Care home management change

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EIGHT of several dozen care homes in South Yorkshire belonging to collapsed firm Southern Cross are being transferred to a series of other operators at the end of the week.

On Friday, Silver Lodge in Chapeltown is being taken over by Bondcare.

The same day, Healthcare Holdings will take on Chapel Lodge, Chapeltown; Dalewood View, Woodseats; and Haythorne Place, Shiregreen.

Ladyfield House, Kiveton Park, and Laureate Court, Wellgate, Rotherham, are being taken over by London and Regional, while Murdock Nursing will run Heeley Bank home, Heeley, and Swallow Wood, Mexborough, is to be managed by Prestbury.

Rob English, of Southern Cross Healthcare, said: “In total, 288 of our 752 homes will transfer to their new operators on September 30 with the balance of homes expected to follow at the end of October.”

The GMB trade union, representing staff at the homes, said: “Local councils and the Care Quality Commission have a duty to assess the fitness of operators to run these homes.”

Eddie Sherwood, Sheffield Council’s director of care and support, said: “The national regulator, the Care Quality Commission, has the overall responsibility for registering new management of homes and needs to be satisfied that the management are fit to run them.

“As we purchase care from the homes, we have also been working very closely with CQC to ensure a smooth transfer.”