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An article published in the Health Service Journal in late February suggests that the Government will ask the Care Quality Commission to oversee use of additional funds for care, expected to be announced in the March budget.
Although a government source is reported to have said the plans were ‘speculation’, several sources with knowledge of the plans said talks were taking place between the Treasury, Department of Health and the CQC.
Sources with knowledge of the talks are reported to have said the CQC would be tasked by ministers with inspecting how councils use the money. The intention is to provide assurance to the Treasury that the money will deliver measurable improvements – both for social care users, and to the NHS, by helping to reduce delayed transfers out of hospital. The plans are expected to be announced when the Government delivers … Read More »
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Despite increased media attention, social care remains a low priority issue in the mind of the general public.
Last week, in the latest ‘Issues Index’ published by IpsosMori and the Economist, British people ranked social care and an ageing population ninth in their list of concerns, overshadowed by Brexit, immigration, the economy, housing, unemployment, education, poverty and inequality.
Concern about the NHS came top of the poll, so are we to conclude that wider society is content for the needs of the relatively few elderly people who cannot pay their own way to be ignored, provided that we have a sufficiency of A&Es and maternity units?
I think that’s how government sees it; that spernding more public money on social care to reduce ‘bed blocking’ may not be a panacea for the NHS and that asset-poor elderly people … Read More »
Despite increasing media attention social care ranks only as the ninth matter for concern in people’s minds, according to the latest Ipsos MORI/Economist Issues Index.
The poll shows increasing public concern with the NHS, with almost half (49%) of the British public considering it to be one of the biggest issues facing Britain. Concern has risen nine percentage points since December, and is now at the highest level recorded since April 2003.
After the NHS the public rank the following as issues of major concern (in descending priority):
Ageing population/social care
Care providers’ association Care England has responded to CQC’s latest consultation on its next phase of regulation – Annexe B on Learning Disability services – warning that services should be registered on the prospective outcomes that they will achieve for people, not simply on their size.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said his members were concerned by the real life application of the current guidance that states that CQC will only register units of six beds or fewer will not offer genuine choice.
“The ‘six bed rule’ seems to be the primary, and in some cases, the only factor in deciding if registration will be granted,” said Prof. Green.
“This is contrary to the need to look at a range of factors to determine what is suitable for people living in the community and will work counter to the establishment of suitable … Read More »
By guest blogger JEF SMITH
In the unlikely event of the queen’s ever asking me, “And what do you do?”, I will have a problem; I can’t bring myself to use the word “retired”.
Retirement reeks of the now largely discredited disengagement theory, which argued that ageing was an inevitable, mutual withdrawal leading to decreasing interaction with others. That’s not at all how I feel. I used to make a joke of it by saying I was ‘re-tyred’, my engine refurbished, ready to fire on all cylinders, but it came to sound a bit forced. These days I tend to fall back on, “I’ve stopped full time work”, but that defines me by what I used to do, not what I am. “Pensioner” is of course even worse; surely I’m more than simply a recipient of unearned income. But what are … Read More »
Marie Curie has launched a free online resource for health and social care professionals who don’t have expertise in palliative and end of life care.
The charity says it is the first time that a comprehensive and robust suite of end of life care material has been made available free, quickly and easily accessible all in one place. Tracey Buckley, Marie Curie’s Palliative Care Knowledge Zone project lead and former clinical nurse manager at Marie Curie, said evidence suggested that some health and social care professionals felt uncomfortable talking about the dying process because they don’t have the knowledge and confidence to do so, and this could be a huge barrier to providing high quality care.
“The new Marie Curie Palliative Care Knowledge Zone aims to help give generalist health and social care staff the confidence to talk openly with their patients … Read More »
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Care homes present many unique security challenges. Above all, a residence needs to feel like an open, welcoming space. It must work for the resident, and provide a pleasant environment to greet family and other visitors. It should be a home, in every sense.
At the same time, managers must ensure security of the site, including its staff, sensitive data, and areas where medicines are kept. If there has been an unauthorised access attempt, staff need to know as soon as possible. When residents have dementia or other complex conditions, it is crucial that care workers can find out where they are at any time.
That’s why advanced access control — that’s easy for everyone to operate — can have major benefits in a care home. A system that … Read More »
UK families say care services for children and older people have got worse in the last five years, but reserve their harshest criticism for care of older people, particularly homecare services, according to reviews reported to Good Care Guide.
More than 40% of reviews of homecare agencies in 2016 rated them as poor or bad for quality of service and for value for money Based on an analysis of 9,000 reviews left by families on the Good Care Guide website, the latest research shows:
In 2012, 22.7% of homecare agencies were rated poor or bad for quality of service by older people and their families. By 2016 this had almost doubled to 41.6% of homecare services getting poor or bad reviews. The percentage of reviews rating homecare agencies as poor or bad for value for money rose from 23.4% in 2012 to … Read More »
By guest blogger BOB FERGUSON
It has been revealed that many people who have successfully negotiated the labyrinthine application process for NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) now find their wish to be cared for at home counting for nothing as CCGs limit funding for delivery in domestic settings.
The outrage that greeted the disclosure suggests the move has come as a surprise. Really? Disturbing it is, new it is not; this sort of thing has been going on for years.
Where I live, councils and health authorities got together in the early noughties to create, with Whitehall’s blessing, what is still a unique development: 500 beds worth of council-operated nursing homes. No sooner were they up and running than the erstwhile allies were at each other’s throats, arguing about eligibility assessments for CHC, each determined on budget protection. Without a national health and social … Read More »
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Junior health minister David Mowat, the one who drew the social care straw, had a go at talking himself out of a job last week.
Speaking to the House of Commons’ select committee on Communities and Local Government, Mr Mowat opined that people must consider looking after their parents, just as they do their children.
If Mr Mowat were at all familiar with his portfolio he would know that most people are trying their level best to do this already. So often, it is only when the care burden becomes so great and so unremitting that the carers, often in their 60s and 70s themselves, find their own physical and mental health so compromised that in desperation they resort to outside agencies.
Now Mr Mowat didn’t suggest that grandchildren should step up to the mark, but from remarks, such … Read More »