A social enterprise, which provides NHS community health services across Norfolk and Waveney, has bought a local domiciliary care provider.

East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH), the Lowestoft-based social enterprise, has bought domiciliary care provider Cavell Healthcare.

The purchase will see all 85 full and part-time staff of Cavell Healthcare remain in their current roles.

With ECCH working alongside GP practices to treat patients in their own homes, it provides NHS services such as nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and specialist palliative care.

It also runs Beccles Intermediate Care Centre and Smokefree Norfolk.

Award-winning care provider Cavell Healthcare has been delivering domiciliary and live-in care throughout East Anglia for the past six years.

With offices in Norwich and Lowestoft, it has contracts to provide care for Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils as well as with private clients.

Lowestoft Journal: Cavell Healthcare managing director Gordon Anderson (left) and ECCH chief executive Ian Hutchison.Cavell Healthcare managing director Gordon Anderson (left) and ECCH chief executive Ian Hutchison. (Image: ECCH)

ECCH chief executive Ian Hutchison said: "We have been providing NHS services for 11 years in Norfolk and Suffolk with the aim of building healthier communities and investing our surplus resources to benefit the communities we serve.

"To help us achieve this, we have been looking at businesses which we feel fit with ECCH’s core purpose, and whose culture and values align closely to our own.

"The health and social care system is facing well documented challenges and we believe, working with the team at Cavell Healthcare, we can make a tangible difference – building on our strengths as an organisation and looking for areas where we can add value."

Cavell Healthcare’s managing director Gordon Anderson, who set up the business in 2016, will remain in post working alongside the ECCH Leadership Team.

He said: "This is a very exciting time for Cavell Healthcare.

"We have been very successful in recent years and this will enable us to build on the service we offer.

"We will be able to share our expertise in the domiciliary care market with ECCH and explore ways in which we can, in the future, provide a wider range of services for our clients and provide opportunities for staff to develop their skills."