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Cross-party agreement on social care doubtful, says Laing

Cross-party agreement on the future of social care is unlikely, LaingBuisson founder William Laing has told BBC Radio 4. At the weekend Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there was an ‘emerging national consensus’ that social care needed to be tackled and he wanted to reach across all sides of politics...

Social care vacancies rise by 43%, research shows

Demand for social care staff in Scotland is growing as job vacancies in the sector rose by 43% in the past year. Research from careers...

Orchard Care Homes appoints five new directors

Orchard Care Homes has appointed four operations directors and a director of people and talent as part of a strategic restructure of the company’s...

Innovation fund needed to support sector, NCF says

The next government should create an innovation transformation fund to help support the sector to develop new models of care. A pot of investment would...

Impact Healthcare raises £35m

Impact Healthcare REIT has raised £35m from the placing of new ordinary shares. The company’s investment manager is working on several transactions which, if completed, would lead to the acquisition of up to 20 care homes. Rupert Barclay, Impact Healthcare chairman, said: ‘This capital will provide the company with the ability...

Anchor Hanover appoints new chair

Housing and care provider Anchor Hanover has appointed Christopher Kemball as its new chair. Kemball takes on the role from Dr Stuart Burgess CBE, who was appointed chair of Hanover Housing Association in September 2014 and became chair of Anchor Hanover following the merger of Anchor and Hanover in November...

Deal-breaking contract clauses

UKHCA policy director Colin Angel examines how councils are looking at new ways to deliver services Examples of local authority contracts which are likely to present ‘deal-breakers’ for homecare providers cross my desk regularly, either when an authority begins a procurement exercise, or when the authority seeks a variation to a contract while it is in place. When the terms of a contract become onerous, homecare providers are more likely to decline to submit a bid for new work, or decide to withdraw from the contract while it is running. Neither...

Social care workforce challenge underestimated

The scale of the workforce challenge in social care has so far been underestimated, research by Nuffield Trust has revealed. An election briefing document said providing a basic package of care of one hour per day to older people with high needs would require approximately 50,000 additional homecare workers. To provide up to two hours would need around 90,000 extra workers. The number of older people (65-plus) using publicly funded community care is projected to rise by 16% and the number of working-age adults with learning disabilities using state-funded care at...

TriSpan leads cosmetics sector roll-up after buying THMG

The Harley Medical Group (THMG) has been acquired by TriSpan-backed Lasercare Holdings, which operates non-surgical cosmetic clinic chain sk:n, via a pre-pack administration. The move marks a major roll-up in the increasingly active cosmetic surgery sector, where mid-market private equity investor TriSpan is leading consolidation. THMG, which was acquired by...

Doctors Clinic Group opens new centre in Twickenham

Private GP practice the Doctors Clinic Group (DCG) has opened its latest clinic in Twickenham.  Funding for the new clinic was received through follow on funding for continued nationwide expansion from its investors Oakfield Capital in September. The new clinic will...

Understanding requests for Medical Records

  Tania Richards, associate at law firm Mills & Reeve, looks at data protection issues when dealing with patients’ medical records A recent case clarifies the grounds for disclosure of a patient’s medical records against a non-party and in this case, a GP practice. While the decision is fact specific it serves as a reminder of the rules around disclosure. Distilled...

PHP to fund £8.4m development

A wholly owned subsidiary of Primary Health Properties (PHP) has contracted to provide development funding for the construction of a purpose built medical centre in Eastbourne, East Sussex for a total cost of £8.4m. The centre will be wholly owned by PHP upon its completion and fully let for 25 years to the GP practice. The property will provide modern facilities...

Germany: IK Investment Partners to take over Ondal

In its second deal in a week, IK Investment Partners is to acquire pendant medical systems manufacturer Ondal Holding from Swiss private equity firm Capvis. HMi reported in September that...

Advanced Oncotherapy partners with Cleveland Clinic on two-year research study

Provider of proton beam radiotherapy Advanced Oncotherapy is partnering with US-based Cleveland Clinic to carry out a two-year collaborative research study. The study sets out to evaluate the target conformity...

Former BMI Healthcare executive joins Schoen Clinic

Private healthcare provider Schoen Clinic UK has appointed Andy Davey as its new managing director. Davey brings with him his extensive experience of almost 20 years within the independent healthcare...

Morocco: Mediterrania Capital invests in Akdital Holding

Private equity firm Mediterrania Capital Partners has invested in Akdital Holding, which operates five clinics in Greater Casablanca. “Akdital is an extremely successful company, very well positioned to fulfil the increasing demand for private medical services in Morocco. We are confident that this partnership will help improve Akdital’s foundations and...

Germany: Grube to head up Schoen clinics in Lorsch and Düsseldorf

The Schoen Clinic Group, the largest family-run hospital group in Germany, has appointed Kerstin Grube as managing director of Schoen Clinic Lorsch and Schoen...

Hong Kong: Venus Medtech raises HK$2.6bn

Enthusiastic demand and a desire for something other than biotech paper have seen Venus Medtech raise HK$2.6bn (US$331m) in its IPO in Hong Kong. The company has sold 78.5 million...

Japan: PLife to acquire three rehabilitation facilities

Parkway Life REIT is to acquire three nursing rehabilitation facilities in Japan from KK Habitation, Fuyo Shoji Kabushiki Kaisha and Medical Corporation Shojinkai for a total consideration of ¥3.7bn...

Belgium: Dedalus likely to land the hospital IT business of Agfa-Gevaert

Ardian-backed firm Dedalus is closing in on the hospital IT business of Belgian-German multinational Agfa-Gevaert. In a statement, it said that it has entered into exclusive negotiations to acquire the...

China: OUELH to develop Shenzhen hospital

SGX-listed OUE Lippo Healthcare will develop a hospital in Shenzhen, China, with Hong Kong-based conglomerate China Merchants Group (CMG). OUELH will do so by buying a 50% stake in Riviera...

Australia: Paragon Care appoints new CEO and managing director

The board of healthcare equipment provider Paragon Care has announced several changes to its board and executive team as part of the recent strategic restructuring of the business. Andrew Just has stepped down from his role as chief executive officer and managing director after joining the company in January last year. Phil Nicholl has been appointed as the new chief executive...

New Zealand: Fisher & Paykel Healthcare chairman steps down

Tony Carter, chairman of New Zealand-based medical device manufacturer Fisher & Paykel Healthcare, will retire after the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting in August next year. Current director Scott St John has been elected by the board to succeed Carter as chairman. Carter joined the board in 2010 and has held the role of chairman since 2012. St John joined the board of...

Netherlands: Aedifica to build new care home

Belgian healthcare REIT Aedifica is to build a care home in Vorden, part of the municipality of Bronckhorst, Gelderland, for €7m (US$7.7m). The care residence will accommodate 28 seniors requiring continuous care and will also have two couples apartments for seniors opting to live independently, with care services available on demand. The construction works will start soon and are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021. Villa Nuova will be operated by Stepping Stones Home & Care, a private player that has been active in the Dutch senior...

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