Home care provider City & County Healthcare Group has acquired ISS Healthcare, extending its operations in Birmingham and South Wales.

ISS provides care in the home from its two branches, in Torfaen, South Wales and Birmingham. The Torfaen branch was established in 2001, with the Birmingham branch following two years later.

It employs nearly 200 care staff, who provide a mixture of complex care, 24 hour care, elderly care and private care, supporting service users to live independently.

The Birmingham and Welsh branches will continue to be run by their existing managers, including Joanne Pickett in the Birmingham operation.

The acquisition continues City & County’s strong growth over the past four years.

The firm, which is now the fourth largest home care provider in the UK, now delivers 140,000 care hours each week, compared to around 30,000 in 2009,

Craig Rushton, group CEO of City & County, said: “The addition of ISS marks a significant step in City & County’s continued growth as it both extends our complex care offering and expands our geographic reach into Wales for the first time.

“ISS has built an outstanding reputation for the quality of its services, in line with our commitment to acquire only outstanding providers and we are delighted to welcome its experienced staff to our group.”