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RNHA calls on candidates to sign-up to social care pledges

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

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Candidates of all the political parties contesting the 2015 general election have been called on by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) to sign up to five pledges on the care of older people.

The RNHA believes the level of priority politicians give to the country’s older citizens says a lot about the kind of society we live in. It wants candidates who succeed in the election to pursue the pledges whether they are in government or in opposition. In essence, the RNHA is asking new MPs to:

1. Make sure there are enough nursing homes in the country to meet the needs of older people who need 24-hour care by qualified nurses;

2. Involve care providers and service users in planning services for the post-war baby boomer bulge in the over-80s that will come in the 2030s;

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Pilot course in care catering qualification

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

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A course in professional catering and cookery for the health and social care sector is being piloted at Barnet and Southgate College in North London.

The NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care Catering is described as the first professional qualification for the sector. A result of collaboration between the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), and Barnet and Southgate College, the 20-week pilot course and qualification aims to address the absence of a recognised formal professional catering qualification dedicated to the health and social care sector.

NACC national chair Neel Radia said the course upholds a joint commitment to continuously improve the quality and standard of food in health and social care settings, and to position catering in this specific field as a viable and progressive career choice.

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CQC adopts 9% increase in registration fees

Posted on March 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Following a 9% increase for 2015/16, care homes will have to pay considerably more in registration fees from April.

The Care Quality Commission announced the increase in late March, following a public consultation last year and approval from the Secretary of State for Health. In the announcement, CQC gave the example a care home with 21 to 25 beds, which would have to pay an increase of £238.

The regulator said it would publish a calculator on its website in April to help providers work out their exact fees for 2015/16, alongside detailed fees guidance.

In the summer, CQC will introduce the option for providers to pay by instalments and by direct debit, to help them manage their cash flows.





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