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Nursing homes welcome chief inspector’s comments on funding

Posted on August 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Nursing homes welcome chief inspector’s comments on funding

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The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has welcomed comments by the Care Quality Commission’s chief inspector of adult social care, Andrea Sutcliffe, about the importance of adequate funding in enabling nursing homes and other care providers to deliver good quality care.

RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said it was gratifying that Mrs Sutcliffe had felt able to acknowledge the funding crisis now faced by those in the front line of social care.

“Mrs Sutcliffe had reminded the local authorities who commission social care that they need to understand what the true cost of care is, what true quality looks like and to make sure that providers are given the necessary funding to achieve expected standards,” said Mr Ursell.

“We, in the nursing home sector, applaud her for saying what needs to be said. Quality costs money. If the responsible public bodies, … Read More »


‘This has to stop’ says abuse charity after CQC moves residents out of care home at night

Posted on August 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘This has to stop’ says abuse charity after CQC moves residents out of care home at night

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In the wake of the urgent closures by the Care Quality Commission of the Merok Park nursing home in Surrey last December and the more recent closure of the Old Village School Hall nursing home in Bedfordshire, the charity Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has called for a change in the law to protect residents affected by urgent closures.

AEA says that, in the case of Merok Park, the transfer arrangement collapsed into confusion and chaos, with 26 residents moved in winter, at night and in the cold. In the case of the Old Village School Hall some 50 residents were moved, many after 6.30pm and some after 10pm, with some relatives describing the process as having caused huge distress to old, vulnerable people.

AEA has written to care minister Alistair Burt, calling for a change in the legal status … Read More »


‘Our members will no longer pay retainers to GP Practices,’ says Care England

Posted on August 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Our members will no longer pay retainers to GP Practices,’ says Care England

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Care home operators who are members of the representative body Care England say they will no longer pay retainers to GP practices. Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said many care homes throughout the country have to pay GPs to visit residents, and that this was clearly at odds with a health service for all.

“Our members will no longer pay retainers to GP Practices,” said Prof. Green.

“This should be no surprise to GPs as we have been making arguments regarding their unfairness for many years. One of our members is paying £70,000 per month and this is unacceptable. NHS chief executive Simon Stevens has gone on record in his Five Year Forward Plan for the NHS, emphasising the importance of care home residents having the access to healthcare that they would if they were living in their … Read More »


Carers held in high esteem

Posted on August 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Carers held in high esteem

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A YouGov poll commissioned by care provider HC-One has found that many people rank carers as more important than lawyers, bankers and politicians. In a survey of 1,507 adults in Great Britain people were asked to rank a list of ten jobs in order of importance. The emergency services topped the list, closely followed by teachers and carers. Lawyers, bankers and politicians were placed at the bottom of most people’s list. Jobs were ranked in the following order:

Doctor, nurse, police officer, firefighter, teacher, carer, dentist, lawyer, politician, banker.

HC-One chairman Dr Chai Patel said it was heartening to see the public value care workers alongside the emergency services and the teaching profession.

“Having worked closely with hundreds of inspirational carers over many years I know that their kindness, compassion, thoughtfulness and care makes a huge difference to the quality of … Read More »


Health and care regulation ‘unfit for future’ says Professional Standards Authority

Posted on August 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Health and care regulation ‘unfit for future’ says Professional Standards Authority

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The regulatory framework for health and social care is out of date, over-complicated, too expensive and needs radical change, says the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) in a report, ‘Rethinking Regulation’ published on August 5th.

The body, which oversees organisations that regulate health and care professionals in the UK, has called for redesign of regulation in order to deal with pressure on the health and care sector. Without reform, the authority argues, health and care systems in the UK cannot face up to future challenges including an ageing population, long-term conditions, co-morbidity, the rising cost of health technologies and a global shortage of health and care workers.

PSA chief executive Harry Cayton said piecemeal adjustments to health and care regulation had, over time, made the system cumbersome, ineffective and expensive.

“Every part of our health and care system is changing in order … Read More »


Delay to cap on care costs is outrageous, says Anchor chief

Posted on July 30th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Delay to cap on care costs is outrageous, says Anchor chief

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Not-for-profit care home operator Anchor has reacted with dismay to the Department of Health’s announcement last week that the introduction of the £72,000 cap on what individuals and their families would have to pay for social care is to be delayed by five years.

Anchor chief executive Jane Ashcroft the charity hoped the lengthy delay was because the Government planned to urgently address how care is funded.

“This is a major issue for today’s older people as well as future generations,” said Ms Ashcroft.

“A delay of four years, until 2020, is outrageous and brings into question the future of care funding. Successive governments have failed to prioritise reform – despite the mounting crisis. This further delay suggests that social care reform is simply not a priority for government.”

A survey commissioned by Anchor has found that 71% of people aged over … Read More »


Living wage plan will put providers in deep financial trouble, says West Midlands Care Association

Posted on July 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Living wage plan will put providers in deep financial trouble, says West Midlands Care Association

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Care home operators in the West Midlands say they face a bleak and uncertain future following living wage budget reforms announced by George Osborne. Debbie Le Quesne, chief executive of West Midlands Care Association (WMCA), which represents private sector care providers, warned the industry was at “breaking point.”

An impact survey by the association suggests any benefits found with reductions in Corporation tax – a fall to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020 – will not plug an ever-widening chasm between realistic operational costs and fees paid for care by local authorities. Under the Chancellor’s plans, workers aged over 25 will get a minimum of £7.20 an hour from April next year, rising to £9 by 2020. The Government says this will mean a direct pay rise for 2.5 million workers of an average of £5,000 by 2020.

But … Read More »


Social care will need extra funding to meeting Living Wage costs, says independent think tank

Posted on July 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Social care will need extra funding to meeting Living Wage costs, says independent think tank

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More than 700,000 care workers will benefit from the new ‘National Living Wage’ but social care will require extra funding to pay for it, says independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

The Foundation – which earlier this year called for and costed a plan to make social care a living wage sector – welcomes the new ‘premium’ minimum wage, which should make a big difference to low-paid care workers but says it will require significant new public investment in the social care sector, which has a very high proportion of low-paid staff and limited scope to absorb the higher wage costs through rising productivity.

Rising demand for care will also increase the pressure on staffing and wage costs. The analysis finds that the cost of meeting expected rises in the National Minimum Wage were already estimated to cost around a £1bn … Read More »


Law Commission consults on deprivation of liberty reform

Posted on July 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Law Commission consults on deprivation of liberty reform

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The Law Commission has launched a consultation paper on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty. The paper can be accessed at: http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/mental-capacity-and-deprivation-of-liberty/#related

The consultation paper reviews the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (the DoLS) in England and Wales. the Law Commission’s Tim Spencer-Lane said its goal was to replace the DoLS with a straightforward and accessible legal framework which provided appropriate safeguards for people who lacked capacity whose care or treatment was becoming restrictive.

“The provisional proposals in the consultation paper represent the Law Commission’s initial view about how the law should be reformed,” said Mr Spencer-Lane.

“We are undertaking a wide consultation process to gather as many different views and to gain as much information as possible within the consultation period. We welcome responses from all interested parties.”

The consultation period runs from until 2nd November. The Law Commission will then review … Read More »


Care Home Open Day grows in popularity

Posted on July 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care Home Open Day grows in popularity

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Organisers say this year’s Care Home Open Day event, on Friday, June 19th, proved even more popular than ever, with more and more care homes signing up to take part across the world and more and more visitors turning up at care homes in their area.

With an extra 834 homes joining in for 2015, and creating a “Twitter Storm” across social media, more than 4,000 care homes across the globe collectively opened their doors to welcome in visitors and create long-term connections with their local communities.

This year’s themes of The Arts & Valuing Staff, really engaged local people, residents, their friends and families, as well as many local schools and other organisations, and encouraged them to get involved and come up with some fantastic ways to be creative and showcase their dedicated staff, who provide great care day-in … Read More »





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