Sovereign builds on Christchurch care platform with Woodlands bolt-on


Christchurch Group, a provider of residential care for adults with brain injuries backed by UK mid-market buy and build specialist Sovereign Capital, has bought York-based respite care provider Woodlands MS Society Respite Care Centre.

Christchurch provides specialist residential care for adults with an acquired brain injury (ABI).

The Woodlands facility has been acquired from the MS Society as the organisation has moved away from the direct provision of respite care.

Since acquisition, Woodlands continues to provide respite care for full-time carers of individuals with multiple sclerosis and the site has been reconfigured to operate as a full-service neuro-rehabilitation centre providing long-term care for patients.

This extends the range of services that the business currently offers and also provides it with a northern base from which it can expand further.

This new acquisition follows on from the opening of the group’s latest facility in Bedford in addition to the development of transitional living facilities in Northampton, the latter of which enables service users to benefit from Christchurch’s care pathway.

“Christchurch Group has developed an excellent reputation for its specialist ABI care provision, and this acquisition has enabled the business to both widen its care offering into neuro rehabilitation, and expand its geographic reach in northern England,” said Sovereign partner Dominic Dalli.

An estimated 135,000 people are admitted to a hospital each year as a consequence of a brain injury in the UK, often due to road traffic accidents and assaults.

The resulting damage to the brain alters an individual’s physical, mental and psychological capabilities.

To manage this range of complications, care at Christchurch is initially provided on a one-to-one basis, but as residents make positive progress on their pathway back towards independent living, the number of care hours are varied accordingly.

Sovereign Capital is also in the process of expanding portfolio business IMS Group, which earlier this year bought IMS Consulting US – the company’s third bolt-on deal in 15 months.

The purchase is indicative of the continued upward surge in bolt-ons over the past year, which have more than doubled since the Eurozone crisis while other types of transaction have slumped.

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