Warwickshire County Council’s care homes for older people are to be transferred to new owners.
The move has ensured a future for the eight homes as well as attracting new investment at a time of significant financial pressure. Staff will also transfer meaning there will be no change for current residents who will continue to be cared for at the homes.
Following a rigorous tendering process, Runwood Homes were selected as the preferred bidder to run the council’s eight residential homes. Runwood will be investing an additional £360,000 in each home to improve and modernise the facilities.
Runwood will take full ownership of the council’s eight care homes with residents continuing their placements as before, and staff currently employed by the council transferring under TUPE regulations.
Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care at Warwickshire County Council, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure a future for the homes with Runwood, who have a strong track record in providing high quality care.”
“The wellbeing of residents is our main priority and we are pleased that that older people will continue to be served in their local communities by our dedicated staff. Throughout the process there was no doubt that there is overwhelming support for the service that our care home staff provides and I would like to thank them for their professionalism and support.”
Warwickshire County Council started an in depth consultation on the future of its residential care homes in July 2010. The move was driven by demographic and budgetary pressures, along with changes in the way that older people are choosing to live in later life.
The eight county council homes account for around 13%* of the older people’s care homes in Warwickshire and the council already commissions a large proportion of residential care from the external market.
Gordon Sanders, Chief Executive of Runwood Homes, said: “I am delighted that it has been confirmed that Runwood Homes will be working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council in the future. The county council homes have an excellent reputation and I am confident that the commitment to high standards will continue after transfer. The valuable skill and experience of the existing staff will be retained as they will transfer to Runwood Homes and deliver the same care.”
He added: “In addition Runwood Homes have pledged to invest an additional £360,000 in each home to improve and modernise the facilities as well as to increase the capacity by building additional beds. We want to ensure that the homes are best placed to meet the care needs of the people of Warwickshire”
Warwickshire County Council has included a requirement in the contract to ensure that the sites continue to be used for the long term care and support of older people. The council will continue to work with Runwood Homes after the formal transfer has taken place (expected in October) to meet the changing needs of Warwickshire’s older residents. This will form part of the council’s overall programme to improve choice and outcomes for older people, which not only includes specialist residential dementia and nursing care services but also those services which help people to remain healthy and independent for longer in their own homes such as reablement and telecare, as well as the development of Extra Care Housing.
All eight of the county council care homes will be transferred. They include
Bracebridge Court, Atherstone
Four Acres, Studley
Low Furlong, Shipston-on-Stour
Orchard Blythe, Coleshill