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New Care Association formed in West Yorkshire

Posted on September 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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A new association for independent care providers has been launched in West Yorkshire.

Czajka Care Group managing director Konrad Czajka is chairman of the new Bradford Care Association which aims to enhance the standard of care that people receive throughout the region, whilst offering support to care providers and giving the industry a voice on a national and regional level.

“The association aims to help care providers in Bradford and the surrounding area to give the best standard of care to each and every client,” said Mr Czajka.

“We hope to build the association into a substantial organisation which represents 90% of care homes and the majority of homecare providers in Bradford, but this cannot be done without the active support of as many members as possible. Membership is open to residential homes, nursing homes, and domiciliary care providers in the … Read More »


Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks sponsor ‘All Change’ conference

Posted on September 1st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks are the headline sponsor of the ‘All Change’ conference on November 19 which will examine the impact of the Care Quality Commission’s new regulatory powers.

Co-hosted by Lester Aldridge Solicitors and Caring Times, the conference in London will look at how tougher corporate accountability requirements and a ‘duty of candour’ will affect directors and senior management of care home provider groups.

Presenter, journalist and campaigner Esther Rantzen will chair the event at which Secretary of State for Health Jeremy Hunt will be the keynote speaker. Ms Rantzen will interview Andrea Sutcliffe, the chief inspector of adult social care at the Care Quality Commission.

Specialist care sector lawyer Peter Grose, of Lester Aldridge, will outline the regulatory changes, telling providers “everything you need to know and can’t afford to ignore” and Barchester Healthcare chief executive Dr Pete Calveley … Read More »


South Tyneside plans hub to provide integrated care

Posted on August 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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A £9m facility is to be built in South Tyneside, offering services for older people and their carers and families.

The ‘Integrated Care Services Hub’ will incorporate 80 beds, with around 30 older people living on the site and others accessing beds for short breaks when their carers are on holiday or before going back to live at home.

South Tyneside Council has awarded a contract for the facility to South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust which it says will be the biggest of its kind in the UK. It is expected that construction could start this winter.

The Integrated Care Services Hub will house a range of health and social care services providing support to service users and their families. The site earmarked for the development is at South Tyneside District Hospital although this is subject to planning permission.

A separate entrance … Read More »


Keeble calls for review of NHS continuing care assessment procedures

Posted on August 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Wide variations in the provision of NHS continuing care funding for people with dementia have been uncovered in a report by Sally Keeble, former MP and Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Northampton North.

Ms Keeble surveyed 162 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and found that there was a lack of funding for advocacy services to provide help and support for families applying for continuing healthcare support. Only four CCGs identified specific funding for advocacy. The role of family carers in the decision-making process was frequently unclear and training of assessors was variable, with six CCGs saying they did not provide any training.

The report calls for a review of how CCGs assess people for continuing healthcare funding to protect against a postcode lottery.

Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said families were often refused funding because their local CCG did not adhere … Read More »


Care home group builds for the future in Hampshire

Posted on August 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Hartwood Care Group is planning for a sustained period of growth after securing new banking facilities from Clydesdale Bank. Hartwood is a joint-venture between major care home provider Hartford Care, Cinnamon Care Capital and developers Highwood Group.

Hartwood has secured lending facilities of £5.2m from Clydesdale Bank’s Business and Private Banking Centre in London. The deal will contribute to the development of a 65-bed nursing home in Netley Abbey in Hampshire, due to be completed in spring 2015.

The home involves the refurbishment of the former Netley Court School and a new build and follows similar projects at Hartwood House in Lyndhurst last summer and Sunnybank in Fairoak this summer.

The latest deal was delivered by Clydesdale Bank’s regional business development manager, Alex Brown.

With origins dating back more than a century Hartford Care remains a family-owned business delivering residential, dementia, nursing, … Read More »


Annuity firm says councils stand to lose £1.58bn as more people deplete their wealth to cut care costs

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

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The proportion of people who would be happy to reduce their assets below the £23,250 threshold in order to ensure the state pays for the majority of their long-term care has almost doubled over the last year from 23% (2013) to 41% (2014), according to specialist insurer Partnership.

With an estimated 150,000 people entering care each year Partnership says councils could be shouldering up to an additional £1.58bn burden in England alone if all of those who say they intend to spend their wealth do so. Councils in the South East (£330m) and North West (£240m) are likely to be most impacted due to the relatively high number of care homes in these regions.

However, people in the East Midlands (53%) are most likely to say they would spend their wealth and fall back on the state for support. Thomas … Read More »


‘Postcode lottery by the back door’ risk for society’s most vulnerable

Posted on August 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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One of the UK’s biggest providers of social care services has warned that ambiguity in the rules and guidance included in the Care Act could undermine the Government’s desire to create a national set of care standards.

Home Group, which provides social care services to 30,000 people each year, believes that a lack of clarity around the terms used within the Care Act legislation could mean that some ill and vulnerable people with a major support need will no longer receive the care they need.

For an adult to meet the eligibility criteria, their needs must be caused by a physical impairment or illness, and they must be unable to achieve specified outcomes including carrying out ‘some or all’ basic care activities. Home Group wants the planned criterion for basic care needs to be altered to “one or more” basic … Read More »


Union calls on CQC to pull back on closure of two Kent care homes

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

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The GMB union wants the Care Quality Commission to hold-off on closing two care homes in Kent pending a full investigation.

GMB said previous CQC inspections stated that the two Orchard Care homes in Broadstairs in Kent offered a good standard of care and a decision to close the homes without explanation was an “insult to residents and staff”.

The Woodlands and Fairfield Manor care homes have been told by the CQC to close immediately. Fifty seven staff work at the two sites which up until recently cared for up to 59 residents. News that the CQC had issued a closure notice for Fairfield Manor emerged in mid-August. All staff were required to attend meetings the following week. GMB says its members have not been given reasons for the closures.

GMB senior officer Andy Prendergast said that, while all residents had … Read More »


We must commission for quality to avoid ‘sleepwalking into disaster’

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

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A social care leader has called for fundamental changes to tackle a dire shortage of nurses in Wales. The scarcity of medically trained staff is leading to nursing home closures which will push the NHS beyond breaking point, according to Care Forum Wales chairman Mario Kreft.

One of the major causes of the problem, says Mr Kreft, is the flawed way in which social care is commissioned.

“The commissioning process should be about quality and securing value for money and not about paying the lowest possible price,” said Mr Kreft, speaking after it was announced that two homes in the Bridgend area were closing. HC-One, which owns Abergarw Manor in Brynmenyn and Southmead Grange in South Cornelly, blamed “a national shortage of nursing staff” for the “very difficult decision”.

Mr Kreft said the closures were symptomatic of the problems affecting care … Read More »


RNHA says minister’s comments lack balance

Posted on August 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has accused care minister Norman Lamb MP of besmirching the reputation of care homes across the country with ill-chosen, over-generalised comments likely to create a negative impression of the quality of service they provide.

Responding to remarks attributed to Mr Lamb, who claimed that care homes can be ‘austere and alien’, RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said such a description clashed with the findings of a survey that asked care home residents what they thought of their care.

“Nearly nine out of ten (86%) of the sample interviewed told researchers that they had a say in arranging their own room,” said Mr Ursell.

“In addition, almost all of them (98%) said they felt comfortable and safe in their care home.

The survey, carried out by the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent … Read More »





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