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Independent Age appoints new chief executive

Older people’s charity Independent Age has appointed Deborah Alsina has its new chief executive. Alsina has been chief executive of Bowel Cancer UK for ten years and will join Independent Age in October 2019. She will be taking over from former chief executive Janet Morrison who stepped down from the...

Pre-tax profit dips at CareTech following Cambian deal

Pre-tax profit fell by 19% at CareTech despite revenue rising 119.8% following the capture of Cambian, its interim results show. In its first financial results...

Hunt admits social care cuts went ‘too far’

Former health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt has admitted cuts in social care have gone too far. During a BBC television debate on Tuesday...

Octopus completes trio of transactions

Octopus Real Estate has completed three development transactions - two sales and one acquisition. The disposals come after Octopus secured planning permission for two care...

Impact seals £3.9m deal

Impact Healthcare REIT has bought Birchlands Nursing Home on the outskirts of York for £3.9m. The investor will appoint Welford as the new tenant of the home, on a 25-year full repairing and insuring lease. Initial rent on the 51-bed purpose-built property will be £300,000. This is Impact’s third lease with...

Third of public sector care workers leaving each year

Care workers had the lowest one-year retention rates across all public sector occupations in 2016/17, Office of National Statistics figures show.  From 2016 to 2017, the UK workforce one-year retention rate was 83% and the public sector rate was 84%. However, care workers in the public sector had a below-average retention...

Demand grows for children’s services and special education

The children’s services sector has grown by more than a quarter over the past decade, with many children and young people presenting with complex and multi-layered needs. As of 31 March 2018, LaingBuisson estimates that 95,855 children were being looked after in care in the UK, with the sector growing 9% in the past five years and 28% since 2008. The increase in demand came during a period of austerity when local authorities were instructed by central government to cut budgets. Meeting rising demand has come at the expense of other provision...

Faults found over treatment of foster parents

The ombudsman has criticised a council’s social work practice following the removal of two children from a foster couple who wanted to adopt them. An investigation of East Riding of Yorkshire Council found an unreasonable delay in starting adoption assessments of the couple, poor record keeping, poor decision making when deciding to remove the children from the couple’s care and poor complaints handling. It also failed to be transparent with the couple about concerns it had about them. The couple fostered the children after their birth parents were unable to look...

Leadership key aspect to improved CQC hospital ratings, report finds

A better approach to leadership has been found to be the most important aspect of improving a hospital’s Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating. In a report from the CQC titled, Driving improvement: Case studies from eight independent hospitals, the healthcare regulator spoke with eight hospitals that had made significant...

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust partners with Rutherford Cancer Centre

The Rutherford Cancer Centre North East and Northumbria Healthcare has announced a partnership that will see NHS cancer patients treated at the Rutherford Centre in Bomarsund. The partnership applies to chemotherapy patients and is designed to help the trust ensure...

Babylon launches GP at Hand in Birmingham

Babylon Health has launched its virtual GP service, GP at Hand, in Birmingham as part of its national expansion. This news follows NHS England blocking plans for the roll-out of the London-based digital GP platform last summer after NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group raised concerns over patient access to screening and immunisation services. However, a solution had been found...

Sweden: Medicover issues first commercial paper

Swedish healthcare and diagnostics provider Medicover has issued its first commercial paper to refinance maturing short-term borrowings. In a statement the group said that the programme should be seen as a complementary funding source to the group’s €300m (US$337m) revolving credit facility. The newly established commercial paper programme has a total size of Kr2bn (US$211.1m) with the possibility to issue in...

Adults with eating disorders face postcode lottery to access specialist treatment

Adults are facing long waits and a postcode lottery to access specialist treatment for eating disorders, according to a leading charity. In a report published by eating disorder charity Beat,...

IHPN: Moving the dial on diagnostics

IHPN looks at how the independent sector can help boost early diagnosis One of the NHS Long Term Plan is most ambitious commitments is to save up to half...

Investment leads to losses at former Fit for Work provider

Losses deepened at health assessment and occupational health services provider Health Management Ltd in 2018 as the company invested in new occupational health systems. Turnover was up 2% to £46.8m...

People: Van Aken named chief executive of UKM

Hugo Van Aken has been named chief executive and medical director of the 1,457-bed Universitätsklinikum Münster (UKM). "We are delighted to have found a renowned physician with great experience in clinic management with Prof. Van Aken," said Martin Schulze Schwienhorst. Van Aken was previously at UKM for 28 years, including 21...

Singapore: Ngee Ann donates S$40m to SingHealth

Ngee Ann Development, a subsidiary of The Ngee Ann Kongsi charitable foundation, has donated S$40m (US$29.3m) to SingHealth, the island state’s largest group of...

New Zealand: Vital starts redevelopment of Wakefield Hospital

New Zealand’s Vital Healthcare Property Trust has started construction for a multi-staged redevelopment of the 64-bed Wakefield Hospital in Wellington. Vital and its hospital operating partner Acurity Health Group have...

France: Korian extends syndicated loan

Europe’s largest retirement home operator Korian has amended and extended its syndicated loan with partner banks. The changes provide for a rebalancing of a term loan and a revolving credit...

UAE: Dubai Health Authority partners with New York University Abu Dhabi

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has signed an a memorandum of understanding with New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) to launch the UAE Healthy Future study.  The study seeks to...

France: BioSerenity raises €65m Series B

BioSerenity, which manufactures a wearable system of textiles equipped with sensors and online telehealth services to diagnose and monitor chronic pathologies, has raised €65m (US$73m) Series B funding led...

UAE: New board for Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences

The board of trustees of the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences has been formed. The new board will be chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE. Also chosen are Raja Easa Al Gurg, as vice chairperson, along with Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Humaid Mohammed Al...

India: Dr Lal PathLabs moves into Madhya Pradesh

Indian diagnostics group Dr Lal PathLabs intends to acquire a 70% stake in a pathology company in Madhya Pradesh for up to Rs500m (US$7.2m). In a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange, Dr Lal said that the acquisition would complete in the next three months. The company, which is still to be established, will be a merger of Central Lab, Indore...

France: Lifen raises €20m Series B funding

French medical communication platform Lifen has raised €20m (US$22.6m) Series B funding led by Partech, with Idinvest Partners and Mayjcc eSanté Invest taking part. Historical investors Serena and Daphni also participated in the raise. The Paris-based startup has created software to send interoperable medical reports with 100% EMR (Electronic Medical Records). The benefit for establishments is that they are able to reduce their postal budget by a factor of three and save one hour of daily treatment time per medical secretary. Clients include Strasbourg University Hospital, the University Hospital of Angers...

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