UK ‘should remove barriers between health and social care’

The UK government should remove the funding barrier between the NHS and social care by introducing new tax measures to increase the provision of free care, according to a new report by the Policy Exchange thinktank.

Barwood Capital, Perseus snap up Surrey property

Barwood Capital and Perseus Land & Developments have acquired the Ashley House care home near Guildford in Surrey from private owners for £2.5m.

Montreux Healthcare Fund acquires Kent property pair

Montreux Healthcare Fund has acquired a pair of care homes in the Kent coastal village of Dymchurch.

Precious Homes promotes chief financial officer to top job

Social care provider Precious Homes has appointed Fergal Cawley to be its chief executive in a promotion from his former role as chief financial officer (CFO).

Care UK seeks approval for Wilmslow home

Care UK has filed an application with Cheshire East Council to build a 60-bed care home near the centre of Wilmslow in north-west England.

CQC pilots home testing kits for carers

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is piloting home testing for social care staff as it steps up efforts to relieve Covid-19 pressures on the sector.

Girbau takes control of Chinese venture

Spanish laundry equipment outfit Girbau has acquired the entire share capital of its Chinese joint venture Girbau Shenguang Laundry Technology (GSLT).

HomeServe offers free emergency home repairs for carers

Home repairs and improvements outfit HomeServe has launched a free emergency home repairs service for all social care workers.

Care homes ‘need ring of steel’ as death toll spikes

The National Care Forum (NCF) has called on the UK government to do more to protect care homes from Covid-19 after the former claimed more than 2500 deaths may have occurred in a single week.

Legal & General wins Inspired backing for £215m Surrey retirement village

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has approved plans for a £215m retirement village on the site of Legal & General’s former head office in Surrey.

Orchard Care Homes appoints dementia lead

Orchard Care Homes has appointed Hannah Miller to oversee the company’s strategy for delivering dementia care across the group’s portfolio.

Karantis360 offers non-profit assisted living solution to care providers

UK predictive care management start-up Karantis360 is offering its at-home monitoring solution at cost price to assist caregivers in keeping older adults and the vulnerable safe during the Covid-19 crisis.

Log My Care lauds uptake of Covid-19 monitoring tools

Technology outfit Log My Care has recorded a 60% uptake among its clients adopting new Covid-19 monitoring tools within 10 days.

UK launches NHS-style brand for care workers

The Department of Health and Social Care has unveiled a new brand for care workers with NHS-style identity as part of an action plan to support the sector in England throughout the coronavirus outbreak.

The Care Home Environment launches digital issue

Step Communications, publishers of The Care Home Environment, has this week launched a digital version of the magazine.

Music for Dementia 2020 tuned into Covid-19

Music for Dementia 2020 has launched a guide for making the most of music’s ability to connect people during the Covid-19 crisis.

Audley makes plans for new director

Retirement village developer Audley Group has appointed Emma Trinder as its new planning director.

Care England gives thumbs-up to Covid-19 testing plans

Representative body Care England has backed plans by the UK government to roll out testing for all care home residents and staff and their family members with Covid-19 symptoms.

New Care opens Cheshire home to ease pressure on NHS

New Care has opened a new care home in Cheshire to help ease the burden on the NHS amid the coronavirus crisis.

Make care zero-rated for VAT – ICG

Representative body Independent Care Group (ICG) has urged the UK government to scrap VAT on care providers paying for goods and services to ease the sector’s financial burden amid the coronavirus pandemic.