Liverpool City Council built the Brushwood and Millvina House facilities to provide quality, purpose-built residential care homes, and agreed to rent them out to Shaw Healthcare. Liverpool City Council does not run these care homes.
Unfortunately, Shaw Healthcare has given the council provisional notice that they have decided to cease operating the care homes, and end the rental agreement, at the end of October 2020.
Given Liverpool City Council’s desire to keep the facilities in use for social care, it has invited other companies to submit expressions of interest for the buildings.
These submissions offer several potential solutions that are being evaluated and considered, hopefully with a decision to be made in the coming weeks.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “I gave approval for these facilities to be built because we wanted the best provision for the people of this city, especially those with complex needs. I was so proud to have opened the buildings last year and I was equally devastated when told the news that the operator wanted to cease operating the service.
“Despite the Prime Minister’s claim he had an oven-ready solution for the care sector and repeated promises by Government to do everything it takes, the care sector is still reeling from the impact of Covid-19 on social care, in particular residential care homes.
“Against this difficult backdrop, we have been talking to Shaw Healthcare and other providers to see if we can avoid closure and keep the residents in their homes and the workforce in their jobs.
“I am working really hard with my team to find a solution. On this basis, I ask families not to look for alternative provision and for staff to stay where they are, while I try to find a solution.”