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NHS needs to work more closely with nursing homes, says RNHA in wake of National Audit Office report

Posted on May 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NHS needs to work more closely with nursing homes, says RNHA in wake of National Audit Office report

Nursing homes can play a key role in helping hospitals discharge older patients as soon as they no longer need acute treatment, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) said at the end of May.

Responding to a recent National Audit Office (NAO) report which calls for radical changes to help tackle delayed hospital discharges of older people to more appropriate care environments, RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell called on the NHS to work more systematically with the adult social care sector.

“By working together in a more co-ordinated manner than is generally the case right now, the NHS and social care would ensure a smooth, swift and efficient transfer of older people from hospital into more appropriate care environments,” he said.

“This would help prevent the daily and progressive loss of muscle function and mobility that inevitably occurs when a frail older person … Read More »


NICE issues draft guidance on hospital discharge into social care settings

Posted on May 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NICE issues draft guidance on hospital discharge into social care settings

A draft social care has been issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is open for consultation until Tuesday, May 17th.

The guidance, ‘Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs’, can be found at:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-qsd141/consultation/html-content-2


Dudley has already spent the 2% social care precept, says West Midlands Care Association

Posted on May 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Dudley has already spent the 2% social care precept, says West Midlands Care Association

Funds being raised by Dudley Council in the West Midlands to shore-up the costs of social care are being used to help balance the books on the previous year’s care overspend, according to the West Midlands care Association (WMCA).

Under Chancellor George Osborne’s plan to fund care sector needs, he sanctioned a 2% rise in council taxes during the Spending Review last November. But it emerged at an emergency members’ meeting of the WMCA, which represents private and charitable care providers, that the new monies will have no impact on the current industry crisis. Neither will there be any new monies generated for social care from Mr Osborne’s 2016 Budget proposals.

Hopes that the Chancellor would heed calls by the Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to bring forward £700m of social care funding were not realised and the WMCA says more … Read More »





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