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Adult social care workforce consultation opens

Posted on February 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Adult social care workforce consultation opens

A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in partnership with Skills for Care. The deadline for responses is Monday, April 9th.

Those with an interest in social care are encouraged to share their views on what could be done to address a number of challenges facing the adult social care workforce. This includes:

how to attract and recruit workers;
how to improve retention;
how to improve professional development;
how to consider the role of regulation and;
how to ensure effective workforce planning.

Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage said responses from the consultation would feed into a joint health and social care workforce strategy this summer and will inform the upcoming adult social care Green Paper on care and support.

“The social care workforce is the backbone of the care sector and is … Read More »


Care England granted right to intervene in Court of Appeal sleep-in shift case

Posted on February 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care England granted right to intervene in Court of Appeal sleep-in shift case

Provider representative body Care England has won the right to intervene in the Court of Appeal’s sleep-in-shift case – with the hope of solving the impending £400m financial crisis for care providers, mainly those who provide specialist care.

With the hearing set for 20-21 March this year, law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors are acting for Care England, with the body given the opportunity to pursue new arguments not yet considered in the Royal Mencap Society vs Tomlinson-Blake Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case to date.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that, if the existing decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal were upheld, it would be a watershed moment for the sector, with profound affects for the viability of residential domiciliary and supported care which supports 1.2m vulnerable people across the country.

“I cannot stress the magnitude of this opportunity for our … Read More »


Survey to assess impact of sleep-in pay on social care

Posted on February 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Survey to assess impact of sleep-in pay on social care

Care providers are being urged to participate in the national survey commissioned by the Solve Sleep-Ins Alliance (#SolveSleepIns), a group of organisations that represent providers delivering overnight support shifts. The alliance is formed of the Association for Real Change, Care England, Learning Disability England, Learning Disability Voices and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).

The alliance says a full independent, accurate analysis of the impact of the bill for sleep-in back pay on social care is urgently needed.

The survey, accessible via www.sleepinsurvey.org.uk will close at midnight on Monday 5 March 2018. Data will not be shared across organisations and only aggregated data will be reported in our policy influencing and campaigning activities.

Changes to government guidance mean that sleep-in staff who previously earned around £30 per shift must be paid minimum wage, with providers liable for six years’ worth of back pay … Read More »


Inconstant gardeners

Posted on February 18th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Last Saturday was fine and dry so I managed to put in a few hours on our allotment. Not before time; my dug-over fallow patches are already showing a patina of green as the first weeds awaken from their winter sleep.

With secateurs in leather-gloved hand I contemplated the prickly thicket that I hoped to reform into a well-groomed row of gooseberry bushes and that got me thinking about the Green Paper consultation promised for this coming summer, and the thorny issue of social care funding.

“Well, I wouldn’t start from here if I had the choice,” thought I, thinking about the reform of both gooseberries and government policy. This was followed by “we are where we are” and so to the snipping. I think it is important that those who are closely involved with the provision … Read More »


Crown Care to invest £115m in care villages

Posted on February 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Crown Care to invest £115m in care villages

North East operators Crown Care have announced plans for care villages and care homes throughout the UK.

The company has planning permission in place for three developments with others in the pipeline as the company embarks on major growth plans.

“We pride ourselves on providing thriving homes with a philosophy of care that puts the needs of our residents at the centre of everything we do and how we do it,” said Crown Care director Baldev Ladhar.

“We are investing more than £115m to deliver a nationwide portfolio of care facilities with the focus on the care village model – communities at the heart of the community where they are based.

“Crown Care is investing not simply in new homes but in taking the whole care concept to the next level. The company has attracted some of the leading clinicians and managers from across … Read More »


CareTech Foundation announces first major grants

Posted on February 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CareTech Foundation announces first major grants

The CareTech Foundation, a grant-making corporate charitable foundation, announced significant grants and collaborative support for its first three strategic partners at the Houses of Parliament in early February.

Founded by CareTech Holdings plc, a major provider of social care services, supporting adults and children with a wide range of complex needs in more than 260 specialist services across the UK, the foundation was launched in December and has already made a number of small grants nominated by CareTech staff. The event at Westminster announced three major beneficiaries – the childrens’ charity Barnados, the British Asian Trust (BAT), which tackles poverty across South Asia and kills for Care, which supports the adult social care workforce in England, to attract more talented people with the right values to work in the sector.

A specific aim of the CareTech Foundation’s donations and working relationships is … Read More »


Cavendish Coalition calls for more detail on rules for EU workers

Posted on February 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Cavendish Coalition calls for more detail on rules for EU workers

Responding to the Home Affairs Committee’s immigration report, the Cavendish Coalition,a group of 37 health and social care organisations that has come together to ensure that the health and social care system can continue to meet its staffing needs following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, has called for more detail.

Cavendish Coalition co-convenor Nadra Ahmed said the report highlighted the huge challenges faced by UK employers in securing their current and future workforce during a period of great uncertainty.

“The health and social care system remains under intolerable pressure and we simply cannot afford to lose the talented EU staff we currently employ,” said Mrs Ahmed.

“Faced with shortages of key staff and skills which cannot be met domestically, it’s imperative we do not continue to see fewer colleagues choosing the UK. We welcomed the December confirmation that the rights of … Read More »


H/2 agrees new funding for Four Seasons

Posted on February 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on H/2 agrees new funding for Four Seasons

Financially beleaguered care home operator Four Seasons Health Care has won a commitment from H/2 Capital Partners on behalf of its affiliated investment funds, whereby H/2 will provide up to £70m of funding to help Four Seasons to stabilise operations and ensure continuity of care for residents.

Four Seasons chairman Robbie Barr said the company was very appreciative of H/2’s willingness to consider expanding its already substantial commitment and for the continued support of all parties in pursuit of a consensual agreement.

“Working together to close the facility over the next two to three weeks, we believe that this incremental liquidity and initial steps toward a revised governance structure lay the foundation for a consensual restructuring that benefits all stakeholders, and in particular provide continuity of care for our residents,” said Mr Barr.

The agreement will see H/2 increasing its loan from £40m … Read More »


When the chips go down . . .

Posted on February 12th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 2 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I have heard people say they couldn’t get by without their smartphone, and I suppose this must be true in that many people depend on them as part of their livelihoods.

But it is a bit scary how dependent we have become on information technology and we should never underestimate how all-pervasive IT can become. (A mayor of Chicago did just that in the late 1800s when he predicted that one day, there would be a telephone in every American town!).

And so on to the role of IT in social care. It’s essential of course, but is there a danger of over-dependency? What happens when systems fall prey to cyber attacks a la ‘Wannacry’? All sorts of prosaic utilities might be compromised – security, fire safety, even gas, electricity and water supplies could go down.

A … Read More »


Abbeyfield Kent establishes Rapport

Posted on February 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Abbeyfield Kent establishes Rapport

The Abbeyfield Kent Society is now operating under the new name Rapport Housing and Care as an organisation independent of the Abbeyfield Society.

Abbeyfield Kent are recognised as experienced providers of care and housing for older people across the region and have grown exponentially to provide a variety of care options for local older people. Today they operate 14 services accommodating more than 400 residents.

With this growth, Abbeyfield Kent have increasingly taken on additional resources and believe themselves to be in a strong position to manage their local operations and take forward their own strategic plans for growth and development in the local region.

Rapport chief executive Leon Steer said the organisation had plans to meet the sharply increasing numbers of older people and was currently developing extracare schemes in Tonbridge Larkfield and Wateringbury.

“We are a leading housing and care provider in … Read More »





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