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Directors disqualified for diverting council funds


Bosses of two care homes in the Midlands have been disqualified from being company directors after they diverted council funds before abandoning elderly residents and staff. Husband and wife, Darren and Emma Lloyd


have been banned for a total of eight-and-a- half years while Darren Lloyd’s brother, Adrian Lloyd, has been disqualified for five years. The case relates to The Homestead in


Stourbridge –now known as Prestwood Lodge (pictured) –and Knoll House in Penn near Wolverhampton owned by Elysian Care, which ran into financial difficulty. In a statement, the UK government’s


Insolvency Service said Darren, Adrian, Emma Lloyd abandoned the two care homes, which led to Wolverhampton, Dudley and Staffordshire County councils stepping in to make emergency payments to ensure resident care.


“Darren Lloyd instructed a member of staff


to provide new bank details to the local authority responsible for paying the fees of some of the residents of Knoll House,” the Insolvency Service added. “The local authority, however, was not


informed that the bank account they were paying into was in the name of Darren Lloyd. “In total, more than £500,000 of resident’s


fees provided by the local authority between September 2012 and October 2014 was paid into Darren Lloyd’s personal bank account. “More than £290,000 of that amount has not been accounted for nor has it been explained whether it was spent on the running of Elysian Care or the care homes’ elderly residents.” The trio contested the proceedings for over


three years but elected to accept disqualification undertakings before their trial was due.


Four Seasons to offload 58 homes to rival providers


Four Seasons Health Care has agreed to transfer two portfolios of properties consisting of 58 operating care homes and specialist units to rival providers. Administrators have been appointed to manage the transfer of the portfolios, which also included 10 closed homes and specialist units.


All of the homes are situated in


properties leased from two landlords, one of which is Hollyblue, a company connected to US hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management. “We aim to achieve the orderly


migration of these homes and specialist units to new operators as part of our ongoing work around our leasehold estate,” said Four Seasons Health Care chairman Allan Hayward. “Our top priority is to maintain


continuity of care for our residents and patients by minimising the impact on them, their families and our colleagues and we are working closely with the regulators, new operators and the landlords to achieve this,” he added. Six of the homes, which are located in


Wiltshire, Bristol, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, are being taken over by Healthcare Homes. “We are pleased to become the new


nominated provider of these six established homes and will work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the transition is seamless,” said Healthcare Homes chief executive Gordon Cochrane. “The investment in the homes brings


positive stability to residents and staff, while also delivering on our growth ambitions,” he added.


Qualifications in Activity Provision


It is increasingly recognised that Activity Provision can make a signifi cant contribution to well-being and quality of life, and the Care Sector reports a need for specialist training for their staff in this area. NAPA is delighted to offer two courses that meet the needs of the specialist activity workforce.


NAPA off ers: Level 2 Award in Supporting Activity Provision in Social Care (QCF) accredited by OCN London


This knowledge only course is provided through distance learning with telephone tutor support.


Level 3 Certifi cate in Activity Provision in Social Care (QCF) accredited by OCN London This higher level course is knowledge and competence based. The student will be supported throughout this distance learning course to research the assignments, write narrative comparisons and evaluate their day to day work.


For further information please visit our website www.napa-activities.co.uk


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I have grown in confidence through the NAPA course.


The course has certainly made a difference to the


provision in our home.


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