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A former pharmacist has taken over the operations of Caremark’s Norwich & Broadland branch. Gurpreet Singh is the new managing director of the franchise, and will be in charge of 40 care workers, who provide 1,000 hours of care per week to clients across Norwich and the surrounding areas.

Prestige Nursing + Care has partnered with Dementia UK to provide a specialist dementia nurse to support service users and their families. Based in Norfolk, Admiral Nurse Sue Jones will provide one-to-one support, practical advice and expert guidance to help local people face dementia with more confidence and less fear. She will train Prestige Nursing + Care staff and look at the company’s policies and procedures to ensure they reflect the needs, rights and wishes of people with dementia and their families.

Professor Stephen Hawking’s nurse has been struck off for failures over his care and financial misconduct. Patricia Dowdy, 61, who worked for the renowned scientist for 15 years, was handed an interim suspension in 2016, it emerged at the weekend. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has now found she did not “provide the standards of good, professional care we expect and Professor Hawking deserved”. Mrs Dowdy said she was upset and did not want to comment. The NMC made its decision to remove Mrs Dowdy, from Ipswich, from the nursing register at a private hearing in London. A fitness to practise panel said Mrs Dowdy’s behaviour amounted to financial misconduct, dishonesty, not providing appropriate care, failing to cooperate with the NMC and not having the correct qualifications. Matthew McClelland, director of fitness to practise, said: “As the public rightly expects, in serious cases such as this – where a nurse has failed in their duty of care and has not been able to give evidence to the panel that they have learned from their mistakes and be fit to practise – we will take action. “We have remained in close contact with the Hawking family throughout this case and I am grateful to them – as they approach the anniversary of Professor Hawking’s death – and others for sharing their concerns with us. A family spokesman said Prof Hawking’s family was “relieved this traumatic ordeal has now concluded and that as a result of the verdict, others will not have to go through what they suffered from this individual”. “They want to thank the NMC for their thorough investigation,” he added. Prof Hawking died at his home in Cambridge in March last year aged 76 having lived with motor neurone disease for more than 50 years.

Dan Blake has been appointed as the new operations director at Berwickshire Housing Association (BHA) with responsibility for the strategic delivery of all housing services and wider community initiatives.

The Property Managers Association Scotland (PMAS) has named managing director of James Gibb residential factors Nic Mayall as its new vice president by unanimous decision.

Kate Smith and Simon Glucina have joined the Anchor Hanover Executive Board.

NREP appoints Stefan Wallander as new CEO for its operations in Sweden. Wallander will now lead NREP through an expansive growth phase as the company plans on broadening both its business and areas of investment. Wallander is currently a Partner at the Stockholm office and has many years’ experience within various investment roles and other leading positions. He will take over the position from co-founder Rickard Dahlberg, who will continue to operate within NREP. Stefan Wallander has been working at NREP since 2016. He has 20 years’ experience in varying investment roles and over 10 years in leading positions, such as Head of M&A and Business Development at MTG within the Kinnevik Group. Wallander has also had a long career at leading investment banks, both in London and Stockholm, driving growth for European companies through M&A and strategic partnerships. The leadership handover in Sweden coincides with NREPs plans of broadening its business and areas of investment in the Swedish market. The main focus is on residential properties, properties for public use (primarily care homes) under the Altura brand, and logistics facilities under the Logicenters brand. NREP invests and develops both on their own as well as in various forms of cooperation with other leading developers. The company, which currently has a property portfolio of approximately €4 billion is one of the largest investors in the Nordic real estate market and has built one of the larger portfolios within modern logistics in the region.

Ruth Cooke, the former chief executive of Clarion Group, has landed a role on the board of one of the UK’s largest land and property regeneration companies. Ruth Cooke has joined Harworth Group’s board. Harworth owns around 21,500 acres on around 140 sites mainly in the North of England and the Midlands, with gross development value estimated at £2.4bn.