A Northern Irish domiciliary care provider has outlined plans to create 200 jobs after acquiring a controlling stake in Dublin counterpart Home Care Plus.
Belfast-based Connected Health said the new posts will be created over the next 12 months across Southern Ireland with the help of a finance boost from Ulster Bank.
Connected Health chief executive Douglas Adams said the investment in Home Care Plus will usher in a new era of cross-border collaboration.
HomeCare Plus currently employs 160 people, but its numbers are set to more than double over the next year.
“Domiciliary care is the foundation of any successful healthcare system. Ours is an ageing population and one that is only expected to grow,” said Adams.
“With that comes greater strain and pressure on our health care institutions. Underpinning any robust health service is the provision of quality domiciliary, palliative and acute care delivered within the community.”
Michael Harty, founder of Home Care Plus, added: “We expect Connected Health’s in-depth sector knowledge, experienced management team and financial clout will enable us to take full advantage of the opportunities in the Irish homecare market.”
Gemma Jordan, senior relationship manager for commercial banking NI at Ulster Bank, noted that the investment is the “latest in a series of significant developments for [Connected Health] and one that will position it as an all-island service provider”.
“The two companies share the same core values and are well embedded in their own respective markets to work collaboratively to set a benchmark for care provision,” she added.
Caption: (L-R) Ryan Williams, director at Connected Health; Gemma Jordan, senior relationship manager, Commercial Banking NI at Ulster Bank; and Connected Health CEO Douglas Adams.