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Christie & Co


We are the UK’s most active adviser to the care sector, providing market-leading, innovative advice to clients for 80 years. Last year, we were involved in 64 percent of all reported individual transactions in the sector.

Our professional expertise in consultancy, advisory and brokerage services, combined with our international infrastructure and local knowledge, makes us the trusted adviser to this specialist market. We cover the entire healthcare sector from long-term elderly and specialist care to childcare and education.

Funding, staffing & bed blocking

Following on from reports over the previous two years, our latest report surveyed every local authority and over 200 leading operators across elderly and specialist care in the UK in order to understand the ongoing, as well as new issues, faced by the care sector.  The research shows that the nursing crisis in the UK has reached new heights; funding and staffing remain the two most critical issues for policy makers, and the need for a sustainable long term solution has never been so crucial.

Funding, staffing & bottom line

From an operator survey covering nearly 200 operators (expanded this year to include specialist providers) and 152 local authorities in England as well as authorities in Scotland and Northern Ireland, this report provides answers to the key questions in the market. We providing an update on current nurse shortages and policy chances since our 2015 research, the impact of the National Living Wage and fee rate rises and overall conclusions also including reflections on the impact of the Brexit vote. 

The UK nursing workforce

Christie + Co’s consultancy team has conducted a survey of the largest nursing home operators on their use of agency staff and the effects on overall staff costs.

We establish the true extent of the nursing staff shortage analysing data from multiple sources.


Michael Hodges

Head of Consultancy
- Care

T: 020 7227 0766
M: 07764 241 300


Richard Lunn

Director Care

T: 020 7227 0716
M: 07768 646 989 

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