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Care UK mental health services to be acquired by Partnerships in Care

May 5 2015

Care UK has today confirmed that its mental health services are to be acquired by Partnerships in Care, the specialist mental health provider, on 1 June. Care UK currently operates 20 services supporting NHS commissioners to meet mental health needs.

Care UK is progressing its strategic review process regarding the potential acquisition of its domiciliary care and learning disabilities services.

The anticipated refocusing of the Care UK portfolio is part of a strategic programme to enable the organisation to focus on the development of its market leading provision of primary and secondary NHS health services and on its development of residential care services, including its previously announced investment programme in newly built residential and nursing facilities, which is the largest such programme in the UK.

Mike Parish, Chief Executive, 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.”

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 will continue to develop services across both the health and social care sectors, reflecting the increasing move towards joined up commissioning and integrated service design. The organisation is the leading independent provider of elective surgery free at point of use for NHS patients through 10 NHS treatment centres, and is the largest independent provider of healthcare within the justice system, of out-of-hours GP services and the NHS 111 urgent care telephone service. 

Care UK’s programme of investment in modern residential and nursing care homes has created 18 new facilities over the past two and a half years, with at least 15 more over the coming three years.

Mike Parish said: “Our market leadership in the independent provision of NHS services alongside the most ambitious programme of new build residential care homes provides Care UK with an innovative and well-funded basis to continue to meet people’s needs and add value to customers of both health and social care. Care UK continues to have supportive shareholders who will continue to actively support its services and its growth and development strategy.

“We greatly appreciate the contribution of all colleagues within our mental health services and wish them well within Partnerships in Care.”