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Department of Health Permanent Secretary visits MD Healthcare Care Homes

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Photo left to right: Mark McGuicken, Director of Disability and Older Peoples Services, (DoH), Pauline Shepherd, CEO (ihcp), Joanne Roy, Home Manager (MD Healthcare), Peter May, Permanent Secretary (DoH), Lesley Megarity, Executive Chair (MD Healthcare), David Doherty, Finance Director (MD Healthcare), and Heather Murray, Group Quality & Development Manager (MD Healthcare)

MD Healthcare senior management team welcomed newly appointed Peter May, Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health to the providers care homes on Thursday 18th August 2022.

The visit comes after Peter was appointed Permanent Secretary to the Department of Health in April 2022, taking over from Richard Pengelly.  Organised via the ihcp, MD Healthcare senior management team took the opportunity to discuss with Peter ongoing issues independent providers face within the health and social care sector including, staffing, fees, home occupancy and COVID support.  

Peter also met residents and staff at both Beverly Lodge and Hollybank Manor on a tour by Home Manager, Joanne Roy. 

Lesley Megarity, Executive Chair at MD Healthcare commented, “We are delighted to welcome Peter May in his new role to our care home and to have the time to discuss the urgent concerns within the social care sector.  We look forward to continuing to work with him and other Department officials as we emerge from Covid-19 and look to a future where the Health Service and Social Care can work collaboratively to achieve the best outcomes for the people of Northern Ireland”

Peter May Permanent Secretary Department of Health visiting Beverly Lodge Nursing Home
Peter May viewing the resident's gallery at Beverly Lodge Nursing Home.

Whilst at Beverly Lodge and Hollybank Manor, Peter launched the first edition of the Domestic Care Group’s Newsletter which will be published bi-annually via the group’s website sharing the positive news stories throughout the group.

Peter May, Permanent Secretary said: “Firstly, I want to pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of staff working in Beverly Lodge and Hollybank Manor. I am very aware that the past number of years have been very challenging for the team and for everyone in the care home sector.”

“I also want to thank Beverly Lodge for the invitation to visit today and for the opportunity to hear first-hand the issues facing the sector.”

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