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Cheshire West Judgment sets new ‘acid test’ for deprivation of liberty

Posted on April 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, May 2014

For a sector already burdened with a plethora of regulatory requirements, the recent ‘acid test’ set by the Cheshire West Supreme Court Judgment means care providers will have to deal with another welter of paperwork. Ridout solicitor NEIL GRANT reports.

A recent Judgment of the Supreme Court will almost certainly lead to many more incapacitated adults in care homes in England and Wales being found to be deprived of their liberty. The Supreme Court decides on what constitutes a deprivation of liberty in a care context – tens of thousands more care home residents will now fall within the definition.

A person can only be deprived of their liberty in a care home or hospital if it is authorised by the court or by the procedures called the deprivation of liberty safeguards under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The … Read More »


National Audit Office report confirms cuts in care fees

Posted on April 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, May 2014

A National Audit Office (NAO) report published in March has thrown light on the extent of real terms cuts in the fees paid by local authorities towards the cost of caring for individuals who qualify for public funding.

The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) said the NAO had calculated that between 2009/10 and 2013/14 the rates paid by local authorities for care home places had increased by 5% less than the costs incurred, with around half of all directors of adult social services admitting that care homes in their areas were facing financial difficulties.

RNHA chief executive officer Frank Ursell said the NAO had also confirmed another scandal created by the cuts in government grants to local authorities which had in turn led to cuts in the value of fees they pay to care homes

“Its report highlights the fact … Read More »


CQC announces changes in regulatory fees

Posted on April 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, May 2014

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published details of the fees to be paid by providers from 1 April 2014. CQC says the fees scheme reflects government policy which requires the Commission to recover the costs of regulation from providers. It has been approved by the Secretary of State for Health.

The changes include a 1.5% increase in fees payable by providers of adult social care services. The Commission says it has also adjusted the fee bandings for providers of care home services to more evenly distribute fee charges.

“As a result of the consultation we ran last year, this is the decision we have made for the year 2014/15,” said CQC chief executive David Behan

“We will undertake a review in the year ahead and consult again regarding next year’s fees in the autumn. We will continue to review … Read More »


Caring Homes celebrates 20 years

Posted on March 26th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Congratulations to Caring Homes on their 20th Anniversary. The company was founded in 1994 by the Jeffery family who still run it.


Burden of bureaucracy is compromising care, says new Joseph Rowntree report

Posted on March 26th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, April 2014

Some care home managers say they spend 20% of their time on paperwork rather than on leadership activities that could improve the quality of care for residents.

Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published in February, identifies more than 100 separate items of paperwork that must be completed regularly in care homes, responding to a range of regulatory and commissioning requirements.

The JRF report – Is excessive paperwork in care homes undermining care for older people? – says paperwork has limited the ability to quantify and measure the quality of interactions between care staff and residents. “Paperwork has become an industry in its own right, fuelled by fear and insecurity,” is a key finding of the research. Others include:

Poor co-operation and co-ordination between agencies responsible for regulation, monitoring and purchasing care results in information being duplicated, often several times … Read More »


Provider association underwhelmed by Solihull’s 16.5% increase in fees

Posted on March 26th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, April 2014

From April 2014, Solihull Council is increasing the fees it pays to residential and nursing care homes for older people and people with dementia, by up to 16.5%. The uplift in will cost the Council £805,000 more in 2014-15. The additional cost will be paid for from the existing adult social care budget.

The decision was taken by Cllr Bob Sleigh, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, at a council meeting in February. It means that maximum fee levels for older people’s residential care will increase by 16.5%, to £439 per week. Fees for residential care for people with dementia will increase by 16.3% to £508 per week. Including NHS funded nursing care, council funding will rise to £615 per week for older people’s nursing care and £661 per week for nursing care for dementia. This represents increases … Read More »


Your Care Rating gives residents a voice

Posted on March 26th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, April 2014

Results from the 2013 Your Care Rating survey were published in February. Responses from more than 20,000 residents from 1,055 homes were analysed to give each an Overall Performance Rating (OPR) out of 1,000.

The results broadly painted an encouraging picture of life in care homes from most of the homes which took part, with an average OPR score for participating homes of 871.

The highest score achieved was 991 for St Leonard’s Rest Home in Hayling Island, Hampshire. However, clearly not all homes achieved the national average and some scores for questions were significantly lower. Ten homes had an OPR score of 700 or below.

The survey also provides scores out of 1,000 across four main sub-themes, with the national average score for each being (a) staff and care – 869; (b) home comforts – 852; (c) choice and … Read More »


Paying for healthcare remains a reality for care homes

Posted on February 25th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Care England report says many providers are still being charged for GP services

Caring Times, March 2014

In 2008 Care England’s predecessor body, ECCA, investigated the practice of GPs charging retainers to work with care homes. The research showed this was a widespread practice and that the pronouncements that health care was free at the point of need, were not necessarily true for care home residents.

In 2013 ECCA re-ran this research, and discovered that six years after its initial report, the practice is still going on at much the same levels. Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that while Primary Care Trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups may be aware that GPs are charging care homes in this way, it appeared that they had no powers to deal with the problem.

“Charging care home residents for healthcare is an ongoing malpractice despite … Read More »


Care UK slams cuts to mental health services

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Caring Times, March 2014

Care UK’s mental health director Dr Alison Rose-Quirie has voiced concerned about cuts to funding mental health services.

In mid-December the BBC published figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act which showed that mental health trusts In England have had their funding cut by more than 2% in real terms over the past two years.

“As demand, quite rightly, grows for high quality, publicly-funded mental health services, what amounts to a two per cent cut in mental health funding is bad news for patients, their families and society,” said Dr Rose-Quirie in response to the BBC’s revelation.

“These cutbacks are completely at odds with the way this government talks about how it wants to give the same importance to mental health services and recovery as it does to physical health. Patients and their families are already living with a … Read More »


Quebec blaze prompts call for sprinklers

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Caring Times, March 2014

Independent fire safety experts have called for all care homes in the UK to install sprinkler fire extinguishing systems in the wake of a recent fire in a Canadian care home.

At least five elderly people were killed after a fire destroyed an old people’s home in Quebec in January.

Safety Management (UK) (SMUK), which has been campaigning for laws to be introduced to make sprinkler systems compulsory in every high rise flat in the country, has now extended the campaign to care homes and says that those which don’t have sprinkler systems already installed should now look at retro-fitting them as a matter of urgency.

It is also urging care managers to immediately review their fire evacuation procedures in the wake of the fatal fire in Canada.

SMUK says that the danger is increased at night-time – when staffing levels … Read More »



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Cheshire West Judgment sets new ‘acid test’ for deprivation of liberty

Caring Times, May 2014

For a sector already burdened with a plethora of regulatory requirements, the recent ‘acid test’ set by the Cheshire West Supreme...
National Audit Office report confirms cuts in care fees

Caring Times, May 2014

A National Audit Office (NAO) report published in March has thrown light on the extent of real terms cuts in the...

CQC announces changes in regulatory fees

Caring Times, May 2014

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published details of the fees to be paid by providers from 1 April 2014. CQC...