Thursday, 22 September 2011
A recruitment drive is being launched for staff for nearly 250 former Southern Cross care homes that have been rescued by a new property partnership.
Chai Patel, chairman of Court Cavendish, which has joined with property investment firm NHP to create an operating company called HC-One, has said they will be making some 400 new appointments at the homes and that their highest priority in all areas will be quality of care.
Mr Patel said that they had carefully devised the right structure and capital for HC-One, and called on the government to implement the recommendations of the Dilnot Commission, and reduce the amount of debt in the care sector.
"From the outset we have been determined that the success of the company will be measured by the quality of the care that we provide for all residents," he explained. "That is why we are recruiting for these positions and why we are inviting all those who are committed to high-quality care and want to be part of a dynamic team to get in touch with us straight away."
HC-One is expected to take control of the homes in November and will be recruiting for positions including quality assurance managers, service quality inspectors, learning and development specialists, operations directors, project managers and relief managers.
Geoff Newman who runs RecruitmentGenius.com, an e-recruitment company that places staff into the care sector said “This is excellent news for Southern Cross patients and staff who have been through a lot recently. I sincerely hope they [HC-One] are also considering how the care sector can reduce the structural employment problems such as lack of training and typically poor pay.”