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Richard Hellewell is to retire from Royal Blind ahead of plans to increase staff number by 25% to cope with expansion to the west of Scotland.

Debra Gilderdale has been appointed director of operations and nursing at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.

A London housing association has appointed a former director of homelessness services as its interim chief executive. John Gregory has taken over from Mick Sweeney, who left the organisation after 30 years at the helm, on a temporary basis.

The Scottish Housing Regulator has appointed a manager and three new board members at Arklet Housing Association “as a matter of urgency”.

A care home manager allegedly shouted at a wheelchair-bound dementia victim, before shoving her into a room and blocking the door. Lisa Rodo, 46, who previously ran Rosehurst Care Home in Deal, also allegedly verbally abused a second dementia patient, calling him a “woman beater”. She pleaded not guilty to two counts of wilful neglect of a person without capacity at Folkestone Magistrates Court yesterday.

Churchill has appointed James Barnes as its regional managing director for the South West.

A hearing into charges against a former Bishopton-based secure unit worker is due to take place next week. Erika King is alleged to have committed a series of breaches between June 2010 to October 2013. The Scottish Social Services Council’s conduct sub-committee will meet to consider the allegations on Monday, February 6 and Tuesday, February 7.

Birmingham’s social services chief is to retire after 14 years with the city council. Strategic director Peter Hay has run social care services for the elderly and disabled since 2003 and has had two periods in charge of children’s services from 2003 to 2005 and since 2013. Mr Hay will step down as strategic director at the end of March and spend three months working on some specific research projects for the council before retiring in July.