CCPS member Bield Housing and Care has announced its intention to withdraw from care home service provision. Bield says:
“It is with considerable regret that Bield Housing and Care announces the plan to withdraw all of its care homes across Scotland. This involves twelve care homes in seven Health and Social Care Partnership areas. This follows on from the closures of Carntyne Gardens and Munro Court that Bield had to instigate in 2015/16.
Although a very difficult decision, and a position of last resort, it is necessary to make these changes now, to ensure the future of Bield, both for its staff and for the thousands of people who use Bield’s services. These changes are necessary to secure the long-term future of Bield, as the financial, operating and regulatory environments consistently shift and create new pressures and challenges for the organisation. These demands are not unique to Bield. These pressures are a sector-wide problem and have been well documented across the UK through the national media. It is important to tackle these challenges now if Bield is to continue to provide quality housing and associated services for older people in Scotland.”
A meeting of the National Contingency Planning Group, established after the withdrawal of Southern Cross from care home provision in 2011, will meet later in October to consider the implications of Bield’s withdrawal. The role of the group is to respond to any negative impacts arising from the ongoing inspection of care homes, difficult economic climate or business failure of specific provider organisations. Membership of the group includes Scottish Government, COSLA, ADSW, the Care Inspectorate, NHS Scotland and Scotland Excel. Both Bield and CCPS will attend the meeting.