Cygnet Health Care, a UK subsidiary of hospital management company Universal Health Services, has acquired the Danshell Group for an undisclosed sum.

Adding 25 facilities with 288 beds from the specialist operator to its portfolio, Cygnet will manage Danshell’s services for adults with autism and learning disabilities, expanding into new service lines and locations.

Cygnet runs services for users with mental health needs and learning disabilities across the UK, employing 6,300 staff across 111 facilities.

Commenting on the deal Cygnet’s chief executive Tony Romero (pictured) said: ‘The Danshell network of facilities has a strong reputation for providing compassionate behavioural health care with respect and dignity as evidenced by the high quality ratings deemed by Care Quality Commission.’

Alan B. Miller, chief executive and chair of the Board of Universal Health Services, added: ‘The acquisition expands our network of services in the UK. The facility locations are an excellent geographical fit and their services are complementary to our existing portfolio.’

Danshell launched in 2010, expanding rapidly by acquiring hospitals, supported living and residential services across England and Scotland. In 2016 the operator’s revenue stood at £29m.