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Social care sector responds to Osborne’s review – more needs to be done

Posted on November 25th, by admin in Caring Times. No Comments

Today George Osborne’s Autumn Statement on the Comprehensive Spending Review was met by mixed reactions from the sector, with the general tenor being “it’s not enough”. We’ll have a full report in the January issue of Caring Times, but here are some key reactions:

Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Society: “The Government’s commitment to fund a dementia research institute offers hope and we welcome the recognition that the NHS cannot function effectively without investment in good social care. However, the new money promised today will only go some way to covering the £4.3 billion social care funding gap estimated by 2020. Today must be a first step towards ensuring the vital lifeline of social care for people with dementia.”

Stephen Burke, director of Good Care Guide: “The Chancellor’s spending review has failed to tackle the growing care crisis. Increases of up … Read More »

Social care funding gap “can no longer be ignored” says coalition

Posted on November 24th, by admin in Caring Times. No Comments

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A coalition of 15 social care providers and other organisations has sent an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, urging him to close the funding gap in his Comprehensive Spending Review. It reads:

Dear Chancellor,

Those of us involved in caring for older and disabled people have been warning for some time that the economics of care are completely unsustainable. In spite of an ageing population, there has been a 31% reduction in social care spending over the last five years and, whilst all care workers thoroughly deserve the new National Living Wage, its unfunded introduction leaves the care sector facing a devastating financial collapse.

As Chancellor, one of your top priorities in the Spending Review should be finding a way to fill the funding gap for adult social care which by the end of the decade … Read More »

Living Wage Survey – we need your input

Posted on October 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Living Wage Survey – we need your input

Alongside the need for sustained lobbying by providers and trade bodies, sector analyst LaingBuisson has partnered with Caring Times to conduct a survey of care providers to gauge the impact of the National Living Wage.

To do this we need as high a volume of data as possible. To ensure that your home’s data is part of this survey we ask you to visit and follow the links to answer a short series of questions covering staff, salaries and resident numbers.

The results of this survey will be analysed by LaingBuisson’s team of long term care consultants who will produce a definitive review of existing carer pay rates from which scenarios can be drawn which reflect the true impact of the NLW in a way which the government will be forced to address. Aggregate only data only will be reported. No … Read More »

Energy compliance deadline looms for care businesses

Posted on October 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Energy compliance deadline looms for care businesses

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NatWest Bank has warned that ESOS, a mandatory energy assessment scheme, will affect any care homes and home care operators if they meet the ESOS definition of a large undertaking. A large undertaking is any UK company that either employs 250 or more people, or has an annual turnover in excess of €50m euro (£38,937,777), and an annual balance sheet total in excess of €43m (£33,486,489).

Neil Garton, head of healthcare at NatWest, said: “Many care home businesses and home care operators may not have thought they qualified for the scheme, but they must include staff employed on a fixed term, part time or zero hours contract.”

Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every four years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving … Read More »

NCA says Tories have not honoured manifesto pledge to promote localism

Posted on October 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NCA says Tories have not honoured manifesto pledge to promote localism

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A recently-launched campaign initiated by the National Care Association (NCA) has criticised the recent round of political party conferences for neglecting to discuss care sector cutbacks. The Campaign for Action to Protect the Independent Social Care Sector has questioned the failure of politicians to address the realities of social care underfunding, particularly the failure to honour manifesto pledges.

NCA Chair Nadra Ahmed said local authorities were not acting on the Tory Government’s manifesto pledge to help create strong local economies and to promote localism by reducing ring-fencing with the promise to give councils more flexibility to support local services.

“Measured by local authority cost-cutting on care provision, the Government’s pledges are not being converted into effective action to ensure care of elderly people remains a vital resource,” said Mrs Ahmed.

“The NCA strongly recommends that central government should consider actually ring-fencing … Read More »

King’s Fund: pressure on councils now impacting on the NHS

Posted on October 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on King’s Fund: pressure on councils now impacting on the NHS

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In its latest Quarterly Monitoring Report, health services review body The King’s Fund says that nearly 90% of NHS Trust finance directors think financial pressures on local authorities are adversely affecting health care services in their local area. The report says this pressure is evident from the number of delayed transfers of care attributable to social care; these increased by more than 21% over the 12 months to August 2015/16.

The King’s Fund report forecasts and NHS overspend of more than £2bn by the end of this financial year – more than twice the overspend for last year – and says the NHS is now entering seriously dangerous financial territory which will have ramifications for patients and for all levels of NHS management.

The King’s Fund latest Quarterly Monitoring Report can be found at:

Bupa remains coy about mass care home sell-off

Posted on October 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Bupa remains coy about mass care home sell-off

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While the Financial Times and Health Investor magazine have both reported that Bupa is to put about 200 of its 290 care homes up for sale, naming Knight Frank as the agent appointed to run the auction process, Bupa told Caring Times on October 21st that the reports were ‘market speculation’ and would make no further comment.

It has been reported that the decision to offer more than two-thirds of its care home portfolio for sale was made at a meeting of Bupa’s board held in September, with Bupa looking to sell the homes within the next 12 months. A source has been quoted as saying that as part of the move, Bupa’s care homes division would be split into two parts, called Lifestyle and Partnership, with 20,000 staff transferring from Bupa to the new owner once the sale … Read More »

Moratorium on overseas nurses ban applauded

Posted on October 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Moratorium on overseas nurses ban applauded

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Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the announcement on October 15 that the Government is to lift restrictions on recruiting nurses from overseas, albeit on an interim basis.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said his organisation had been active in setting out the case for adding nurses to the Shortage Occupation List for care home nurses in particular.

“We hope that the Migration Advisory Committee will put this provision in place until the shortage in nurses has been addressed,” said Prof. Green.

“The independent sector faces a severe shortage of nurses and this announcement is an extremely positive one. We are cautiously optimistic that the care sector is finally on the political map. The recruitment and retention of a good nursing workforce is essential for providers to deliver the high quality care that is needed and expected.”

Care England … Read More »

Chai Patel speaks in favour of price regulation

Posted on October 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Chai Patel speaks in favour of price regulation

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HC-One chairman and acting chief executive Dr Chai Patel says he supports the idea of state control of the prices care providers charge for their services.

In the Guardian on October 14, Dr Patel told social care writer David Brindle that he would “be very happy if the Government wanted to have a price regulator, like we have in utilities, because this service is a public good, an essential public good”.

“Let’s have somebody tell us the fair margin that you should make in this sector and then see if we can, open-book, confirm that we’re doing that but no more than that,” said Dr Patel.

“I think you would find that more and more would agree with what I am saying. We have to reopen the debate about all this. Not only does social care need to be properly funded, … Read More »

Des Kelly to retire from lead role in the National Care Forum

Posted on October 8th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Des Kelly to retire from lead role in the National Care Forum

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Des Kelly is to retire from the post of executive director of the National Care Forum (NCF) , a position he has held since the organisation was formed over 12 years ago.

NCF chairman David Coull said the organisation, which represents not-for-profit care providers, appreciated the leadership, commitment and determination, Mr Kelly had bought to the role.

“NCF is clearly a grounded and well-respected membership body because of his influence in building strong foundations and so successfully championing our founding aim of improving quality in care services,” said Mr Coull.

“I know that Des wants the period until his retirement to be ‘business as usual’ in supporting and representing members and we look forward to our Annual Conference in May 2016 to celebrate his achievements.”

The process to recruit a successor has begun with sufficient time to ensure that the new executive … Read More »

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