Southern strategy increases Hallmark’s profits

Hallmark Care Homes Group reported a 6.5% rise in revenues from £52.4m to £56.3m for the year ended 31 March 2017. Cost of sales stood at £32.2m (2016: £29.m) and administrative expenses were £13.3m (2016: £16.6m), leaving an operating profit £10.8m, a 72.2% increase on…...

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Care England wins right to intervene in sleep-in appeal

Care England has now joined the sleep-in fray after winning the right to intervene in Mencap’s Court of Appeal case, due to be heard next month.  The representative body has been given leave to pursue new arguments not yet considered in the appeal to the Royal Mencap Society vs Tomlinson-Black…...

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Future lease costs leave Avery just in the red

Avery Healthcare Holdings reported a 7.7% rise in revenues for the year ended 31 March 2017 from £126m to £135.8m. Cost of sales were £72.9m (2016: £67.2m) and administrative expenses stood at £64.3m (2016: £59.7m). Exceptional administrative expenses of £10.4m (2016: £11.1m) arising from future…...

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Solutions to the adult social care funding crisis?

Analysis of the five most commonly raised solutions to the adult social care funding crisis in England has been published by The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation. After reviewing relevant literature, speaking to two stakeholder groups, Approaches to Social Care Funding aims to identify…...

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Legal headwinds in 2018

Partner at Simmons & Simmons Jocelyn Ormond outlines some key legal risks for UK investors over the coming year Appetite for UK social care assets remains robust coming into 2018, but effective due diligence remains critical to any successful investment. Commissioning, pricing, care quality, staffing and…...

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Smart homes could save NHS and social care billions – IMechE

Financial incentives should be introduced for construction companies to create 78,000 adapted smart homes per year over the next decade. According to a report published today by the Institute for Mechanical Engineers, these modified homes could save councils and the NHS billions of pounds each…...

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More housing for older people needed says CLG Committee

The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee has called on the Government to recognise the link between homes and health in the forthcoming Green Paper.     It said a national strategy for older people’s housing is needed in order to bring together and improve policy in this area.  Central to this…...

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Four Seasons agrees £70m loan facility with H/2 Capital Partners

Four Seasons Health Care announced this morning that H/2 Capital Partners is to provide up to £70m in funding to help the care home operator stabilise its operations. The new facility will increase Four Season’s loan from £40m to £70m with interest at LIBOR+3.75%. This…...

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On the edge?

Colin Angel asks whether a Carillion-style  collapse could happen in homecare Following the sudden collapse of Carillion, a number of people have asked whether the same thing could happen in other UK public services outsourced to the private market. In the case of homecare services,…...

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