NHS Transfers Care Services To Housing Association

Bedfordshire-based MacIntyre Housing Association has taken over the management of eight small, staffed homes for people with learning disabilities from Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Primary Care Trust.

Sixty staff, who were previously employed by the NHS, have transferred to Turnstone Support as part of the new service known as Project ABODE.

Seven of the care home buildings were formerly owned by Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. The eighth building will continue to be leased from Guinness Housing Association.

The take over has been made possible owing to MacIntyre Housing Association’s partnership with voluntary sector provider, Turnstone Support.

Mike Colston, Buckinghamshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “This is wonderful news for these severely disabled clients who were previously inpatients of the NHS. After a lot of hard work between the Council, its Health partners, Turnstone Support and MacIntyre Housing Association, this transfer has taken place.

“I am delighted for them and their families, as it represents our commitment to protecting the vulnerable in our communities and providing the best care that we can.”