Who We Are


HeadWindsCare is the new healthcare consultancy set up by Bryan Higgins.

Bryan has worked at ‘the business end’ of healthcare consultancy/advisory for the last 26 years as a regional bank manager for a healthcare specialist lender (five years), a senior healthcare management consultant (five years) and finally as the Healthcare Associate Director with the advisory firm, Grant Thornton (16 years).  Bryan has strong credentials having dealt with many assignments for high profile clients ranging from sole traders to PLCs presenting a range of financial, operational and management challenges in the elderly, living and children/special education sectors.

Since 1991 Bryan has been involved in over 2,000 care homes providing client solutions and his accumulated experience is probably among the most extensive of any professional healthcare advisor.

Bryan is confident he can bring valuable insight and outcomes to most situations that care operators face, because in the last 26 years he has:

  • Worked through a broad range of financial, management and operational projects
  • significant experience of:
    • business plans/fund raising
    • delivering performance improvements
    • compliance and governance
    • competition and place analytics
    • marketing
    • client/lender reporting and negotiations
    • care home management including: financials (fees, payroll, agency etc), clinical (care plans, regulator issues), operational (occupancy, HR, ‘back office’ commercial, project management etc)

HeadWindsCare is supported by a nursing team with relevant clinical and operational experience to provide a balanced suite of healthcare management services.

Bryan is also Chair of Glebe House, a learning disability charity based in Loughborough.


Headwinds is a financial term increasingly used to characterise businesses experiencing turbulence and uncertainty as a result of a variety of operational, financial and management problems, some expected and some not.

The UK social care sector is particularly prone to headwinds as a result of rising staff costs, Brexit uncertainty affecting staffing and increased regulation largely paid for by a post 2008 severely constrained public purse.