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Care UK could sell off domiciliary care services

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Care UK is considering selling off its domiciliary care and learning disability services and focusing on providing residential and nursing care homes, it has announced.

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Yesterday the company confirmed it had sold its NHS mental health services to Partnerships in Care, one of the country’s largest independent mental health providers. A spokeswoman said this was part of a shake-up of its services in order to focus on providing primary, secondary and residential care services. She added that a “strategic review process” is ongoing to see if the company can also divest its domiciliary care and learning disabilities services.

As part of a programme of investment in residential and nursing care homes, Care UK has created 18 new facilities over the past two and a half years and is planning at least 15 more over the coming three years.

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Care UK will transfer its mental health contracts to Partnerships in Care next month

The company, which operates 20 NHS commissioned mental health services across England, will transfer its NHS mental health contracts to Partnerships in Care on 1 June for an undisclosed sum.

In a statement the company said: “Service users and commissioners should not see any change in services and front line colleagues and operational leaders are expected to transfer to the new provider on their existing terms and conditions.”

Care UK chief executive Mike Parish said: “Care UK has developed market leading positions in health and social care and is well placed to further enhance services to the benefit of its customers, patients and service users.

“In services where Care UK is not currently the market leader or anticipating significant growth, these excellent organisations will benefit from being part of other specialist providers committed to market leadership in their respective sectors.

“Making these changes will not only improve the sustainability of individual services in exceptionally challenging times, but will strengthen the resilience of the sector as a whole.”

Care UK is the largest independent provider of NHS services. Its portfolio includes 10 elective treatment centres, 50 primary care services and 13 NHS 111 services.

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  • So outsourcing can end up as a journey from one provider to another but it is unlikely that commissioners will not notice any differences.

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