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The new manager of a care home in Barnt Green has shared her plans to build a dementia garden and launch a programme of community fundraising events. Caroline Youlden, who has more than 15 years’ experience caring for the elderly, has taken over as general manager at Redwood House Residential Home in Cherry Hill Road.

A man who has held a number of senior UK social services posts, including stints at Southampton and Cornwall Councils, has been appointed as the States’ interim director of community and adult services. Derek Law will form part of a new government department that is due to replace the current Health and Social Services Department. Mr Law will report to the interim head of the new Health and Community Services Department, Anthony McKeever, whose appointment on a six-month contract was announced in June.

The Shadow Board for the proposed merger of care and support services organisations Hanover and Anchor has been announced. The 10-member Shadow Board is made up of equal numbers from each organisation and would become the Board of Anchor Hanover Group if the merger goes ahead. The proposed members are: Mark Allan (Anchor); Nicola Bruce (Hanover); Julie Doyle (Hanover); Mike Green (Hanover); Richard Petty (Anchor); Richard Jones CBE (Anchor); Peter Hay CBE (Hanover); Alun Griffiths (Anchor); and Stephen Jack OBE (Anchor) (Shadow Board Vice-Chair).

The chief executive of Bromford housing association, Philippa Jones, is set to leave, the association has confirmed. The Midlands-based association yesterday completed the first of two planned mergers, with the smaller South West-based Merlin. Robert Nettleton, who was chief executive of Merlin, will take over at the merged organisation, which will manage 40,000 homes.

Kerry Dearden has been appointed as The Orders of St John Care Trust’s (OSJCT) first deputy chief executive.

A paramedic has been booted out of the profession for conning a female boxer into exposing her breasts during a pre-fight check. Paul Hardy, a former Northern Ireland Ambulance Service paramedic, asked the victim to remove her bra under the guise of carrying out “baseline observations” on April 16, 2016. A Health and Care Professionals Council tribunal hearing was told that despite the “obvious” discomfort of the woman – a health professional herself – Hardy had her expose her breasts for 30 to 45 seconds while carrying out a rib flex test. The “nervous” female boxer did not object to the bizarre examination and behaviour because she was keen to take part in the charity event and was under the impression the assessment was a requirement to do so. In attempting to justify his actions, Hardy told the tribunal he was assessing the woman for “chest asymmetry” and was being thorough in his examination because he wanted to improve safety in the “dangerous and unregulated” sport of charity boxing.

Healthcare intelligence provider Wilmington Healthcare, which incorporates HSJ, Binley’s, OnMedica and Wellards, has appointed Sue Plant as Commercial Director for MedTech.

Hardies Property & Construction Consultants has appointed its first head of service in its 105 year history with the appointment of Michael Creech as head of housing.