Hotel chain Cairn Group diverts catering staff into care home kitchens

Ashton Court care home, Newcastle upon Tyne

Premium hotel and hospitality operator Cairn Group is redeploying some of its staff to help its care homes support residents during the Covid-19 crisis.

The group, which has 32 hotels across the UK, is redeploying some of its hospitality workforce to help its seven care homes in the north east and two in Scotland, which are run by sister companies.

Aran Handa, director at Cairn Group, said: “We are in unprecedented times and our whole workforce is pulling together to help each other out. Our hospitality teams are made up of some incredibly talented people from chefs to housekeepers, so our care home residents will be getting the very best service experience in our hotels.

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“This means our brilliant carers can spend more time looking after our residents and give them something to smile about at this difficult time.”

A hotel staff buddy scheme will boost its care home catering and cleaning teams by placing hotel workers into back-of-house roles, freeing up care workers to deliver hands on care support to residents.

The group is also hoping to share its hotel staff buddy scheme with other care groups across the UK.

It is able to offer out trained hotel staff to support other operators in the same way it is doing at its own care homes, and hopes this will also help to protect many hospitality jobs during the coming months.

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