Northamptonshire County Council has announced that it is taking over care delivery at four Shaw healthcare care homes.
The move comes two years after the council failed in a buy-out of the care home contract as part of a stabilisation plan after it fell into financial problems.
The four care homes – Turn Furlong in Northampton (pictured), Spinneyfields in Rushden, Thackley Green in Corby and Longlands in Daventry – were part of a 25-year contract with Shaw for the build and operation of specialist care centres.
Under the new contract, Shaw will only be responsible for the buildings with the council taking on the role of providing care and staffing for the remainder of the PFI which runs to 2029.
Northamptonshire County Council cabinet member for adult social care Councillor Ian Morris said: “Adult social care needs have changed significantly since the original contract was first agreed, and we have been looking at all options to find the best way forward so we are delighted to have been able to work collaboratively with Shaw to come to this agreement.
“Through this agreement we will have flexibility and control over how the four specialist care centres are used to meet the needs of local people and they will be a key part of how the new unitary councils support people requiring short-term care and support in Northamptonshire.”
Mike Smith, Chief Operating Officer, commented: “Shaw wishes Northamptonshire County Council and the residents of the services the very best and we will assist them in ensuring a smooth cross over. Our employees will be transitioning with the service so they can be assured of a consistent level of care with familiar faces.
“We have expressed previously that we are happy to be flexible in supporting the needs of the council and the people of the area. As well our previous amends we’ve made over the duration of our contract we hope that this is recognised as another example of how we have adapted to facilitate Northamptonshire’s changing needs.”