The industry's main function is to provide intensive residential care for those with mental illness, learning disabilities or substance abuse problems. Treating these conditions requires specialised and expensive staff that are scrutinised by the industry watchdog the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Strict standards must be met in all aspects of service and facility offerings.
Current conditions are driving unprecedented demand for the industry's services. The ageing of the UK population has resulted in degenerative mental health conditions like dementia and Alzheimer's disease becoming more prevalent.
Operators in this industry provide residential care for people with learning disabilities, mental illness or substance abuse problems. They provide room, board, protective supervision and counselling with some health care. The industry excludes mental hospitals and social work activities like homeless shelters. It also does not include licensed hospital care.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.