HC-One has announced the sale of three homes in Teesside recently acquired from Bupa.
St Mark’s, St Mary’s and Westmoor View were among the 110 care homes transferred from Bupa to HC-One in December 2017 (see Bupa transfers 110 care homes to HC-One).
A spokesperson for the homes said: “After the complex acquisition of the former Bupa homes; we have taken the decision to sell St Mark’s, St Mary’s and Westmoor View Care Homes to an alternative care home operator.
“Following a comprehensive review of all of the care homes we acquired, we identified a small number where we felt that their long-term future would be better supported by a smaller operator.
“In the meantime, these homes will continue to receive investment and support to enable them to deliver the kindest possible care to residents in the same way that any of our homes would, including upcoming investment into Wi-Fi, ‘Touch’ learning and development programmes.
“Until we are satisfied that we have agreed the most appropriate model for each of these homes, they will fully remain part of our care home family and benefit from the very best care provision, and learning and development initiatives that we pride ourselves on.”
The Bupa transfer, which made HC-One the UK’s largest care home provider, has encountered a number of setbacks this year. CHP revealed in February that HC-One had dropped the takeover of 12 Bupa homes in Wales following complications (see HC-One drops ‘complex’ transfer of Bupa Powys homes).
In a further setback, the CQC found that the former Bupa run Woodlands View care home in Stevenage was not “consistently safe” a month before a fatal fire in February (see HC-One home was not “consistently safe” before fatal fire).
Another former Bupa home, St Christopher’s in Hatfield, meanwhile, was rated ‘requires improvement’ on its first inspection following its HC-One takeover in May (see Former Bupa home acquired by HC-One ‘requires improvement’).
In further news, the FT revealed this week that HC-One has been put up for sale for £1bn (see HC-One on sale for £1bn, news report).