Balhousie Care team strengthened

FORFAR-BASED care provider, Balhousie Care Group, has strengthened its senior management team with three pivotal appointments, including two highly experienced specialists recruited from the care sector.

Sandra Ross has moved from Southern Cross Healthcare to join Balhousie Care Group as director of operations, while Stuart Storrie has been appointed to the newly created position of director of specialist care, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the NHS and local authorities.

Jennifer Gardner has also been appointed as group human resources manager.

Tony Banks, chairman of Forfar-based Balhousie Care Group, said he had been able to hand-pick the best people from the industry to underline its commitment to becoming the most admired and respected provider of residential care in Scotland.

“Sandra and Stuart’s appointments are a particular coup for us, coming from Southern Cross and the NHS, and we are delighted to have them and their years of direct experience and knowledge on board along with Jennifer, whose appointment is crucial to the continued expansion of the group, particularly as we know our strongest asset is our people.

“This is an exciting year for Balhousie Care Group, with several new homes opening and more in the pipeline so we will be recruiting a significant number of staff,” he said.

“We are in a position to provide care which sets new standards in quality, flexibility and resident welfare and our strengthened management team will play a very significant role in our development.

“I know they will have a very positive impact in continuing to drive Balhousie Care Group to the forefront of the care industry in the UK.”

Since the opening of the first home, Balhousie Lisden Care Home in Kirriemuir, the group has grown through acquisition and new builds to 21 homes, bringing the residential capacity to more than 800 residents.

New homes in Auchterarder and Coupar Angus are due to open in the next few weeks.

Last year, Balhousie Care Group announced another major investment programme that will help to increase its number of beds by 1,000 over the next four years, extend and upgrade facilities at seven existing homes and build 14 additional new homes.