Ombudsman reminds councils to be clear on care home costs

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has reminded councils across England that they must give families placing relatives in care homes accurate information about costs. The warning was issued following a complaint made against Lincolnshire County Council by a family who sought the council’s…...

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Joint replacement centre opens at Bupa Cromwell Hospital

The Fortius Joint Replacement Centre has opened at Bupa Cromwell Hospital in a new partnership between Fortius Clinic and Bupa. The centre will provide hip and knee replacements using a new robotic technology that enables faster recovery times, smaller incisions and more accurate implant placements. Philip…...

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PegasusLife acquires Renaissance Retirement

PegasusLife has acquired retirement living developer and provider Renaissance Retirement for an undisclosed sum, more than doubling its portfolio of developments to 71 sites. Renaissance Retirement chairman Chris Goddard will join the board as part of the deal. The combined gross development value for both companies…...

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CQC appoints chief operating officer

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has appointed Kirsty Shaw as its chief operating officer. Shaw will lead on the regulator’s corporate and customer-facing functions, including human resources, legal services, governance, digital, finance, commercial and the National Customer Service Centre. Shaw’s career has focused on leading…...

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Spending gap putting pressure on mental health services

Mental health workers are under pressure as the spending gap between NHS mental health services and NHS acute hospitals widened last year, according to a report by The King’s Fund. The number of nurses has fallen 13% since 2009, with one in 10 specialist mental…...

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Glenholme Healthcare Group moves into elderly care

Glenholme Healthcare Group is planning to build a ‘multi-million pound’ residential care facility as part of a new move into the elderly care market. The learning disabilities and mental health care provider has over 40 years’ experience supporting young people and adults in the healthcare industry…....

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CQC chief executive to step down

Sir David Behan, chief executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to step down from his position in the summer after six years in the role. ‘It’s been an immense privilege to serve the public by leading CQC … We’ve inspected every hospital, adult…...

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NHSPN reaffirms extra capacity as NHS winter crisis continues

The NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) reaffirmed its offer to the NHS of additional capacity for 400,000 operations and tests as NHS England revealed record numbers of patients were facing long waits in A&E. Figures for December showed that 85.1% of A&E patients were seen within…...

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NHSPN reaffirms extra capacity as NHS winter crisis continues

The NHS Partners Network (NHSPN) has reaffirmed its offer to the NHS of additional capacities for 400,000 operations and tests, after the latest performance figures from NHS England revealed continued breaches of the 18-week Referral to Treatment time target. At the end of November 2017, 89.5%…...

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