In 2006 the Jersey-based Castle Holdings, a company backed by Lydian Capital, purchased Castlebeck from HG Capital, a Venture Capital transfer Vehicle for £255millon .
The sale earned HG Capital a £23.1 million fee.
£1 billion in fees were earned from just 5 healthcare sales in 18 months.
So much for our cash- strapped NHS.
Before the Panorama expose of the Winterbourne View abuse their owners Castlebeck’s finances were buoyant
Dispelling the myth that more money produces better care rather than more profit..
But in light of such shocking abuse something had to be done, so bulldozers were sent into Winterbourne View and televised .
Despite the Castlebeck’s then inevitable demise, an expensive business turn round specialist was sent in to restore its reputation, two units closed and 3 million spent refurbishing the other 20.
The Company had already undergone a significant refinancing process so that by 2011 its debts were £431m.
Which resulted in a take over by creditor banks led by RBS, administration of its assets and a sale of Castlebeck, as a going concern to the Danshell Group for just £35 million.
So, the only Corporate accountability for the horrific abuse of our most vulnerable for years was multi million pound asset stripping, a knock down cheap sale to another for profit private hospital group Danshell, and profits/fees for consultants, accountants, agents, administrators and lawyers.
So what is life like for Danshell ‘s ‘patients’ worth on average over £7,000 a week and up to £13,000 if housed a secure unit.
The Company hold these extremely lucrative commodities either under the MCA, in their ‘best interests’, or by MHA section for ‘treatment’.
Under the MCA unlike the MHA, parents can be excluded on ‘best interests’ grounds and gagged and need not be for MHA treatment subject to yearly review.
The LA commissioners and the CQC are the only oversight.
Yet both knew of Winterbourne View abuse for years and did nothing .
And the Courts will not intervene in care services.
So what do we know about the Danshell Group’s Services ?
Only what is in the internet .
There is only one Google review by Jacqueline Penaranda
‘every people here in this company is afraid’
No one has left a review at NHS Choices.
Workers Reviews are shown below;
I worked at The Danshell Group full-time (More than a year)
Gained invaluable experience whilst working there of working with young people with mental health issues.
Bad HR department – paid incorrectly on several occasions.
Understaffed majority of shifts with a high reliance on agency workers. Put support workers in dangerous positions with no support following incidents.
Advice to Management
Support current staff and work as a team to support the young people.
‘Mis-managed to point of being dangerous’
Support Worker (Former Employee) – Dundee – 11 November 2016
It was once a good workplace but has, in recent years, declined to low standards for the support workers reflected in its typically high turnover of staff.
This has hopefully changed for the better since I left.
lack of organisation, training & staff
The place like all work places has its good points and its bad , mostly good A Typical day at work was helping the clients with personal hygiene, grooming medication and giving them their food .
Management most of the time were helpful , co-workers were easy to get on with, friendly, we all worked as a team,
The paper work it was constantly getting changed, so what you were doing one moment in report wise could be totally different the next day , The most enjoyable part of the job was the interaction with the clients.
long hours, you had to stay on the premises during your breaks unless given permission by management, which meant you really did not get a brake from the place.
In 2014 Healthcare Improvement Scotland carried out spot-checks on Denshall’s Monroe House after anonymous complaints were made about the impact of low staffing levels, and procedures not being followed.
In 2015 two autistic residents from Danshell’s Wast Hills home, were abandoned in a van for over 2 hours until spotted and reported to the police who rescued them.
One of the men, Darren Browne had been moved to Wast Hills in 2008 – more than 300 miles from his home in Inchinnan – because experts said it was the only place available to deal with his needs and his father had campaigned tirelessly for his return.
Months earlier in the same home, nine members of staff had retrained a 20 year old autistic for 11 hours , and eventually on calling the police, he was restraint belted, spit hooded, handcuffed, caged and removed to a cell .
NHS Improvement insist Danshell produce their own Quality Reports below.
Let us remind ourselves of Winterbourne View and how these millions were made.