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CQC says it will close failing care services

Posted on December 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Adult social care services in England that fail to improve within a year of being rated as Inadequate overall will face closure as part of the Care Quality Commission’s plans to tackle failing care.

The announcement followed a CQC board meeting in mid-December, in response to health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s request in July that the regulator develop a ‘special measures’ regime for adult social care in England. Since then, CQC says it has been developing what this could look like with people using services and their carers, providers and their representatives, commissioners, our staff and national partners.

CQC is now seeking further views from anyone who wishes to have their say on the latest special measures proposals before the final policy is published in March 2015. Chief inspector of adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe said the proposals set out CQC’s … Read More »


Government statistics confirm decline in spending on older people’s services

Posted on December 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Figures published by the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that local authorities spent £100m less on residential and nursing care in 2013/14 compared with 2012/13.

Older people’s charity Independent Age said the HSCIC’s figured showed the full extent of the cut in services over the last five years for older people.

“In real terms, councils are spending £1.3bn less on social care for the elderly, at a time when expenditure should have increased to reflect a growing ageing population,” said the charity.

“Cuts were made to essential community services such as meals and home adaptations, and charges for services increased. Even more worryingly, councils continue to force down the cost at which they buy care home ‎places, overall spending £100m less on residential and nursing care in 2013/14 compared with 2012/13, but at a risk of threatening the … Read More »


Care provider to issue ‘mini bonds’ to fund construction of care home in Bolton

Posted on December 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Specialist dementia care provider Woodlands Care Group is to market a corporate bond issue to raise the £3m finance required to develop a new residential care home.

The group, headquartered in Wigan, is currently constructing a new 55-bedroomed property in Westhoughton, Bolton, due for completion next summer. Founder Sam Lancaster said the scheme would provide people with “the opportunity to invest in secured bonds that yield an attractive rate of interest” for between three and five years.

“This investment opportunity is a positive and pro-active way for people to make a real difference by enabling us to be able to reach out and assist even more people living with dementia,” said Mr Lancaster.

“Our initial research has shown that the bond issue is likely to appeal to investors whose family or friends have been affected by dementia experiences. This presents a … Read More »





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