More than 300 residential beds at 13 care homes across mid Wales will now be operated by a Welsh-headquartered health and social care provider, following a joint agreement with Powys County Council.
Shaw healthcare, which is based near Cardiff, will operate 12 local authority-owned care homes across the region – including in Newtown, Machynlleth and Ystradgynlais – from June 2019 until June 2022 with the option to extend until 2024. The provider will also jointly run an integrated care facility with Powys Teaching Health Board at Glan Irfon in Builth Wells.
Shaw healthcare was appointed after a competitive tender process, following the conclusion of a contract between the council and Bupa, which has run the homes for the last 20 years. Taking over the facilities will lead to a 20 per cent increase in the number of beds operated by Shaw, boosting its number of care services across the UK to 75, and see more than 400 employees transfer over to the firm.
Shaw has a long track record of working with local authorities, including the development of multi-million pound state-of-the-art facilities in Liverpool and Poole commencing in 2019.
Shaw will be working closely with Powys County Council, as well as Powys Teaching Health Board and Bupa over coming months to ensure the transfer is seamless for staff and all the residents of the homes.
Shaw healthcare’s commercial & development director, Geraint Evans, commented on the deal:
“We are extremely proud to be working with Powys County Council and look forward to delivering care to the residents of the homes. We have developed a number of local authority agreements over recent years, meaning we can provide the high standard of training for staff, as well the investment in facilities that Shaw prides itself on across the UK.
“As a company our brand values are wellness, happiness and kindness and we believe that this should be present in all we do. We believe that taking a person centred approach to care achieves the best outcomes and our goal is to deliver the type of care that we would want for our own loved ones.”
The Council’s portfolio holder for Adult Social Care, Councillor Stephen Hayes, added:
“We are very pleased to partner with Shaw healthcare, a Welsh-based company which is largely staff-owned. As a Council our priority is to ensure safe, high quality care and support for the residents of these homes and we are confident that Shaw healthcare will be a positive partner for Powys County Council and the Powys Teaching Health Board.”
Carol Shillabeer, Chief Executive of Powys Teaching Health Board, said:
“Ensuring that Glan Irfon is an effective reablement and rehabilitation setting for the people of Radnorshire and Powys as a whole is essential. Shaw healthcare demonstrated their eagerness to develop services, as well as utilising their experience in managing similar schemes elsewhere in order to ensure quality care.”