Recruitment problems lead to Four Seasons closures

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Difficulties in recruiting and retaining nurses and a high dependency on agency staff have resulted in the closure of two Four Seasons homes.

Woodcot Lodge in Gosport, Hampshire and Millbrow in Widnes, Cheshire are the latest in a string of loss-making or underperforming homes to be closed by the provider over the past 18 months as part of an estates review that is now in its final stages.

Regional Managing Director Martin Murphy said Woodcot had been forced into a “very high usage of temporary agency staff” of up to 600 hours a week.

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The home had also been operating well under capacity filling only 50 of 85 beds.

Fellow Regional Managing Director Rachael Junge also cited recruitment and retention of staff with the right level of skills and the high use of agency staff as a major factor in the closure of Millbrow.

Both homes are currently rated Requires Improvement by the CQC.

Figures released by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in July revealed 45% more UK registrants left the register than joined it over the last year (see Figures reveal drop in UK nurses).

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