Kare Plus – just what the doctor ordered
As demand for its services increases, specialist nursing and domiciliary care franchise Kare Plus is offering the perfect prescription for franchise success
Fully accredited by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) and the only private care service provider in the franchising sector licensed to supply to the NHS, Kare Plus is perfectly placed to tap into NHS contracts worth an estimated £140 million over the coming years.
In addition, Managing Director Steve Welsh believes Kare Plus is proving increasingly attractive to those within the health service, who have a first-hand insight into the impact of the radical changes currently taking place.
“We are witnessing possibly the biggest reorganisation of the NHS in its history,” Steve states. “Changes driven by vastly increased demand on the service, long-term underfunding and an ageing population in need of care and support are resulting in exciting new opportunities for independent care providers like Kare Plus. Those already working in the sector have been quick to recognise this and have identified Kare Plus as a business model perfectly geared to benefit.”
Suki and Nav Samarai are prime examples. The husband and wife team have both enjoyed successful careers in the NHS over a number of years, but as Suki explains, Government cutbacks had culminated in pay rise freezes and a lack of opportunity to progress.
Initially, the couple considered investing in a nursing home, but the figures simply didn’t stack up according to Suki.
“We had previously invested in property and lost money, so we were super cautious,” he explains. “We decided the franchise route would be much safer and so we arranged to visit The National Franchise Exhibition in 2011 to take a closer look at what was on offer.”
Kare Plus captured their attention straight away.
“We liked the fact that the service was medical as well as domiciliary, it was an up and coming franchise and was one of the most affordable of the care franchises,” says Suki.
The Samarais met Managing Director Steve Welsh and were impressed to discover he had previously operated his own highly successful Kare Plus franchise and, therefore, understands the business issues from both sides of the fence.
“We also spoke to another Kare Plus franchise owner in Cheshire, who was incredibly enthusiastic and within six months of launching his business was absolutely flying,” Suki adds. “Eventually, we were sufficiently convinced that investing in a Kare Plus franchise was for us. Obtaining part funding from the bank proved to be no problem – it was very happy with our business plan and the Kare Plus model.
Over the following month or so, we set up our offices, completed our induction training and embarked on recruiting nurses and care staff, before approaching local nursing homes and hospitals where Kare Plus is already on the Preferred Supplier List (PSL).”
Suki speaks highly of the support provided by the Clinical Lead at Kare Plus, particularly in the area of recruitment, where high quality staff is key to securing new business and developing lucrative long-term contracts.
“The nursing homes we’ve already done business with are more than satisfied with our staff and our service, and we’re reaching our targets each week,” he concludes. “The next step is to obtain our CQC licence, then we can make a start on the domiciliary front.
“Although we’ve only been going a matter of a couple of months, we’re confident the business will succeed and have an experienced Care Manager lined up to join us as our first employee.”
Written by Megan Dunmore