Care home to get more staff

Coun Kath Rowson
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JOBS will be created rather than lost at a Blackpool nursing home taken over after a major care provider went under.

The future of Tudor Manor on Clifton Drive, South Shore, was under threat in July after its owner Southern Cross was wound up.

However, 250 of the firm’s 752 care homes were divided up and taken over by new operators, allaying concerns of residents who feared they would be out on the street.

Tudor Manor, whose residents include Blackpool Council’s Mayor Joan Greenhalgh, was given a lifeline when it was bought out by Court Cavendish.

The company has announced it is creating 200 new jobs across the country as it seeks to improve the care provided to their residents.

Although it has not yet been decided how many new positions will be needed at Tudor Manor, Waterloo ward Coun David O’Hara said it was a boost to the community.

He said: “It’s great news for the area and the takeover will make the home even better. They need more people to provide care and you can’t have enough of these care homes.

“This news will be a relief to the staff because their jobs have been saved.”

Southern Cross announced it was to shut down all 752 care homes in July when landlords running them said they wanted to leave.

The new positions are across the whole remit of social care and include quality assurance managers, service quality inspectors, learning and development specialists, operations directors, project and relief managers.

Coun O’Hara added: “This is excellent news with them bringing in extra jobs at a time when the Government is cutting spending and care homes are getting less money.

“Most of the other care homes will be struggling because they are not getting the same grant which is bad news for them to have to do the same job with less money.”

Coun Kath Rowson, Blackpool Council portfolio holder for old people’s welfare, said she was relieved the situation had reached a conclusion suitable for both parties.

She said: “The creation of any jobs is excellent news.

“We had received a letter from Court Cavendish saying they were hopefully going to keep all the jobs at Tudor Manor, and I’m pleased to hear that is the case.”

Chai Patel, Court Cavendish chairman, added: “From the outset we have been determined the success of the company will be measured by the quality of the care we provide for all residents.

“That is why we are recruiting these new positions and why we are inviting all those who are committed to high quality care and want to be part of a dynamic team to get in touch with us straight away.”

To apply for the jobs visit www.hc-onerecruitment.co.uk