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Guide to managing care home closures published

Posted on July 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Guide to managing care home closures published

A good practice guide has been published to help minimise the impact on people, and their families and carers, in the event of a care home closing in response to poor care, an emergency or market exit.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has worked in partnership with NHS England (NHSE), the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) to agree the guide – Managing care home closures – which sets out how local and national organisations should work together in order to co-ordinate action, avoid duplication and prevent confusion for people using services, their families and carers, care home providers and their managers and staff.

The guide was developed following an event co-hosted by CQC and NHSE earlier this year to explore how unplanned care home closures are managed, learning … Read More »


‘Give us better, more timely information about the patients you are discharging to us’, nursing homes tell hospitals

Posted on July 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Give us better, more timely information about the patients you are discharging to us’, nursing homes tell hospitals

Nursing homes need better, more timely information from hospitals when patients are discharged or returned into their care, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) has said.

In its response to Care Quality Commission (CQC) recommendations for improving co-ordination between health and social care providers, the RNHA wants the NHS to review the way it interacts with nursing home staff on important clinical matters that can materially affect individuals’ recovery in the period immediately after their hospital discharge.

RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said the whole system needed a “shake-up”.

“As the CQC has pointed out, care home staff often don’t receive even the most basic information about the people being discharged to them,” said Mr Ursell.

“They may not be told about the medication the patient has been receiving in hospital. Yet these details are vital when a vulnerable individual with multiple health conditions … Read More »


Local Government Ombudsman makes first joint finding against a council and care home operator

Posted on July 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Local Government Ombudsman makes first joint finding against a council and care home operator

A complaint about the neglect of an elderly woman in a care home has led the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO)to issue its first joint investigation report into a care home and local authority.

In the first of its kind, the LGO is issuing a report covering the actions of both a private care provider and a council’s subsequent safeguarding investigation into that provider’s quality of care.

The investigation was prompted by a complaint from a man who said his wife was left severely dehydrated and suffering from oral thrush after a week-long respite stay at a care home. The woman, who had advanced dementia, required full assistance in all areas of daily living, and could not say when she was hungry or thirsty. She struggled to swallow and needed a thickening agent added to her drinks.

The woman’s husband privately arranged and funded … Read More »


Council tax precept fails to close adult social care funding gap

Posted on July 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Council tax precept fails to close adult social care funding gap

Levying extra council tax to pay for social care has failed to raise enough money to cover the cost of the new National Living Wage (NLW), let alone address the huge shortfall in funding in the face of increasing demand, a survey of all 151 adult social services directors in England has found.

Research published today (Wednesday, 13th July) by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) highlights that the precept, introduced in the Autumn Statement 2015 to give councils the option to raise council tax by 2% for adult social care, will generate less than two thirds of the more than £600m needed to cover the NLW this year.

That means that this year, directors are left with a gap to fill of around £940m just to keep services operating at last year’s levels.

ADASS president Harold Bodmer said councils … Read More »


Social care sector faces £2,675 foreign worker recruitment charge

Posted on July 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Social care sector faces £2,675 foreign worker recruitment charge

Brexit has prompted a surge in enquiries to immigration lawyers with businesses and workers concerned for their future one week on from the EU Referendum.

National law firm Simpson Millar’s head of immigration Emma Brooksbank has reported a huge 1,100% rise in calls from EU migrants hoping to secure permanent residence and a similar surge in enquiries from businesses employing foreign workers who face a significant new tariff when the UK exits the European Union.

Ms Brooksbank said the bill for recruiting an employee from overseas could soon hit a record £2,675 – or more.

“If the UK removes the current exemptions for EEA (European Economic Area) nationals and ceases to be a signatory to the treaties which enshrine the rights of free movement in the EU, companies would likely need to navigate Tier 2 of the Points Based System to recruit from … Read More »


Select committee to look at adult social care

Posted on June 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Select committee to look at adult social care

An inquiry into the quality and financial sustainability of adult social care in England has been launched by the Communities and Local Government committee.

The inquiry, which is now open for written submissions, will look at whether local authorities have sufficient funding to meet their statutory duties under the Care Act to assess and meet the needs of people requiring care and support.

The committee’s chair Clive Betts MP, said the inquiry would also look at the role of carers and look at alternative funding models for financing and providing care. It would cover all adult social care provided or commissioned by local authorities and not just the support given to elderly care users.

“Adult social care provides a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in society but it is coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand and … Read More »


NHS needs to work more closely with nursing homes, says RNHA in wake of National Audit Office report

Posted on May 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NHS needs to work more closely with nursing homes, says RNHA in wake of National Audit Office report

Nursing homes can play a key role in helping hospitals discharge older patients as soon as they no longer need acute treatment, the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) said at the end of May.

Responding to a recent National Audit Office (NAO) report which calls for radical changes to help tackle delayed hospital discharges of older people to more appropriate care environments, RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell called on the NHS to work more systematically with the adult social care sector.

“By working together in a more co-ordinated manner than is generally the case right now, the NHS and social care would ensure a smooth, swift and efficient transfer of older people from hospital into more appropriate care environments,” he said.

“This would help prevent the daily and progressive loss of muscle function and mobility that inevitably occurs when a frail older person … Read More »


NICE issues draft guidance on hospital discharge into social care settings

Posted on May 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NICE issues draft guidance on hospital discharge into social care settings

A draft social care has been issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is open for consultation until Tuesday, May 17th.

The guidance, ‘Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs’, can be found at:

https://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/indevelopment/gid-qsd141/consultation/html-content-2


Dudley has already spent the 2% social care precept, says West Midlands Care Association

Posted on May 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Dudley has already spent the 2% social care precept, says West Midlands Care Association

Funds being raised by Dudley Council in the West Midlands to shore-up the costs of social care are being used to help balance the books on the previous year’s care overspend, according to the West Midlands care Association (WMCA).

Under Chancellor George Osborne’s plan to fund care sector needs, he sanctioned a 2% rise in council taxes during the Spending Review last November. But it emerged at an emergency members’ meeting of the WMCA, which represents private and charitable care providers, that the new monies will have no impact on the current industry crisis. Neither will there be any new monies generated for social care from Mr Osborne’s 2016 Budget proposals.

Hopes that the Chancellor would heed calls by the Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) to bring forward £700m of social care funding were not realised and the WMCA says more … Read More »


Care home managers unhappy with level of care given by the NHS to people with dementia

Posted on May 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care home managers unhappy with level of care given by the NHS to people with dementia

An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has found that almost half of care home managers feel the NHS isn’t providing residents with dementia adequate and timely access to vital services like physiotherapy, continence and mental health services. This had led to instances where people have been left bed-bound, incontinent and sedated because the health service is too slow in responding to their needs.

The investigation, which is part of the ‘Fix Dementia Care’ campaign, involved a survey of more than 285 care home managers in England conducted jointly by the Alzheimer’s Society and Care England, as well as first-hand testimonies of carers of people with dementia living in care homes.

It also found that one in five care homes surveyed were being wrongly charged by GP practices for services that should be free on the NHS – up to as much as £36,000 a … Read More »



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