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Apr 14th, 2014 - Appointment of Chief Executive Officer of The Huntercombe Group

The Huntercombe Group, one of the UK's leading specialist healthcare providers, has appointed Valerie Michie as Chief Executive Officer. She is currently Managing Director of Serco Health.

She has successfully achieved a turnaround in business performance and plotted significant growth for Serco in the UK, Middle East and Australia, by following her underlying belief in improving quality and enhancing the patient experience.

The Huntercombe Group is the specialist care business of Four Seasons Health Care, the UK's largest independent elderly and specialist care provider, which is owned by Terra Firma, a leading private equity firm. Huntercombe has 60 hospitals and specialist units providing care, treatment and rehabilitation services in areas of mental health and brain injury.

Valerie Michie has previously held senior management positions at Serco Integrated Services, Alfred McAlpine Business Services and KPMG consulting. She is a board member of HealthcareUK and the chair of the CBI health committee. She is expected to take up her appointment with The Huntercombe Group in the summer.

Valerie Michie said: "There is nothing more important to me than improving the lives of the people that we serve and supporting our staff to give of their best. I am excited to be joining the Huntercombe Group team and look forward to contributing to its ongoing success story. Huntercombe's reputation is founded on clinical excellence and innovation and I will continue to hold those attributes dear."

Ian Smith, Chairman and interim Group CEO of Four Seasons Health Care, said: "Valerie has a successful track record in the health sector and in leading businesses providing critical services that people rely on. Over the past several years Huntercombe has trebled in size and has achieved a well-deserved reputation as one of the UK's leading specialist healthcare providers. Valerie will bring valuable expertise to our Group and I look forward to working with her."

Guy Hands, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Terra Firma, said: "We are delighted to welcome Valerie as the CEO of The Huntercombe Group. Her expertise will be invaluable in building the business through clinical excellence and innovation to deliver the best outcomes for patients and value for the commissioners of healthcare services."

Further information
Four Seasons: Robert Mitchell, Tel 07976 51483; email:
Terra Firma: Ryan O’Keeffe, Tel 07887 834 651; email

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17 Dec 2017

Residents, relatives, the care team and local community have all been helping get Riverside View Care Home in Darlington in the festive spirit.

Claire Westmorland, Home Manager, said: “Firstly we want to thank the local Co-Op who raised a lovely £180 for our resident’s fund. This will go towards our Christmas entertainment. On behalf of everyone in the home I want to thank Co-Op for their kind donation.”

Christmas has definitely hit the home, as they all got ready for their Christmas raffle. Complete with their very own naughty elf.

Claire added: “I want to thank everyone who donated to our raffle. The monies raised will go towards providing special experiences for our residents over the festive period. Merry Christmas from everyone at Riverside View.”

Are you looking for a care home in Darlington? Riverside View Care Home provides support for residential care, dementia care, respite care, end of life/palliative care and intermediate care.


16 Dec 2017

The team at Laurels Lodge Care Home in Woodside pulled out all the stops last week as they took part in Laurels Lodge has got talent.

It was an afternoon full of fun and laughter and the team were up for the challenge and showcased their talents amazingly.

Children from Donbank Nursery also joined the residents that day and they got involved and joined in dancing to the birdie song with the Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader. Relatives who came also joined in the dance and had a fun afternoon.

May Duncan said “this is great”! as she danced the birdie song.

Other relatives such as Lorna Graham and Irene Sivewright commented on how good the show was.

The headline acts included:

  • Linda Mason (Deputy Manager) and Lynn Smith (Home Administrator) - ABBA
  • Morag Leslie (SNCA) & Jenny Watt (Care Assistant) – as Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
  • Rhodora Antiojo (Staff Nurse), Felix Mahinay (Care Assistant), Ewa Misztal (Care Assistant) & Arlene McGillivray (Care Assistant) as the Village People danced the YMCA music
  • Nomeda Jackstienne (Cook) as Madonna
  • Jolanta Nieckarz as Lady Gaga
  • Marlene Smith (PAL) dressed up as Chicken
  • Sheila Gesma (Home Manager) as the DJ

Marlene Smith, Personal Activities Leader, said: “The whole show was fabulous! The teachers from Donbank Nursery said to me that what we did was fantastic and they were very happy that the kids thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Sheila our manager was our DJ. It was also great to see relatives participating; it was indeed an afternoon full of fun and entertainment!”

Are you looking for a care home in Woodside? Laurels Lodge Care Home offers support for dementia care, nursing care and respite care.


16 Dec 2017

The Rookery Care Home has been fundraising to get some new activity equipment to provide special experiences for those in their care.

Susan Dyke, a member of the team made a big sacrifice and as a result raised over £400 for the cause.

Gail Llewelyn, Home Manager, said: “Sue decided she’s cut her hair off for the cause. She used to have hair that would rival Rapunzel and had never been to a hairdresser, so to have it cut off into a pixie style was a big deal for her. On behalf of everyone at The Rookery I want to say thank you!”

Are you looking for a care home in Ebbw Vale? The Rookery Care Home offers support for dementia care.


15 Dec 2017

The team at The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home in Mansfield celebrated a huge 120 years’ worth of experience last week, as 5 team members received long service awards.

Karen Gilbert, Home Manager presented the7 team members with their Long Service Certificates and gifts as a thank you for their continued dedication and hard work.

Karen said: “It was a pleasure presenting the team with their awards. I want to say massive congratulations to them all for their continued dedication and hard work. They’re all thought of very highly here in the Sycamore and Poplars by the rest of the team, the residents and their relatives.”

Are you looking for a care home in Mansfield? The Sycamore and Poplars Care Home offers support for all types of care including residential care, dementia care, nursing care, respite care and end of life/palliative care.

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