Franchising – could it work for care homes?

Franchising works well in homecare. A prime example is Bluebird Care, which pioneered homecare franchising in Britain and at April 2016 boasted 86% good or outstanding ratings among those of its agencies which have been inspected under the fundamental standards regime, well ahead of the sector benchmark.

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What US real estate investment trusts really want: Frieda Klotz takes a look at how the REITs operate on their side of the pond

In 2015, Ventas, a REIT head-quartered in Chicago, acquired Canford Healthcare, a British luxury nursing home group; and Welltower, formerly Health Care REIT (HCN), bought a 9.9% stake in Avery Healthcare Group. In 2014 Sunrise Senior Living acquired Gracewell Healthcare and its estate of 11 care homes for £153m.

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M&A 101: a step-by-step guide to care transactions: Associate at Trowers & Hamlins, Sarah-Jane Harbour, takes CCMn through the legal basics

Brexit or not, there is still significant M&A activity in the UK healthcare market. Although no two deals are ever the same, in this M&A 101, I summarise some of the key issues you may encounter and highlight areas which may need particular focus and/or insight on a healthcare deal.

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Suhail Mirza talks to Allan Johnson, CEO of the Practice Group, about how his experience in the armed forces and industry has influenced his leadershi

Allan Johnson is CEO at The Practice Group, the largest independent provider of primary care to the NHS, spanning nearly 50 GP surgeries and GP led health centres with 200,000 registered patients. The Group is also the largest community based provider of ophthalmology services to the NHS and in total sees in excess of one million patient appointments per year. Founded by two GPs, The Practice Group has been working in partnership with the NHS for over ten years.

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Homecare providers suffering in Scotland: Suhail Mirza finds out how domiciliary care providers are faring north of the border

It is not only the English homecare market that is facing tough times. Its counterparts in Scotland are also bearing the brunt of cuts to council budgets being passed on to providers through their contracts.

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The benefits of keeping carers in-house: Eliza Akerman looks at a thriving private-pay live-in homecare market

Crisis, deficit, unaffordable and cuts are all words associated with the UK homecare market. Just last month local authorities were criticised for continuing to commission 15 minute visits for those in need of homecare.

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Getting ground rent transactions to take off: Kyle Holling of Trowers & Hamlins’ health and social care group explains the process

Just under a week after CareTech’s £30m ground rent deal with Alpha Real Capital was announced in February, the real estate team in Trowers & Hamlins health and social care group closed another healthcare sector ground rent transaction.

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