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Care UK offloads learning disabilities division

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Private provider Care UK has sold its learning disabilities services to Lifeways, an independent provider of specialist care.

Care UK, one of the country’s biggest independent providers of NHS care, works with approximately 1,000 people with learning disabilities.

The deal, signed for an undisclosed amount, forms part of a company strategy to concentrate on the provision primary and secondary NHS health services.

Earlier this month the company sold its mental health arm to Partnerships in Care, one of England’s largest independent mental health providers, as part of the service shake-up.

The divestments form part of an ongoing “strategic review process”, which also aims to find a buyer for the company’s domiciliary care services.

Care UK chief executive Mike Parish said: “By focusing our strategy and investment we are able to enhance our market leading services to meet the needs of our customers, patients and service users.

“I consider Care UK’s learning disability services to be among the best in the country for personalisation and quality and our teams will contribute hugely to Lifeways’ continuing success.”

A company spokeswoman said that service users and commissioners should not see any changes in services.

She added that staff are expected to transfer to Lifeways on their existing contract terms and conditions.

Lifeways offers specialist support to approximately 4,750 people with complex care needs.

Paul Marriner, group chief executive of Lifeways, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the acquisition of the learning disability division of Care UK.

“We look forward to welcoming the Care UK learning disabilities team into the Lifeways Group,” he said. “We will continue to provide high quality, person-centred services to the individuals they support, their families, and commissioners.”

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  • People with Learning Disability need decent care and are sometimes given too little resources by the government.
    I hope Lifeways walk the walk not just talk the talk.

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