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5 Ways Brexit Could Effect Social Care…

Recent weeks have certainly been eventful for the UK in many ways, with the care industry featuring high on the list of hot topics.

Whilst it is too early to say what effect the referendum will have on the Care Industry, there is no doubt the vote for Brexit is having a huge effect on the UK’s currency and economy. Whilst this may or may not be a short term ‘knee jerk’ reaction by the markets we must be aware of and be preparing for the long term impacts of the Brexit on one of the country’s largest industries, the ‘Social Care Sector’.

1) Staffing

Brexit could potentially have a huge impact on this area, over 55000 of the NHS’s 1.3million staff members and 80000+ of the Adult Social Care workers are not UK born and hail from other EU countries.  Post Brexit these workers may be forced to return to their home nations leaving the UK with a massive staffing shortage with vacancy rates reported to be already at 5.4%.

The government will need to urgently clarify its position on EU national’s ability to work in the UK in the years after Brexit.  If not, the Care Sector will experience severe staffing shortages with major impacts on the Industries ability to provide the required high levels of care for our elderly.

2) Funding & Finance

The vote Leave campaign have been arguing that the EU was costing the UK £350 million per week, money they said could be pumped into the Care Sector and in particular the NHS.  Whilst the leading figures in the Leave campaign have moved to distance themselves from these claims post referendum there may well be additional funds allocated to boost the sector that would have otherwise gone to the EU.

3)  Government Policy Changes

During the pre-referendum campaign the chancellor said that if the UK were to vote for Brexit there would need to be further cuts to public spending.  Whilst these cuts may or may not happen the adult social care sector cannot afford to suffer any more cuts to already over stretched budgets.  Consequences of further cuts would likely include increased home closures and further cuts to vital NHS budgets both of which will have huge knock-on effects for the wider industry and its ability to cope with the demands placed upon it.

4) European Research and New Treatments

The EU has a vast system for surveillance and providing early warning of diseases including the rapid sharing of information and expertise in response to potential pandemics - will the UK still be part of this vital early warning system?

The EU has also been able to access and draw together talent and funding for significant scientific research into new drugs and treatment methods, something which no single nation would have been able to undertake independently, indeed according to the EU the UK itself has been the recipient of 8.8 Billion Euros for research and development. This kind of cooperation and flow of research funding and talent is vital and could be severely hampered by Brexit until new agreements can be established.

5)  Economic Devaluation

A number of industries have been effected by the economic and financial instability post the referendum result.  Continued uncertainty could effect the number of care homes being built across the UK with the obvious knock on effect of reduced care places and additional strain on home care services.

The devaluation of the British Pound will have continued effects for organisations who currently do and are looking to procure from abroad and in particular the European Union with prices likely to rise on a number of care critical products placing further strain on the finances of care institutions.


Whilst there is no doubt that the result of the referendum has left the UK in a state of uncertainty there is no way to tell the long term effect leaving Europe on the economy.  The issues identified in this article are just a small selection of the questions that remain unanswered and only time will prove how much or how little the result will have on the economy.

Furniture Factory Summer Closure and a Special Offer

Pre-warning for all customers that our furniture factory is on shutdown from the 18th to 29th July for summer maintenance meaning the lead times for the bedroom furniture sets will be a little more extended.  

The good news is though that you can still get your bedroom furniture before the closure sets in if you order before Wednesday 6 July 2016 and to make it even better we have some great special deals on at the moment including a bedroom furniture set for only £299.00 + VAT delivered ready assembled.

Call 01423 331000 to reserve your manufacturing slot and ensure your pre shutdown delivery today...

Stock Take Pre-Warning

ANDWAY STOCK TAKE 24th and 25th June 2016

On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June all staff at Andway Healthcare will be engaged with our annual stock check.  Whilst our telephone lines and emails will remain open during this period there may be some delays to deliveries.  This will particularly affect orders taken on Friday 24th and those scheduled for delivery on Monday 27th June 2016.

We will do all we can to ensure that out valued clients are not inconvenienced during this time please do bear with us whilst we carry out this important task

Simplify staff training and make real savings with the revolutionary Actichem cleaning system...

Simplify your staff training on cleaning with Actichem

Andway Healthcare are proud to be the sole distributors of Actichem, a simple, no-nonsense range of cleaning products designed to minimise your stocking, streamline your range for more effective cleaning, make staff training as simple as possible and save you £1000's per annum.

Actichem Simplifies Staff Training:

  • Colour-coded labels and liquids, in line with common European systems
  • European cleaners will recognise each product’s area of use from its colour code, simplifying training.
  • Extensive use of EU-recognised pictogram's on labels - Overcomes any potential language barrier when training non-English speaking staff
  • Multi-lingual pictogram guides - available on request in most European languages as an additional training aid.

A 38 Bed Care Home could save at least 50% savings per month on Housekeeping chemicals.

Start making savings today get your Actichem Starter Kit by calling 01423 331000 now or click here to order online!!

''Hack away at the inessentials.'' Bruce Lee

Great Client Feedback Received Today

We got some fantastic feedback from one of our longstanding clients today that we though we should share, here you go:

''We get calls all the time from other companies wanting our business but I tell them that we would not even consider looking at prices because the customer service we get currently is priceless''

This speaks for itself so there is nothing else to say other than - if you want to experience the same service levels just call 01423 331000 now.

Have a great day.

It's Half Day Today

Today is training day meaning we will be closing at 2:30pm until Friday morning.  Call 01423 331000 or email help@andwayhealthcare.org.uk with your orders or enquiries.

As always we look forward to hearing from you.

Half Day Close - Pre Warning

On Thursday 5th May 2016 all members of staff at Andway Healthcare Ltd will be involved in training meaning we will be closing at 2:30pm.  All orders for Friday 6th delivery will be required by midday on May 5th.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and we can assure you that this training will enable us to continue to improve our levels of service and products going forward.

We will of course do our best to accomodate any urgent requests as we normally would.

Thank you in anticipation

The Customer Service Team...

Actichem is Live!! The Big Cleaning Revolution.

It's finally here, the moment we have been waiting for Actichem is officially launched and available to purchase online or via the telephone.

Get your 1 Month Starter Kit by CLICKING HERE

Or view the full range by CLICKING HERE

Don't miss out on this opportunity to make some massive savings on the monthly cleaning product costs, it could be as much as 50% per month!

These fantastic new products have been on trial in some homes for the past couple of months and the feedback so far is fantastic, the good news is now that the product range is live you can get in on the act as well, here’s the link for the starter kit again.  GET A STARTER KIT

Here's a few additional benefits of this range:

Training literature in multiple languages

Free onsite demonstrations

Chemicals have secured stringent BSEN1276 pass certificates

Used by some of the UK's best known corporations including Virgin Gyms, Jamie Oliver Restaurants and Marks & Spencer’s

Free support literature

And much more... call 01423 331000 to speak to one of our product specialists now.



NEW Product Launch - Coming This Week

A revolution is about to start, we are about to release the biggest change in care home cleaning this century.

We are bringing costs down yet again and its all happening on Wednesday 20th April 2016.

Stay tuned to this blog and www.andwayhealthcare.com to ensure you don't miss out.

The New National Living Wage

With the introduction of the national living wage many care homes have been hit hard.  We understand what this means to care home owners and how much effect it could really have.  At Andway we strive each day to help each one of our customers save as much money as possible, thats why we have been working hard to pull together a fantastic new range of cleaning products that could cut the annual cleaning budget for the average care home by a huge 50%.

Look out for the launch of this new product range coming in the next few days.  We will be contacting as many of our current clients in relation to this new product range shortly but if you want to jump the queue all you have to do is call us on 01423 331000 or email help@andwayhealthcare.org.uk.

Don't miss out!!