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The wonderful people who support the RCPA…

VAT Solutions

“At a time when our sector needs to optimise its financial position, I would encourage any care provider, no matter what size operation they have, to consider the benefits and efficiencies which the Vat Solutions ‘Contract Restructuring’ service has to offer.”
Ian Jarvis (Finance Director)

About VAT Solutions…
VAT Solutions are indirect tax specialists who have worked almost exclusively in the care sector since 2004, covering the full spectrum of care provision – from learning disability and children’s services, to elderly, nursing and residential. We have a unique combination of in-depth VAT and sector knowledge, dealing not only with HMRC on a daily basis (our technical team largely consists of ex HMRC inspectors), but also holding strong working relationships with the relevant contacts at local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and health trusts (NI) throughout the UK . Our contacts and experience, combined with our tailored approach (we recognise that every care setting and service provision is unique) allow us to offer an unrivalled level of service and understanding.

Group VAT Registration/’Contract Restructuring’ – Our Opportunity to Care Operators…
The subject of VAT in the care sector could not be more pertinent than at this time, with recent Government treatment of VAT on PPE serving to highlight the issue further. A positive VAT strategy for operators, often overlooked or dismissed as irrelevant by the sector, and including the potential offered through ‘Group VAT Registration/’Contract Restructuring’, provides many operators with an as yet unexplored key to financial sustainability and future growth.

Contact us to discuss your particular provision: Clare Newboult ([email protected])


Today’s increasingly complex and diverse risk environment makes it challenging for care businesses to deliver a quality service whilst being commercially viable. Howden understands the regulatory environment and the compliance challenges you face and can help you to prepare for the unexpected. Our products have been developed around the specific needs of care providers. With Howden by your side, you will receive the independent advice and choice so that you can feel confident you have the protection you need when it matters the most, whilst getting value for money. We pride ourselves in offering much more than just insurance. We provide additional value through insurance support, a friendly and efficient service and industry insight.

For more information please contact Charlotte Rawsthorne at [email protected] or on 0117 205 1850

Royds Withy King

We advise all types of care organisations including nursing and residential homes, hospices, homecare agencies, and supported living and extra care services. We act for both small operators and larger organisations. We know that one size doesn’t fit all and tailor our approach accordingly.

Our package of services includes:

We offer RCPA members a free health-check of your employment contracts and service user contracts.

For more information please contact:

James Sage – Partner, Head of Health & Social Care at [email protected] or on 01225 730231

Hazel Phillips – Partner, Head of Health & Social Care at [email protected] or on 01225 730166

Marr Procurement

We are a small procurement consultancy, unique in that we focus exclusively on the care sector and we have an experienced team with strong values. Our operating model consists of 3 steps: we Find savings, Get savings & Keep savings; this is underpinned by a team with deep sector & supplier knowledge.

For more information contact Christoph Marr on 01206 382888 or at [email protected]


apetito are the leading experts in serving nutritious, delicious care home meals for older people. We help care homes overcome their catering challenges by reducing catering costs, guaranteeing delicious nutritious food and improving residents dining experience.

Our meals that are packed with quality, nutritious ingredients are created by our in-house chefs and dietitians to guarantee that they are as delicious as they are nourishing. With over 200 dishes to choose from we can cater for every taste, dietary and cultural need of your residents. We are particularly proud of our Queens Award winning range of Texture Modified meals, that have been developed in line with IDDSI standards. These meals look and taste as appetising as the original dish. Our meals ensure that the focus is off the diners’ dietary differences and instead placed back on the pleasure of residents dining together at the table.

We are proud to be more than just a food provider; with every care home partnering with us receiving a dedicated Account Manager who will tailor the partnership to fit with your needs, offering support whenever is it needed. Your Account Manager will offer training as well as help you create bespoke menus that match your resident’s needs. With so many tasty dishes to choose from you don’t need to worry about menu fatigue.

To find out more about apetito and how we can help you overcome catering challenges, visit our website or email us at [email protected].

WPA (Western Provident Association)

WPA (Western Provident Association) are an ethical, specialist health insurer with origins back to 1901.

We are not motivated by profit, but by fulfilling our purpose to provide our members with access to the best healthcare available in the UK.

With a UK Head Office in Taunton, Somerset, WPA prides itself on its industry reputation for customer service, delivered locally and personally to you by an experienced Healthcare Partner, Philip Arnold.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, WPA remains the only medical insurer to have reflected lower claims rates (much of the bed capacity within the private sector was allocated to the NHS) by rebating premiums to all of its customers.

We recognise that employers within the care sector continue to face many challenges not least in their duty of care to their staff, recognising in particular the need to provide easy access to mental health and wellbeing support.

WPA can help. Our innovative NHS Top-Up plan offers low cost but highly valued benefits towards the cost of everyday medical expenses such as dental treatment, optical charges, therapies, NHS car parking etc.

Most importantly, whichever level of cover your chose for your staff (monthly premiums start from as low as £5.05) each employee gains access to a number of vital Remote Services, available 24/7:

Employee Assistance Programme – health and wellbeing helpline including telephone/face to face counselling services

Remote GP – members can book telephone or video consultations at a time to suit them. Family members can also use the service. There is not limit to the number of consultations you can have.

Philip is happy to talk to you about your own business and how WPA can assist, without obligation – his advice is free.

Philip may be contacted via:

Phone – 07824 326225

Email – [email protected]

Become a Partner

If you are interested in partnering with RCPA please drop us an email at
[email protected] or call us on 01823 351630