Caring Times News
Provider representative body Care England has expressed disappointment that the rate of NHS Funded Nursing Care increase announced for 2018/19 of 2% will not significantly relieve the huge pressure being felt in the nursing home sector.
The organisation’s chief executive, Professor Martin Green, said the increase would not address the current cost pressures for nursing in the sector.
“What we need to be clear on is that the cost of the rising dependency of nursing needs of residents exceeds the proposed rate rise,” said Prof. Green.
“The shortage of nurses – over which we have no control – means that recruiting nurses is a costly challenge along with increasing agency costs associated with rising nurse vacancies.
“The cost of employing nurses is rising with auto pension enrolment and other staff costs – we need to retain our nurses and offer the best employment packages … Read More »
Sunrise Senior Living UK and Gracewell Healthcare have been named the best in the country by market analysts Laing & Buisson based on inspection ratings undertaken by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
All inspected Gracewell homes, and 96% of all Sunrise communities, have been rated ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC. Sunrise has been ranked top for residential care, and Gracewell has come first for nursing care. Sunrise has also come second for nursing care.
Sunrise Senior Living has 25 communities throughout the UK and Gracewell Healthcare has 20 care homes.
By guest blogger JOHN BURTON
I know it’s an obsessional bad habit, but I watch the CQC Public Board Meetings every month. I believe that I can tell a lot about what’s going on beneath the surface in our English social care regulator by watching – and listening to – the top team at work. Often it’s what’s not said and the body language that tells the tale.
But then, I think that I can find out much of what’s really happening in a care home by attending a handover. Again, it’s more what’s not said and who is absent that give me clues to follow up.
The recording of the February board meeting wasn’t made available to the public until nearly a week after it took place. Usually it’s on the website the next day. I asked them for an explanation . … Read More »
Hartford Care has recently completed its acquisition of Scio Healthcare which operates three nursing homes on the Isle of Wight, consisting of 134 beds with more than 240 staff.
Hartford Care chief executive Sean Gavin said the homes would be supported by Tom Flux, who was joining Hartford Care from Scio as area operations manager.
“We take pride in our long-established history as a family-owned business, and firmly believe our excellent reputation within the care industry has been achieved by remaining the home of choice across the South of England,” said Mr Gavin.
NICE has launched a new guideline on People’s experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services.
The guideline covers good practice in the care and support of all adults who use services and aims to improve their experience of services.
People who use services were involved in the development of the guideline and the recommendations are based on what they consider to be important in their care and support.
The guideline can be viewed on the NICE website: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng86
Encore Care Homes, who manage three care homes in Dorset and Hampshire, have responded to a recent report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the social care workforce, pointing out that Encore at least is one provider who can demonstrate how much it values its staff.
The NAO report said low rates of pay and workload pressures meant some care services were struggling to recruit new team members but Encore says it offers staff above average wages and a range of shifts which cater to each individual’s lifestyle and commitments.
Encore’s employees receive an hourly rate which is above the national average wage for care workers. Senior healthcare assistants at Encore can earn up to £9.74 an hour depending on NVQ qualifications.
Staff with no NVQ qualification can earn up to £8.05 per hour, which is over the national minimum wage.
“Encore prides … Read More »
The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. This is the major finding of a National Audit Office (NAO) report released in early February.
The report said the number of people working in care was not meeting the country’s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing.
“While many people working in care find it rewarding, there is widespread agreement that workers feel undervalued and there are limited opportunities for career progression, particularly compared with similar roles in health,” said the NAO report.
“In 2016-17, around half of care workers were paid £7.50 per hour or below (the National Living Wage was £7.20 in 2016-17), equivalent to £14,625 annually. This, along with tough working conditions and a poor image, prevents workers from joining and remaining in the sector.”
There are around 1.34 million … Read More »
By guest blogger JEF SMITH
The funding system known as NHS Continuing Care has long constituted a scandal, of which perhaps the worst element is that so few people, including potential beneficiaries, are even aware of its existence.
Theoretically, Continuing Care looks after all of the costs of care for those individuals who, despite serious long term illness or disability, can effectively live outside hospital. That means in either in a residential care setting – generally one with in-house nursing – or in their own homes with intensive domiciliary care and community nursing services.
The multi-aspect scandal, outlined in January in a scathing report from the usually sober Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, involves long delays in decision-taking by Clinical Commissioning Groups – many people die before getting the results of their applications – variations in local interpretation of the assessment criteria, the poor … Read More »
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 »
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 »