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Unregistered homecare agency ordered to pay £18,000

A homecare agency has been ordered to pay more than £18,000 after providing a service without being registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  Motiv8ed Support Ltd appeared before Manchester Magistrates’ Court having pleaded guilty to carrying on a regulated activity - the provision of personal care - without registration. The...

Clarity needed over care home visits, MPs told

A clear plan on how visits in care homes will take place needs to be set out, the executive director of the National Care Forum has told a group of MPs. Speaking to the health and social care committee on Tuesday morning, Vic Rayner said it was ‘unhelpful’ to have...

Care charity partners with tax scheme to support domiciliary workers

The Care Workers’ Charity (CWC) has partnered with Care Worker Tax Rebate to raise awareness among domiciliary staff who may be paying too much tax. Care Worker Tax Rebate was formed in 2012 to help carers from paying too much income tax to HM Revenue & Customs. Since it was...

Inspired Villages appoints Sharon Badelek as CFO

Inspired Villages Group has recruited Sharon Badelek as its chief financial officer, in a newly created position. She will be supported by a team of 18 finance and investment professionals and will be working closely with group finance manager Tatiana Smith, who joined the organisation in March. Badelek has over 20 years’ experience across the UK retail, leisure and healthcare sectors. Her previous roles include CFO and chief executive of Novus Leisure, group finance director at Vue Entertainment, group financial controller of Virgin Active and CFO of Westpoint Veterinary Group. She will...

More than 70% of care workers paid less than real living wage

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of independent sector care workers in England were paid less than the real living wage (RLW), analysis has revealed. Research by Skills for Care for the Living Wage Foundation found that during 2019/20 out of 832,393 care workers, 604,168 were paid below the RLW, which is based on what people need to live. The wage rose by 20p to £9.50 per hour (by 10p to £10.85 in London) last week. This compares to £8.72 for over 25s on the national living wage. The proportion of care workers paid below the RLW was higher...

DoLS under lockdown

DAC Beachcroft partner and expert in mental health, Gill Weatherhill, discusses what impact Covid-19 has had on DoLS, and whether we should expect the pandemic to have a lasting effect on the management of mental capacity and deprivation of liberty   At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK,...

Access all areas

The self pay patient journey can be fraught with misadventure but as independent consultant Richard Gregory explains, focusing on the basics can help smooth the pathway   Accessibility to private healthcare has never really been as good as it should be. In...

Sensyne Health signs SRA with Somerset NHS FT

Clinical AI company Sensyne Health plc has signed a five-year Strategic Research Agreement (SRA) with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust to help develop the application of clinical AI to patient care and new medicines. The trust will join six existing SRAs already signed with NHS trusts and a data access agreement signed with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, taking the combined total...

CQC takes action against Priory hospital

Care inspectors have told a Priory Group hospital in Bromley it must continue to make urgent improvements to its services for people with learning disabilities or autism. The Keston Unit, part of Priory Hospital Hayes Grove, is a specialised mixed gender unit for adults who have a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with psychiatric co-morbidities. The service also...

M&A expected to strengthen in 2021 but appetite for healthcare services could wane

Healthcare M&A is expected to make a strong recovery in 2021 driven by corporate acquisitions in key areas such as biopharma, life sciences and diagnostics, according to the third...

IHPN appoints first non-executive chair

The Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) has announced the appointment of Lord Kamlesh Patel of Bradford as chair. Lord Patel, who will take over from current chair and Spire Healthcare...

Assura maintains momentum despite Covid-19 pandemic

UK REIT and primary care property investor Assura plc reported a 20.3% jump in pre-tax profit today as it maintained rental income and development momentum in the face of...

How to get together

Reed Smith’s Iqbal Hussain looks at the challenges and key considerations that need to be navigated during medical device M&A deals in Europe   Deal making in the medical devices sector involves a number of challenges and key considerations that dealmakers need to navigate carefully in order to achieve success. If...

New Zealand: Abano sees improved takeover offer

Investors could be forgiven for thinking that the takeover of Abano Healthcare Group by a consortium of private equity firm, BGH Capital and the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, is a yo-yo. The NZ$150m (US$95.2m) deal for the dental company was a casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic and cancelled in April because a material adverse change had occurred with no break fee payable and no liability. In early September it reappeared, albeit at a lower price. Rather than NZ$5.70 per share, the consortium dropped the price to NZ$4.45 per share. Last week, the...

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