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Younger starters attracted to the care sector, data reveals

The average age of care workers starting in the sector between March and August dropped to 31.5 years compared to 35 during the same period last year. Skills for Care’s adult social care workforce data set showed there was no evidence the starter rate changed substantially since the start...

CareTech ahead of expectations despite dip in fostering division

Net capacity across CareTech fell over a six-month period due to a decline in its fostering division. As of the end of September, capacity across...

‘Desperate’ carers concerned ahead of winter

Four in five unpaid carers are providing more care for relatives than before the lockdown. Carers UK found that, of the almost 6,000 carers...

Bright Futures appoints operations director

Specialist education and care provider Bright Futures has appointed Rachelle Russell to the newly created role of operations director. Russell will be responsible for...

Caring for employees

Sybille Steiner, partner, and Jo Moseley, professional support lawyer and senior associate, in Irwin Mitchell’s employment team look at how care providers can protect their staff The impact of coronavirus on the UK is unprecedented. The care sector has been particularly hard hit; huge numbers of residents have died from...

‘Clear vision’ needed to tackle social care challenges

Social care needs a ‘clear vision’ supported by an integrated plan if the sector is going to meet its challenges. During an evidence session of the health and social care committee’s workforce burnout and resilience inquiry on Tuesday morning, Care England chief executive Prof Martin Green said there were ‘endless’...

VIDEO: Simon Parker speaks to Michael Doolin

In this episode Simon Parker, founder of the care management consultancy SP&P, speaks to guest Michael Doolin, managing director of Inspire Scotland. The organisation is a provider of residential care for children and young people. In this episode Simon and his guest talk about: how Inspire Scotland was created; the work the operator does helping children and young people build foundations, providing care and supporting them to be the best they can be; and the advances made since Michael became md 10 months ago. https://youtu.be/2r_tpAVbPk8 Viewers can watch The Care Home Show on...

David Manson promoted to lead Keys Group

Children’s services provider Keys Group has promoted David Manson to the role of chief executive officer. Formerly the group’s chief financial officer, Manson has succeeded Trish Lee, who held the role of CEO for the last three years. Manson, who has held board-level positions in the social care industry for the past 12 years, said: ‘Keys Group is a leading independent sector provider of care and support for some of the most vulnerable children and young people in our society, and I am excited to be appointed to the position of...

Cygnet appoints human rights lawyer as non-executive director

Cygnet Health Care has appointed internationally respected human rights lawyer Mark Stephens CBE as an independent non-executive director. Stephens, who has previously worked on safeguarding, will contribute to Cygnet’s non-executive advisory board, providing guidance to the leadership team. As well as global experience in human rights, Stephens has served on various...

Warrington-based fertility specialist agrees merger with IVF Life Group

Warrington-based IVF clinic Reproductive Health Group (RHG) has agreed a merger with Spanish fertility group IVF Life Group. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed but RHG will continue to be led by founder Professor Luciano Nardo and...

Fortius announces partnership with Wimbledon AFC

Fortius Clinic has continued to expand its presence in professional sport after entering into an official partnership with AFC Wimbledon as the club’s health and wellbeing provider.     Fortius opened a new orthopaedic and sports injury treatment clinic in Wimbledon last month and already has partnerships with premier league football and rugby clubs. It is a recognised FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence and recently...

Doctor Care Anywhere expands into Ireland

Digital health provider Doctor Care Anywhere (DCA) has expanded its services into the Republic of Ireland. The expansion comes after DCA signed an agreement that enables it to provide digital health services to one of the UK’s big four retail banks. DCA’s Irish patients will have access to virtual GP services which includes video or phone consultations with a GP...

Vitality enters partnership to provide new support service

Private medical insurer VitalityHealth has partnered with Peppy to provide menopause support to its members from early 2021. The partnership makes Vitality the first health insurer in the UK...

Doctor Care Anywhere hires former Nuffield Health director

Digital healthcare company Doctor Care Anywhere has appointed Michael Lord as its head of sales and account management. In his role, Lord will be responsible for managing client accounts,...

Ramsay opens daycase facility in Stourbridge

Ramsay Health Care UK has opened a new £7.5m day surgery hospital in Stourbridge. The site, which was officially opened yesterday by NHS England chairman Lord David Prior, comprises an...

Indonesia: Omni to take over EMC hospitals

Hospital group Omni Hospitals is to acquire the hospital business of Indonesian media conglomerate Emtek for Rp1.25trn (US$85.4m). Elang Medika Corpora runs two hospitals – EMC Sentul Hospital in Sentul, East Bogor, and EMC Tangerang Hospital in Tangerang, Banten. Omni has said that it intends to finance the acquisition with a...

Switzerland: Achiko expands medtech experience on board

Swiss heathtech company Achiko has established an advisory board of international experts in the medtech, biotech and innovation and appointed a head of commercialisation...

Morocco: Akdital Holding opens oncology department

Akdital Holding, a portfolio company of private equity firm Mediterrania Capital Partners, has opened a new oncology department providing diagnostic and treatment services at the Casablanca Ain Sbaâ private...

Global: Giant of healthcare banking retires

Ben Lorello is to retire from US investment bank Jefferies after 11 years as the global head of investment banking and capital markets. According to newspaper reports, he will be...

Yemen: IsDB and WHO provide healthcare support for Yemen

The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have joined forces with Yemen’s Ministries of Health and Population as well as Planning and International Cooperation to...

Germany: Changes for the Fresenius board

German healthcare group Fresenius has made some changes to its supervisory board as well as extending the contract of chief executive Stephan Sturm by another five years. Wolfgang Kirsch, a...

Warrington-based fertility specialist agrees merger with IVF Life Group

Warrington-based IVF clinic Reproductive Health Group (RHG) has agreed a merger with Spanish fertility group IVF Life Group. Financial details of the transaction have not been disclosed but RHG will continue to be led by founder Professor Luciano Nardo and his UK team. RHG operates from seven sites, including London’s Harley Street and Spire facilities in Manchester. It also operates a...

Global: Early stage funding picks up for global healthcare companies

Early stage funding for healthcare companies picked up again last week with highlights from Asia and again from Israel. Singapore start-up X-ZELL has closed an oversubscribed Seed+ round led by German industrial service group, Deutsche Industrieanlagen (DIAG). The company specialises in the detection of early stage cancers from small blood samples using a patented platform technology combining next generation multiplexing with...

Luxembourg: Eurofins issues €350m Schuldschein loan

Luxembourg-based laboratory group Eurofins has issued a new €350m (US$409.8m) Schuldschein loan to refinance the loans that are maturing in July 2022. Schuldschein issues are a traditional German private placement debt instrument. The new Schuldschein loan is structured in tranches of five, seven and 10 years, with both fixed and floating interest rates. Eurofins said that more than 85% of the transaction was on the seven and 10-year tenors. Demand was strong with the order book totalling more than 2.2 times the final size of the issuance. More than 60 investors took...

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