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We need to champion the role of social care providers, says Care England chief

Posted on May 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on We need to champion the role of social care providers, says Care England chief

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As Prime Minister David Cameron re-shuffled his Cabinet, Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the new administration provided as good an opportunity as ever to ensure that social care was given the attention it deserves, saying that social care underfunding could no longer remain off limits.

“We welcome the new Government but, given the precarious state of health and social care, it needs to remember that we will judge them on their performance,” said Prof. Green.

“There has been too much of a chasm between the rhetoric of integrated care and the reality of a social care system that is undervalued and underfunded. What we need is a change in culture that recognises the value of social care. These are exciting times and it is also time for action.

“The social care sector has borne the brunt of much … Read More »


King’s Fund to host conference on enhanced health in care homes

Posted on May 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on King’s Fund to host conference on enhanced health in care homes

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A conference hosted by The King’s Fund will look at ways to reduce hospital bed use and improve quality of life for people living in care homes.

Speakers will examine how the NHS could work in partnership with providers and commissioners of adult social care to develop integrated systems of shared care and support. Enhanced health in care homes: developing integrated care – what role do care homes play? will take place on Thursday, 2nd July at The King’s Fund in central London.

With the Care Act now in force, and enhanced health in care homes included as a new model in the NHS five year forward view, the King’s Fund says this is a timely conference that will look at how local areas can join up services for people living in care homes.

Delegates will hear from the following key … Read More »


More than half of councils unable to meet all requests for care

Posted on May 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on More than half of councils unable to meet all requests for care

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Almost half councils in the UK (48%) are unable to provide care for everyone who requests it at the first point of asking, according to research conducted by the nursing and care staff agency Prestige Nursing + Care.

Freedom of Information requests submitted to 103 UK councils for the period 1st – 31st January 2015 showed that almost half of Councils were unable to find a care provider to cover all care requests. The number of unfilled hours ranged from 21 hours to 4,124 over the month. The average number of hours not placed at the first point of asking across all councils was 582 per month – equivalent to the hours worked by five additional care workers. When assessing just those councils where not all care was immediately placed, this rose to an average of 1,221 hours per … Read More »





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