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Report demands action on care of people with learning disabilities

Posted on November 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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NHS England has published an independent report into the future care of people with learning disabilities. Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of charity leaders body ACEVO, was asked by NHS England to work with stakeholders and make recommendations for the development of a national commissioning framework to address serious shortcomings in the provision of support for people with learning disabilities.

Sir Stephen chaired an independent group who developed the report, “Winterbourne View – Time for Change”, with guidance and expertise from healthcare professionals, the voluntary sector, local government and people with learning disabilities, their families and carers. Sir Stephen’s report makes a series of recommendations for the NHS, local government, regulators and the Government, that include a robust NHS commissioning framework to support people with learning disabilities and autism moving out of hospitals and into the community.

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CQC to publish information about the use of camera surveillance in care homes

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

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has agreed in principle to publish information for care providers, as well as for people who use services and their loved ones, about the use of covert or overt camera surveillance to monitor care.

Over the last year, CQC has sought views from people who use services, carers, providers, staff and other partners about the use of surveillance cameras. CQC’s Board members have approved the information to be included in the final documents but have asked that the information for the public be written in a more accessible way.

The CQC’s chief inspector of adult social care Andrea Sutcliffe said the information published for providers made clear the issues the CQC expects providers to take into account – for example, consulting with people using the services and staff – if they are considering installing hidden … Read More »


Care home staff asked to help protect antibiotics for future generations

Posted on November 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Care home staff have been called on to join the battle to protect antibiotics for future generations.

Care homes are being targeted during the campaign, led in Scotland by the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG), as older people are more vulnerable to infections, receive more antibiotics than younger people and are more likely to experience adverse effects from antibiotic treatment.

As part of the focus on care homes, a decision aid tool has been developed by SAPG in collaboration with the Care Inspectorate and care home provider organisations to support management of diarrhoea, including advice on Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), a potentially serious cause of diarrhoea.

The decision aid, together with “get well soon without antibiotics” posters and leaflets, will be sent out to care homes across Scotland. Annette Bruton, chief executive of the Care Inspectorate, said care homes had an … Read More »





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