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The chief executive of the River Clyde Homes Group is to leave his post after seven years in charge. Kevin Scarlett is moving on in April to take up a new senior strategic housing role in England. The RCH Group Board will start the process of identifying a new CEO over the coming weeks.

Housing and social care provider Mears Group has launched an independent scrutiny board to be chaired by former Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) CEO, Terrie Alafat.

Several hospital staff have been suspended and a police investigation is under way into the alleged assault of a patient. Both East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust and Kent Police are probing the alleged assault on 15 December at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. The trust also runs the QEQM Hospital in Margate which has been criticised over a seven-day-old baby’s death. A coroner found Harry Richford’s death was “wholly avoidable” after failings. The trust said it had alerted police over the alleged assault of a man in December. A spokesman said it began an “investigation into an incident involving the care of a patient” following a concern raised by a member of staff. “We are treating this incident with the utmost seriousness and reported it to the police,” he added. “We also reported it to our regulators and are keeping the patient’s family informed of our investigation.

ANCHO housing association has welcomed six new members to its voluntary board. ANCHO, who also have a new Chairperson in Mary Black, recently completed a formal governance review and is celebrating a successful recruitment campaign which they say will bring extensive new skills to the board. ANCHO is part of the Cairn Housing Group, following a merger in November 2018 with more than 800 properties for social rent and provides factoring services to 200 owner occupiers with the majority in North Ayrshire. Steven Travers, Leanne Stirling, Kelly Arrol, Nigel Fortnum, Colin Love and Michael Donnelly are joining the ANCHO board and bring with them decades of collective experience in strategy development, property management, accountancy, digitisation, human resources, social enterprises and charity fundraising.

Heart of England Community Foundation appoints a new trustee ahead of its 25th year. Russell Bailey is currently a Regional Director at Faithful+Gould.

A nurse has been suspended for a year as she does not speak fluent English. Liliana Ardelean worked as a carer at Kineton Manor Nursing Home for two months from October 2018 after being employed through an agency. But staff at the home referred her to the Nursing and Midwife Council (NMC) after raising concerns about her language skills. Despite being a registered nurse she took a position as a carer with a view to improve her English while working, and to eventually hold a nursing role. But colleagues said her English was poor and residents often struggled to understand her, meaning she had to be accompanied by other carers who could ‘translate’ for her. She was also offered language classes by the manager which she did not undertake. Miss Ardelean later held positions at care homes Peaker Park in Market Harborough, and through Hallmark Care Homes – which has 18 sites including Anya Court in Rugby – but managers at both homes also said her language skills needed improvement. The NMC has suspended her from the nursing register for a year as she ‘does not have the necessary knowledge of English to practise safely and effectively.’ She must take an English Language Test to show she can fully use the language, something which Miss Ardelean admits she is not ready to do. A panel spokesman said: “UK nurses need to be able to communicate clearly in English in order to provide safe and effective care. “Miss Ardelean, with her current lack of knowledge of English, is liable in the future to put patients at unwarranted risk of harm and also bring the profession into disrepute.”

Four Seasons chairman Martin Healy has stood down following the unification of the care group’s brands. The move follows the unification of the Four Seasons and brighterkind businesses in December along with the handover of 44 care homes to rival operators.

The chairman of the governing board of an Elgin care home is stepping down after a five-year stint at the helm. Dr David Evans, who has led Anderson’s through turbulent times in the sector to a position of strength, described working with the home’s dedicated team as a privilege.