Under lock and key: patient information and the GDPR

Stuart Knowles, a consultant specialising in clinical governance, information law, data security, regulation, investigations and inquests at law firm Mills & Reeve LLP looks at the sensitivities and challenges around healthcare data and patient safety Keeping patient sensitive information secure is the lifeblood of the…...

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Apposite acquires Swanton Care

Apposite Capital has acquired specialist care operator Swanton Care & Community for an undisclosed sum. Swanton operates 24 care homes for adults with complex learning disabilities, mental health disorders and acquired brain injuries, which collectively provide 259 beds across East Anglia, the West Midlands, south…...

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CQC slams independent mental health providers’ use of locked rehab

A far-reaching report on the state of mental health services in England published today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has raised concerns over the use of locked rehabilitation wards in the independent sector. The healthcare watchdog said that although quality on locked rehabilitation wards…...

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Planning permission granted for Liverpool cancer centre

Proton Partners International has been granted formal planning permission to build its third oncology centre in England, in the new £1bn Paddington Village area of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool. The £35m cancer treatment centre, known as The Rutherford Cancer Centre North West, will offer a range…...

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Advanced Oncotherapy secures new investment

Advanced Oncotherapy has renegotiated the terms of its finance agreement with Dubai-based investment firm Bracknor after securing a new £3.9m loan from a consortium formed by AB Segulah and a group of Swedish investors, including AFMS Radgivning Och Invest AB, Peter Gyllenhammar AB, Mijesi AB…...

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Uplift in usual costs does little more than cover NLW impact

LaingBuisson head of research Eleni Giatsi explains the key findings of CM’s annual survey of usual costs. According to CM’s Annual Survey of UK Local Authority Usual Costs 2017/18, English councils have given an average uplift of 3.6%, most likely in an effort to compensate…...

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InProgress: the latest care developments

Carterwood has sold two sites in Oxford and Shipston-on-Stour on behalf of long-term client, Frontier Estates. Hamberley Developments purchased the Oxford site, while independent first-time buyer, Shipston Nursing Homes, purchased the site in Shipston-on-Stour. The sites have full planning permission for a care home and…...

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Going on Trust

In his first column for CM, Colin Angel of UKHCA examines the Trusted Assessor role in hospitals Solving the problem of people who remain stuck in hospital, despite being medically fit for discharge, is an urgent issue for older and disabled people and has been…...

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Acquisition drives growth at Assura

UK Reit and primary care property investor Assura Group said it continued to make ‘good progress’ in the first quarter of this year despite the uncertain political landscape. The company, which raised £98m in an equity placing in June, completed the acquisition of 24 medical…...

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It’s an ill wind…

NHS England is no longer prioritising waiting times, there is growing evidence that CCGs are rationing services, and PMI remains flat. Combined these could have serious repercussions for independent sector hospital providers, but they are also feeding the green shoots in the self-pay market. Ann…...

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Bupa data breach hits 108,000

Over 100,000 Bupa international insurance clients have been warned to be on their guard against ‘phishing’ attacks after their information was ‘stolen’ by an employee. Bupa Global said the data, including the names, birth dates, nationality and contact details, of around 108,000 customers had been…...

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HCA appoints CMO

HCA Healthcare UK has appointed Dr Cliff Bucknall as chief medical officer. A cardiac consultant, Dr Bucknall has worked with leading NHS institutions and teaching hospitals, including Kings College Hospital and Guy’s and St Thomas’, as well as HCA’s London Bridge Hospital. He was previously HCA’s…...

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Aviva offers essential for companies

Aviva has extended its low-cost Health Essentials product to corporate clients. Launched to individual customers in 2016, Health Essentials is intended to complement NHS care by providing low cost top up cover for selective conditions and treatments. As part of the roll out, corporate clients…...

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HCA partners with UHB to build £65m hospital

HCA Healthcare UK and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) have announced plans to build a £65m specialist hospital for private and NHS patients on the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham campus. The 138-bed facility is scheduled to open in 2020 and will provide complex…...

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Spire unveils plans for new site in Milton Keynes

Spire Healthcare has announced plans to develop a £70m hospital in Milton Keynes. A formal planning application will be submitted in the autumn, but the Group said current proposals were for a 54-bed contemporary facility equipped with the latest healthcare technology capable of delivering highly…...

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Regard acquires Adelphi Care Services

The Regard Group has acquired Shropshire-based Adelphi Care Services for ab undisclosed sum. As a result of the deal, nine specialist residential and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour will transfer to Regard. Chief executive Sandie Foxall-Smith said: ‘We…...

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