Months after it was revealed that Nightingale House in Clapham and Hammerson House in Hampstead were discussing a potential merger, the organisations officially joined forces on Monday to become Nightingale Hammerson.
The move paves the way for the homes to share expertise and a common governance structure while maintaining their individual identities.
There will be no cuts in services at either site, but the uniting of some back office functions is expected to bring some cost savings.
While saying there would be some “financial benefits”, Harvey Rosenblatt, the chairman of Nightingale who will become the chairman of Nightingale Hammerson, said: “The primary motive behind the merger is one of sharing expertise between two care organisations whose common ethos places the utmost importance on providing the highest quality care for residents.
“Over the coming months and years, we will be sharing our expertise and evolving progressive new models of care and accommodation.”
Meanwhile, JAMI and Jewish Care have together created a single mental health service based in Golders Green, with the latter’s staff working in community-based mental health transferring over to JAMI.
A joint statement said the merged service would reduce the duplication of mental health services and “provide the opportunity to have a single strategy for mental health services helping to identify what the community needs, address gaps in the service and to plan for a better service”.
There is no intention to make redundancies as a direct result of the merger and staff from Jewish Care‘s residential services will not be affected.
Simon Morris, chief executive of Jewish Care, said: “Everyone involved agreed that the two organisations coming together to form one mental health service, and its potential to achieve much more than each organisation’s individual efforts, was extremely beneficial for our community.”
This deal, expected to take effect by September, will see finance and IT services shared to reduce costs.
But Laurie Rackind, chief executive of JAMI, said the merger was not driven by financial concerns. “Cost-savings may be a by-product but are not the intended outcome. However it is hoped that value for money will be improved, with more available for services and a reduced total spend on overheads.”
He added: “The merged service will allow JAMI to further its reputation as an outstanding organisation which will be of huge benefit to our community.”Learn more »