Job applications for social care have dropped off a cliff in the UK as the economy starts to open up, according to an operator. Groups in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Austria say they are still seeing a surge.
Despite emphatic denials from the company itself that it is for sale, multiple sources continue to tell HBI that DACH psychiatry and acute hospital group Ameos is in discussion with potential suitors and that documentation preparing for refinancing and/or sale has been drawn up. HBI speaks to an operator source, a consultant, and the company to find out more.
Pan-European nursing home group Orpea has acquired a training academy in Austria, HBI can reveal. It signals a new wave for the group, which tells HBI that it wants to be known in five to ten years as a school, alongside its care and property arms. It will use the licence to build a university campus, doubling the number of people trained locally, and then duplicate this model across all its markets.
Despite one of the panellists at HBI's DACH-State of the Regions broadcast last week labelling 2020 "the wildest year in recent history in the healthcare sector", there are lots of reasons to feel positive about Europe's German-speaking countries as we look towards the new year.
What does the non-profit hospital sector look like in West Europe and elsewhere? We are about to publish a special HBI Intelligence report, detailing market size and consolidation in eight countries, growth, potential privatisations and the expansion of US Academic Medical Centres abroad.
October was the second most active month for healthcare property investments to date this year, with three of Europe's largest specialist healthcare propcos, plus a fourth player, making six deals for a total of around €300-350m.