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NICE publishes draft guideline on joined-up services

Posted on June 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NICE publishes draft guideline on joined-up services

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a draft health and social care guideline to help manage the complicated needs of adults being admitted to and discharged from hospital who are receiving or need support from social care. The focus of the guideline is on adults with health and social care needs – and who have or will need support from a range of practitioners such as family doctors, social workers, physiotherapists, or community nurses.

The draft guideline recommends ways to integrate effectively social care with medical support during transition to and from hospital. It addresses how services should work together and with the person, their family and carers, to make sure they are admitted for medical treatment in a timely way and spend no longer in hospital than is necessary.

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From April 2014 to March … Read More »


Care providers launch legal action against Norfolk County Council

Posted on June 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care providers launch legal action against Norfolk County Council

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Norfolk’s independent care providers have joined forces to bring a legal challenge against Norfolk County Council which they say has failed to take into account what it actually costs to provide good quality care and for what private providers describe as the disproportionate amount the council pays its own NorseCare homes.

An application for judicial review was submitted to the High Court on the 8th June. Tim Armitage, chair of the Fair Price for Care, Fair Pay for Carers Campaign, said that, not only did the Norfolk County Council pay NorseCare far more per person per week, but it paid Norsecare even if their beds were unoccupied.

“This enables them to pay much better wages than independent homes,” said Mr Armitage.

“Why does it cost so much more to provide care and support in a NorseCare home?

“Our carers are by far … Read More »


Local authorities swamped by deprivation of liberty applications

Posted on June 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Local authorities swamped by deprivation of liberty applications

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The Alzheimer’s Society has warned that thousands of people with dementia may be deprived of their liberty by a bureaucratic backlog of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications.

In mid-May, the Health and Social Care Information Centre on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) released quarterly figures for January – March 2015, which showed that at the end of September 2014, there were 19,429 applications where the outcome was still not decided. The data shows 119 out of 152 councils (78% of all councils) submitted data for Q4. The total number of DoLS applications in the quarter was 36,000. Of these 8,500 (24%) were granted, 2,900 (8%) not granted and 24,600 (68%) not yet signed off by the supervisory body or were withdrawn.

Alzheimer’s Society head of policy George McNamara said local authorities were being swamped with applications to restrict the liberty … Read More »


Care UK sells homecare services to Mears Group

Posted on June 1st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care UK sells homecare services to Mears Group

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Care UK has sold its homecare services, supporting around 13,000 people in their own homes, to Mears Group.

Care UK chief executive Mike Parish said the transaction completed a refocusing of the company’s health and social care portfolio following a strategic review of options for mental health, learning disability and homecare services, allowing the organisation to concentrate on the development of its provision of primary and secondary NHS health services and on the completion of its programme of new residential and nursing homes. The transfer of learning disability services to Lifeways and mental health services to Partnerships in Care were both announced earlier in May.

“We are pleased to have reached very positive outcomes for patients and services users, colleagues and commissioners in all three services,” said Mr Parish.

“Care UK has a strong record of growing services across the health … Read More »


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.





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