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Sir David Behan to step back from role as HC-One chair

Sir David Behan will be stepping back from his role as chair of HC-One before the end of the year. He will continue to support the provider as a senior adviser to both the board and executive team. As chair, Behan led HC-One’s initial response to the pandemic, oversaw the...

MPs to examine how to end staff drain in health and social care

An inquiry has been launched to look at the reasons behind staff leaving the health and social care sectors and how to tackle the problems. Workforce recruitment and training will also be explored by the health and social care committee. The inquiry builds on recommendations of its previous reports, Social...

Increased referrals leads to recruitment drive at Eden Futures

Eden Futures needs to recruit more staff to meet high levels of referrals for placements at its supported living setting in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. The setting, which comprises 14 self-contained apartments for people with learning disabilities, mental ill health and autism, is close to capacity less than a year since it...

Wales to examine creation of a National Care Service

A group will be set up to investigate the creation of a national care service in Wales. Details have been set out in a co-operation agreement covering 46 areas between Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford and leader of Plaid Cymru Adam Price. On the future of social care, the document said: ‘Set up an expert group to support our shared ambition to create a National Care Service, free at the point of need, continuing as a public service. We will agree an implementation plan by the end of 2023. We will...

Silbury Finance provides £39m loan for retirement village

Silbury Finance has provided a fund managed by Schroders Capital and advised by Octopus Real Estate with a £39.3m senior loan to fund the development of a retirement village. The development, in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is the second project to be developed by the joint venture (JV) between the UK retirement living fund and Elysian Residences. The JV will benefit from a discount on the facility’s exit fee if it achieves a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating. Developed and operated by Elysian, the retirement village will have 89 for-sale homes and...

Alliance Medical Group delivers ‘exceptional’ performance in FY21

UK-based imaging company Alliance Medical Group (AMG) has bounced back from the Covid-19 pandemic with ‘exceptional’ performance in FY 21, its South African parent company Life Healthcare has said. AMG, which operates in 13 countries across Europe, booked a 21% jump in revenue to £368m in the year ended 30 September 2021 on the...

Turnover up at Fresenius

Dialysis clinic operator Fresenius Medical Care Renal Services Ltd has posted a 5% increase in turnover to £45.5m for the year ended 31 December 2020. The company, which is a wholly owned UK subsidiary of German firm Fresenius, said its...

Vitality incentivises members to life better for longer

Health insurer Vitality has launched a data-driven programme to help its members take action to maximise longevity. The move is the latest step in Vitality’s ‘Shared Value Insurance’ approach, which is designed to incentivise healthier lifestyle choices which benefit the individual, the payor and society as a whole. The Next Best Action initiative uses pesonalised data, combined with Vitality’s clinical and...

Digital mental health provider raises £39m to develop evidence-based therapeutics

Digital mental health provider ieso, has raised £39m in a Series B financing round to help develop its AI-enabled digital assessment tools and therapy services. The round was led by investment firm Morningside, with further new investment from Sony Innovation Fund and existing shareholders IP Group, Molten Ventures and Ananda Impact Ventures. The Cambridge-based company is planning to seek regulatory approval for its autonomous digital tools, which provide...

Vitality ‘optimistic’ as PMI continues to attract ‘robust interest’

VitalityHealth has reported a 6.7% rise in net earned premiums to £405.7m for the year ended 30 June 2021. The insurer, which provides health cover to major blue-chip clients including Apple,...

Suspension of electives hits One Health Group

One Health Group has reported a 60% drop in turnover for the year ended 31 March 2021 due to the impact of the pandemic on its business. The Yorkshire-based company,...

Shepherds Friendly announces new chair

Shepherds Friendly has announced Nemone Wynn-Evans as chair. She was previously a non-executive director and senior independent director of the society.   Wynn-Evans has over 25 years' executive and non-executive...

InFocus: The future of Asian healthcare is digital says McKinsey

Asia is paving the way for digital health ecosystems, and potential ecosystem orchestrators can generate value by taking bold, strategic actions. Axel Baur, Hann Yew, and Mengwei Xin of McKinsey’s Healthcare Practice investigate the future of healthcare in Asia Asia is primed for rapid healthcare change, driven by shifting demographics,...

France: Sonofi makes equity investment and collaboration with Owkin

Global biopharmaceutical company focused on human health, Sanofi, has made an equity investment of US$180m and entered into a new strategic collaboration with Owkin, a French American start-up that specialises in AI and federated learning for medical research. The collaboration is comprised of discovery and development programmes in four exclusive types of cancer, with a total payment of US$90m for three years plus additional research milestone-based payments. The transaction support Sanofi’s growing oncology portfolio in core areas such as lung cancer, breast cancer and multiple myeloma. "Owkin’s unique methodology, which applies...

Fertility travel in a post Covid era

The pandemic forced fertility clinics, particularly ones which relied on international patients, to adapt. Speaking at the LaingBuisson Fertility Forum 2021 earlier this month Juliet Skinner, Consultant Gynaecologist, Barbados Fertility Centre, Dimitris Kavakas, CEO, Redia IVF, Eleonora Devoti, Commercial Department, Reproclinic Barcelona, Spain, and Matej Stejskal, CEO, FutureLife, Czech...

China’s new hospital in Macau to target medical tourism

The new Islands Hospital in Macau plans to offer services to medical travellers when it opens in 2023. The Islands District Medical Complex, also known as the Islands Hospital, will function as a public hospital but will offer private medical services for medical tourists. Macao, the Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is known for tourism and casinos. It receives 39 million tourists a year, with a population of only 658,000; almost all are from Mainland China. The new medical facility will be the first of its kind...

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