Newly appointed manager Melanie Marchant has revealed big plans for The Knoll Care Home in Tuffley, Gloucester. With almost 30 years’ experience in elderly care, Melanie plans to launch a new events programme for residents and the local community on top of improving the home’s already high standards of care.

A masters graduate has joined the team at Middleton Hall Retirement Village under a national fast track scheme designed to train the future leaders of the social care sector. Greg Whalen, 22, who graduated with an MSc Management master’s degree from Durham University this summer, is on a placement at the award-winning Middleton Hall Retirement Village at Middleton St George, near Darlington, as part of the Skills for Care graduate programme.

Newly appointed manager of the Brookdale Nursing Home in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, Jackie Huckvale, has promised to focus on care quality.

Gloucester-based Mears Group has appointed a new chairman as Bob Holt bows out. Mears, a provider of support services to the social housing and care sectors in the UK, has announced that Kieran Murphy will take over as a non-executive director and chairman.

The Randolph Hill Nursing Homes Group has announced two management team appointments. Hilary Forbes has been appointed manager of Fidra House in North Berwick, while Owen Edwards joins in the newly created role of Group Recruitment Manager.

A home care worker who stole three times a week from her employer for six months has been given a six-month curfew. Independent living officer Karen Ann Deighton, 51, spent the money she received from an elderly man on luxuries, said Martin Butterworth,prosecuting. She should have put it in the bank account of her employer Yorkshire Housing Association as payment for the jobs she did for the pensioner. But she kept it for herself. He paid her £18 an hour in cash three times a week for helping him with his cooking, cleaning and shopping, among other tasks. She continued her regular thefts from April until September until an operations manager carrying out an audit realised there had been no payments into the account for the elderly man. By then, she had taken £1,242. Deighton, of Middleham Avenue, off Huntington Road, York, pleaded guilty to theft. York magistrates made her subject to a 26-week nightly curfew from 9pm to 7am and ordered her to pay £1,007 compensation, £85 prosecution costs and an £85 statutory surcharge. The court heard she had already paid back £235.

Newcastle based housing and support provider, Tyne Housing, has recruited Steve McKinlay as chief executive, effective 1st January, 2019. He will be responsible for leading the company and delivering its new strategic priorities.

Cheshire-based housing association Halton Housing has brought on board Nicole Kershaw as its new chief operating officer.