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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 »


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

Posted on April 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on RNHA calls on candidates to sign-up to social care pledges

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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;

3. Create a new … Read More »


Pilot course in care catering qualification

Posted on April 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Pilot course in care catering qualification

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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.

“The absence … Read More »


CQC adopts 9% increase in registration fees

Posted on March 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CQC adopts 9% increase in registration fees

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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.


GMB joins corporates in warning of care homes crisis

Posted on March 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on GMB joins corporates in warning of care homes crisis

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Four Seasons Health Care, Bupa and HC-One, the three biggest operators in the UK’s £24bn care home market, have been joined by the GMB union in warning that the system is in crisis.

GMB, which includes care home staff in its membership, have publicly support the warning from Britain’s biggest providers of care homes for elderly people that cuts to public funding for residents are ‘unsustainable’ and that more homes will close unless the situation improves. GMB national officer for social care Justin Bowden said repeated warnings from GMB that Southern Cross would collapse had been repeatedly ignored by government.

“Warnings that the entire care sector is in a slow motion collapse, albeit for different reasons to Southern Cross, are falling on the same deaf ears,” said Mr Bowden.

“If we are not prepared to learn the lessons of history, we … Read More »


Report recommends free social care for terminally-ill people

Posted on March 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Report recommends free social care for terminally-ill people

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A report published by the Health Select Committee published in mid-March has reviewed the state of end of life care, making a number of recommendations for improvement, including that social care should be free at the end of life.

Based on evidence from clinicians, charities and palliative care experts, the report found ‘great variation in quality and practice across both acute and community settings’ in England.

End-of-life care is defined as people expected to die within 12 months, most of whom will have incurable or progressive illnesses like dementia. Care minister Norman Lamb has said that the Government is looking carefully at a policy of free end-of-life care.

George McNamara, head of policy and public affairs at the Alzheimer’s Society, said people with dementia were currently obliged to pay a “dementia tax” of thousands of pounds for essential care, especially towards … Read More »


Guidance issued on displaying ratings

Posted on March 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Guidance issued on displaying ratings

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Guidance issued on displaying ratings Final guidance has been issued by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on how care providers should display their performance ratings determined by the regulator.

CQC has developed a suite of posters that will be automatically generated through the regulator’s website for all care services that receive a CQC rating to download, print and display.

CQC chief executive David Behan said people could expect to start seeing performance ratings on provider websites as well as across premises, public entrances and waiting areas of care services from 1st April.

“We know that our ratings are an important source of information to support people’s choice of service,” said Mr Behan.

“The aim of this new requirement is all about helping to achieve better awareness and greater transparency for members of the public about which care services are Outstanding, Good, Require … Read More »


Homecare report highlights councils’ meagre payment

Posted on March 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Homecare report highlights councils’ meagre payment

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Using data obtained under freedom of information legislation, the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has released figures which it says show the national and regional picture of under-funding of homecare services for older people across the United Kingdom.

The UKHCA says its report exposes the level of risk that councils in Great Britain (and health and social care trusts in Northern Ireland) place on a system intended to support older people. Of the 203 authorities where an average price could be established, just 28 councils paid their independent and voluntary sector homecare providers fees at or above UKHCA’s minimum price for homecare of £15.74 per hour. The average price for an hour for homecare for older people in a sample week was:

United Kingdom: £13.66 per hour
England: £13.77 per hour
Wales: £14.28 per hour
Scotland: £13.68 per hour
Northern Ireland: £11.35 per hour

UKHCA’s … Read More »





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