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Welsh Company Opens First Council-Built Care Home in Liverpool

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Cardiff—headquartered Shaw healthcare will run the first Liverpool City Council-commissioned care home to be built in more than 25 years, following a new, state-of-the-art facility officially opening its doors last month.

The £8 million Brushwood, in the Speke area of Liverpool, is part of a commitment by the Liverpool City Council to meet the rising demand for dementia care services. Brushwood has 60 beds, 48 of them for long term care, including nursing and general residential care, and the remaining dozen for assessment.

A second care home, Millvena House, is also due to open in Liverpool next month, with care at both centres being provided by Shaw healthcare, after the company was selected as the preferred provider following a competitive tender process.

The majority employee-owned company has signed up to the Liverpool Social Value Charter, is paying its workforce in the city above the national living wage and has provided specialist training in safeguarding and dementia awareness to all staff.

Partnerships with local colleges and training organisations have enabled the firm to recruit around 80 percent of the staff from the local area, while almost a quarter were unemployed prior to joining the team.

Geraint Evans, Commercial & Development Director for Shaw healthcare commented:

“We are extremely proud to be working with Liverpool County Council and its contractors, Willmott Dixon, and look forward to delivering high-quality, specialist and sustainable care services to the residents of Brushwood. The facility provides state of the art accommodation and our team has been through an industry-leading training programme, all of which will help us to ensure that residents enjoy the best possible quality of life.

“As a company, our values are Wellness, Happiness and Kindness and we believe that this should be present in all we do. The team at Brushwood will take a person-centred approach to care to achieve the best outcomes for residents. Our goal is to deliver the type of care that we would want for our own loved ones.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:

“We have already invested heavily in creating new social care hubs across the city in recent years, but our increasing elderly population means that we are facing a significant challenge in ensuring that there is sufficient capacity within our social care system to meet the needs of people with dementia and other long-term care needs.