NEWS HR

Custom Build Homes, the developer behind the delivery of ten customisable homes in Midlothian, has appointed Mario Wolf as its new director of planning & strategic engagement.

A woman in her 90s died a week after reportedly being assaulted at a care home with a walking stick. May Miller suffered a bleed to the head at Beech House residential home in Halesworth, Suffolk, on 9 February. She was taken to hospital but died a week later. Police are treating her death as “unexplained”. The Partnership in Care, which runs Beech House, said it was “extremely saddened and shocked by this tragedy”.

Kevin Scarlett, the chief executive of the River Clyde Homes Group, is to leave his post after seven years at the helm. Mr Scarlett is moving on in April to take up a new senior strategic housing role in England.

A care worker has been struck off from working in the sector after he manipulated an elderly lady into lending him £1000. David Ross was found to have “abused the trust and power” placed in his role after he manipulated a resident at Clyde Court Care Home by burdening her with his financial difficulties then asking her for a loan of £1000. Ross’ actions were clocked by care watchdogs before stood at the Social Services Council (SSSC) who detailed his misconduct at the care home.

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.