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Update on Allied Healthcare

Published:
5 November 2018

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said: "Allied Healthcare announced its intention to apply for a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) in April this year to restructure its debts.

"Through CQC’s Market Oversight function, we have been closely monitoring the situation and assessing the future viability of the company’s plans to determine whether continuity of care can be maintained for people who are receiving home care services from this provider.

"Allied Healthcare has been able to confirm funding until 30 November 2018. However, we have not received adequate assurance that the company has, or will have, the ongoing funding or new investment necessary to ensure the business can operate beyond this date. We have encouraged Allied Healthcare to provide us with a realistic financially backed plan to support the future sustainability of the business, and given them every opportunity to do so, but they have failed to provide adequate assurance regarding future funding.

"It is now CQC’s legal duty to notify those local authorities where Allied Healthcare is contracted to deliver home care services, that we consider there to be a credible risk of service disruption. We are doing this now to give local authorities as much time as possible to plan for maintaining continuity of care for people relying upon services from this provider, should this be required. Local authorities have a statutory duty to ensure continuity of care for everyone using an adult social care service in the event that it ceases to operate.

"On Monday 5 November, we wrote directly to all 84 local authorities affected to advise them of this situation.

"I understand this is a very unsettling time for everyone who uses Allied Healthcare’s services, their families and loved ones, and staff. We will continue to work closely with Allied Healthcare and all of our partners – the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), the Local Government Association (LGA), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and NHS England (NHSE) so they can inform the organisations responsible for commissioning people’s care – to make sure appropriate action is being taken in the interests of people’s continuity of care if this proves necessary. It is of course possible that the company is able to avoid service disruption, and if that is the case, we will revise our position accordingly."

See the local authorities affected

Barnet London Borough Council
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Bedford Borough Council
Birmingham City Council
Borough of Lambeth Council
Borough of Poole
Bournemouth Borough Council
Bracknell Forest Borough Council
Brighton and Hove City Council
Buckinghamshire County Council
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Cambridgeshire County Council
Central Bedfordshire Council
Cheshire East Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council
City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council
Cornwall Council
Coventry City Council
Derby City Council
Derbyshire County Council
Devon County Council
Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
Dorset County Council
East Riding of Yorkshire Council
East Sussex County Council
Essex County Council
Halton Borough Council
Hampshire County Council
Hertfordshire County Council
Islington Social Services
Kent County Council
Kingston upon Hull City Council
Kirklees Metropolitan Council
Lancashire County Council
Leeds City Council
Leicestershire County Council
Lincolnshire County Council
London Borough of Brent
London Borough of Croydon
London Borough of Ealing
London Borough of Havering
London Borough of Merton
London Borough of Southwark
Luton Borough Council
Middlesbrough Borough Council
Milton Keynes Council
Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council
Norfolk County Council
North Lincolnshire Council
North Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council
North Yorkshire County Council
Northamptonshire County Council
Nottingham City Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
Peterborough City Council
Plymouth City Council
Portsmouth City Council
Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council
Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Council
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
Shropshire Council
Somerset County Council
South Gloucestershire Council
South Tyneside MBC
Southampton City Council
St Helens Council
Staffordshire County Council
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
Suffolk County Council
Sunderland City Council
Surrey County Council
Telford & Wrekin Council
The London Borough of Hillingdon
Thurrock Borough Council
Trafford Council
Wandsworth Borough Council
Warrington Borough Council
West Berkshire Council
West Sussex County Council
Wigan Council
Wiltshire Council
Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council
Worcestershire County Council

Last updated:
6 November 2018