Salutem Care and Education is celebrating its fifth anniversary as a leading care provider for people living with complex physical and mental disabilities.
As part of our celebrations, we will be donating £2000 to five charities as chosen by staff: Mind, Mencap, Make a Wish UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Samaritans.
In 2017, Salutem, which operates 130 services across the UK, merged Modus Care, Clearwater Care, Pathways Care Group and Ambito Care and Education to create specialist care and education facilities to suit all requirements. It has also introduced 11 new services since 2019.
Part of the acquisition of Ambito care included former Scope services, comprising four education facilities, 30 care homes and 10 day services.
Over the past five years, Salutem has invested £13m to improve our services, including upgrades to IT infrastructure, development of the day and residential facilities, and the introduction of electric vehicles to our fleet.
A significant increase has come in the form of employee wage rises, which have increased on average by 50 per cent, from £14,356pa to £21,660pa. We have also offered career progression to many of our staff, who are being promoted through a structured leadership programme.
We have worked closely with the regulators within both adults and children’s services, and with the Welsh Inspectorate and schools and colleges regulators to ensure transparent and clear ways of working throughout the last five years. When inspected against national frameworks, 91 per cent of our CQC regulated services have been rated good or outstanding.
Throughout the pandemic, there was an additional requirement to care for and support incredibly vulnerable individuals and we invested £200k in PPE for staff. Salutem was also in a position to top up the pay of any extremely clinically vulnerable colleagues who were furloughed and forced to isolate to their full salary until they were able to return to work.
John Godden MBE, CEO of Salutem Care and Education, said: “The last five years have been an incredible journey for the team at Salutem, with the individuals we support and our amazing carers at the heart of everything we do.
“It’s no surprise that in the last two years alone, we’ve been nominated for almost 30 care sector awards, recognising the hard work and dedication our teams and services showed throughout the pandemic.
“We have come a long way since 2017, but through our values, our commitment to care, and our passion for sharing best practice, we have grown into an organisation I’m very proud to lead.
“We continue to face the challenges of a changing world of care and support by ensuring that our staff are the best we can be either through knowledge and practice development but most importantly by showing the Salutem values at all times.
“Our success over the past five years is testament to our employees at all levels, and I’m confident the next five years will bring more opportunities and accomplishments.
“Happy birthday Salutem!”