment house Ardian is to acquire a majority stake in Santé Cie, a specialist in home medical assistance. Ardian will invest alongside HLD and UI Gestion, company shareholders since...

Switzerland: Oviva raises US$21m Series B

Oviva, a digital provider of Type 2 diabetes treatment in Europe, has raised US$21m in Series B funding to expand across Europe. “The new financing allows us to roll out our uniquely effective solution to large patient populations rapidly across Europe and further develop the underlying technology to better address patients’ unmet needs,” said chief executive and co-founder Kai Eberhardt. MTIP led...

Saudi Arabia: Saudi German Hospital secures deal with Mayo Clinic

The Saudi German Hospital in Riyadh has partnered with US non-profit organisation Mayo Clinic to provide healthcare services in Saudi Arabia. Critical cases will now be reviewed with Mayo Clinic doctors and patients can obtain treatment without having to travel abroad. ‘This agreement… is in accordance with the 2030 vision of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia build strong cooperation with...

India: Mediscole signs IVF deal with INVO Bioscience

Medesole, a supplier of healthcare products in India and the Middle East, has signed an agreement with medical device company INVO Bioscience to operate dedicated INVOcell clinics in India. "Over the past year, we have spent significant time evaluating potential partners to enter the rapidly growing Indian market,” said Steve Shum, chief executive of INVO Bioscience. The joint venture, Medesole INVO Bioscience, has set an initial objective of opening three INVOcell clinics over the next 12 months, with additional clinics planned in subsequent years. Based on the initial first year plan, INVO...

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