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5. Four Seasons Health Care

Managing Director: Jim McCall

Employment: 4,710

Turnover: £97.1m

Pre-tax profit: n/a

Four Seasons Healthcare is the largest provider of nursing and residential care home services in the UK. It owns and operates over 500 care centres and nursing homes and employs over 21,000 people across the UK.

The Northern Ireland care division operates 75 care homes, including nine bought from the failed Southern Cross organisation, and provides nursing and residential care beds across the province with around 4,700 staff. The Northern Ireland division also manages eight homes in Wales, also rescued after Southern Cross's demise.

The majority of the company's care home portfolio provides permanent residence services for the frail and elderly but also includes convalescence and respite services. Many of the homes also provide specialist care and support services for people with learning difficulties, mental health problems, dementia and complex behaviours presentation, alcohol-related brain disorders and physical disabilities. It has also developed intermediate care service initiatives working in partnership with local hospitals.

Its employees include professional nurses, social care workers, administrative, catering and ancillary staff.

In July 2012 private equity firm Terra Firma took control of Four Seasons Heath Care from the various banks and financial institutions which owned it. The company said the takeover hasn’t changed the day-to-day running of its homes.

Looking ahead to 2015, Four Seasons plans to commission new-build facilities. It will also expand its facilities for people with dementia and alcohol-related brain disorders with new units expected to become operational in at the end of 2013 and 2014.

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