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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA Media Release

UKHCA comment on Allied Healthcare - 16/11/2018

Allied Healthcare has today (16 November 2018) confirmed that it is actively exploring the sale or transition of care and support services on a regional or contract-by-contract basis to alternative homecare providers.

This move follows speculation in recent weeks about Allied Healthcare's continued access to funding, after the Care Quality Commission (CQC) issued a notification on 5 November, stating that they considered there to be "credible risk of service disruption" as they had not received "adequate assurance that the company has, or will have, the ongoing funding or new investment necessary to ensure the business can operate" beyond 30 November 2018.

UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"News that a substantial provider of State-funded homecare is selling or transferring services is a sad illustration of the consequences of a grossly underfunded sector, about which central and local government in all four UK-nations have been repeatedly warned.

"The priority for providers and councils working with Allied Healthcare throughout a sale or transfer must be that people who use home-based care continue to receive the support they rely on, with minimal disruption.

"We know that homecare providers across the country will use their best endeavours to take-on the services currently provided by Allied Healthcare. These providers will be making a significant contribution to their local community and the councils which have a statutory responsibility to meet people's social care needs. Providers willing to step-in will be careful to ensure that they can do so without taking risks with the quality and safety of their existing services, or their own financial viability."

"There are important considerations for our colleagues in local government to consider as a matter of urgency. Reasonable arrangements to contract with prospective providers must be put in place swiftly. Fees for these services need to be set at rates which are financially sustainable for both the short and longer term. The importance of this is particularly underlined by the immediate need to ensure that experienced, trained and committed members of the affected homecare workforce have certainty that their employment will be secure while they continue to support older and disabled people at home."

Ends.

Notes for editors

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,000 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

As a member-led professional association, UKHCA's mission is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

Allied Healthcare are not a member organisation of UKHCA and any specific enquires about their trading status should be addressed to pressoffice@alliedhealthcare.com, or 020 7183 0385.

The Care Quality Commission is the statutory regulator of social care in England, and operates a Market Oversight regime to assess the financial viability of England's largest social care providers, and those which are judged as particularly difficult to replace in the event of a provider failure.

For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy Director

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd

Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8188

Mobile: 07393 012 113

E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk

Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Twitter: @ukhca

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