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Too much variation in care quality, says regulator

Posted on October 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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In its fifth annual report on the state of health and care services in England the Care Quality Commission says variation in the quality and safety of care in England is too wide and is unacceptable.

In releasing the report, CQC chief executive David Behan said findings from inspections over the last year had clearly shown there was too much variation in quality and safety between services and within services.

“People need to have confidence that they will get good care,” said Mr Behan.

“ Our role is to identify what works well and why, and what doesn’t work, and use this information to drive improvement and close the gap.

“We acknowledge the rising pressure on care services. Financial pressures are real but not unexpected, and yet we continue to see many examples of good and outstanding care even in financially challenged … Read More »


Plans to train the social care workforce in Wales

Posted on October 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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The Welsh Government has set out how a multi-million pound grant will be used to support the essential training of the social care workforce in Wales ahead of major legislative changes being introduced over the next three years.

A new Regulation and Inspection Bill, to be introduced in the National Assembly next year, will establish a National Institute for Care and Support to drive forward workforce improvement and development across the sector.

The new arrangements are designed to support essential training in the social care sector and ensure social care staff get the training they need, including training in relation to the Social Services and Well-Being (Wales) Act. The Social Care Workforce Development Programme (SCWDP) is worth £8.2m with local authorities contributing 30% match funding. The five priorities for the SCWDP grant in 2015-16 and 2016-17 will be:

To ensure staff … Read More »


CQC consults on next year’s registration fees

Posted on October 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published a consultation about the fees it proposes to charge care providers in 2015/16.

This year’s consultation, which runs until noon on 9th January, includes proposals to increase annual fees for all registered providers except for the dental sector and amend the fee scheme for independent healthcare providers whose fees increased due only to structural changes made in the 2013/14 fees scheme.

The regulator says that, with these increases included, health and care providers will still typically pay 1% or less of their income in fees to CQC. The impact of the proposed fee increase on a typical care home a would be £238.

CQC says the proposals in the consultation were developed with CQC’s Fees Advisory Panel, which includes representatives from the providers it regulates.

The consultation document can be accessed at: http://www.cqc.org.uk/organisations-we-regulate/registered-services/fees





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