Harrow Council takes over Sancroft Care Home with plans for extra places

Sancroft opening

Pictured: Mayor of Harrow Cllr Margaret Davine cuts the ribbon at Sancroft Care Home

  • Big savings as Council terminates PFI deal on facility

  • Sancroft looks after 50 elderly people, many with dementia

  • Refurb and extension to add 12 more residential places

  • Staff hail “best decision” as Council company takes control

Harrow Council this week won a victory for vulnerable people – and for taxpayers – as Mayor Margaret Davine re-launched the care home it brought back from PFI control.

Sancroft Care Home, in central Harrow, has beds for 50 elderly people, many with dementia. Outsourced in 1999, Harrow Council’s commercial services division saw a huge opportunity for its new trading company to step in, as demand for Sancroft’s Day Centre fell.

The deal was struck; the home handed back – and those Day Centre clients now happily attend nearby Kenmore. The space they used is being refurbished to hold the bedrooms, bathrooms and facilities for 12 more residential places at Sancroft. It all adds up to big savings and more places for some of Harrow’s most vulnerable residents.

Re-launching Sancroft, Council leader Sachin Shah said “This is a really good care home, matching up to anything the private sector has to offer, and I am delighted that we are making more places here for Harrow’s older people. They have worked hard their whole lives and they deserve this quality of care.

“We are here for the people and not for the profit – but I do want to say that this is a fantastic deal for all of Harrow’s people. We are proving every day that we can provide a better service at a better price than the private sector – and that is how we are balancing our budget in the face of the government’s cruel cutbacks.”

Sancroft manager Dorota Chrol said “Some of us have worked here since Sancroft was first built. Families trust in us to continue our good service with passion. We are confident that this is the best decision for the vulnerable adults that we have the great privilege and pleasure to look after. “

Attending the launch were Mayor Margaret Davine, who cut the ribbon, alongside council leader Cllr Sachin Shah, portfolio holder for adults and older people Cllr Simon Brown, Gareth Thomas MP, interim council chief executive Tom Whiting, Cllr Keith Ferry and Cllr Graham Henson.

The deal was made possible by Harrow Council’s new trading company, which was set up to help generate revenue for the council as funding from government declines. Sancroft is added to Harrow’s other trading businesses including lettings agency and a cookery school.