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Welshpool care home to be taken over by "new company"

Created on 15/09/2016 @ 16:03
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Welshpool’s Llys Hafren residential care home is to transfer from current operators Bupa into a new Powys County Council owned trading company.

The new company, to be owned by the council, will take over the running of the home and 11 others in Powys, in May next year.

Council-owned residential care homes have been run by Bupa Care Ltd for the past 15 years across Powys.

The contract with Bupa is due to expire in May 2017 following a one year extension.

“The decision to develop a local authority trading company has the potential to stabilise the current market and position itself as a driving force in the development of residential care services across Powys,” said a council statement.

Councillor Stephen Hayes, Cabinet Member for Adult Services said: “The decision to commission Bupa to deliver our residential care on our behalf was the right choice at the time, and they have successfully delivered a high level of care over this period of time.

“However the financial and demographic pressures alongside national and local policy drivers mean that the council’s current provision of residential and nursing care would not be sustainable in the future.

“The current model would not deliver the required levels of service within available resources.

“This option has considerable potential and is in line with the council’s commissioning approach and the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014.

“Retaining the current workforce is a high priority as the skills and experience of the highly trained staff will give a continuity of care and support for our residents in Powys.

“The council and senior managers from Bupa will work together to speak to staff, residents, families and carers about any issues or concerns they may have over the council’s decision in the coming months ahead.”

The full list of homes is:

Trenewydd, Brecon 
Cartref, Hay on Wye 
Greenhill, Crickhowell 
The Grove, Ystradgynlais 
Cartref Dyfi, Machynlleth 
Maes y Wennol, Llanidloes 
Llwyn Teg, Llanfyllin 
Llys Hafren, Welshpool 
Plas Cae Crwn, Newtown 
Prestmede, Presteigne 
Wylesfield, Llandrindod Wells 

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