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NHS pay increases must be matched by better social care funding says provider group

Posted on December 12th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on NHS pay increases must be matched by better social care funding says provider group

A social care providers’ group has warned that any predicted increases in NHS pay must be matched by better funding for the independent care sector to avoid a worsening of the current staffing crisis in the sector.

The Independent Care Group has welcomed reports that the Government will end the freeze on public sector pay, paving the way for pay increases for nurses but say this must be matched with better funding for social care. The group’s Chair, Mike Padgham said: “We fear the Government might not fully see the consequences of taking this step. If it is not matched by better funding for social care, which will enable providers to compete with the NHS when it comes to recruitment, we could see the situation get worse rather than better.”

Mr Padgham said social care was suffering from a major staff recruitment … Read More »


Sensory contraints

Posted on December 12th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Sensory contraints

Caring Times, November 2017

A Shrewsbury-based care provider has run training for staff by restricting their senses with goggles, mittens and ear plugs to help them gain a greater understanding of dementia.

The initiative was part of Morris Care’s ‘In Their Shoes’ campaign at its homes in Shropshire and Cheshire which aimed to give a different perspective on dementia for World Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in September.

The voluntary sessions involved staff losing part of their normal senses of touch, sight and hearing – by wearing goggles, gloves and ear plugs at intervals– to simulate what it can feel like to live with dementia when trying to perform daily tasks.


Delayed discharges: West Midlands councils say targets are impossible to meet

Posted on November 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Delayed discharges: West Midlands councils say targets are impossible to meet

Caring Times, November 2017

Local authorities in the West Midlands have warned the Government of a “catastrophic impact” on people needing care if pledged social care funding is not honoured.

The warning came after NHS England set what West Midlands leaders call new, unachievable targets for local authorities to reduce the delays in the number of people leaving hospital. Latest Government figures show that in most cases this is because people are waiting for NHS services, not social care.

NHS England says local authorities which don’t meet the targets immediately will not have funding approved as part of the Better Care Fund, which aims to support more people in their home and communities rather than being kept in hospital. This amounts to around £150m in the West Midlands which is needed to fund services for the most vulnerable people including homecare, reablement and … Read More »


Care workers urged to have flu jab

Posted on October 25th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Care workers urged to have flu jab

Caring Times, November 2017

The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), has called on the Government to work to ensure that more social care staff receive the winter flu vaccination.

Whilst the Government recommends that all adult social care workers receive the flu jab, they are not eligible to receive the vaccination on the NHS. The ILC says the flu epidemic in care homes in Wigan last winter, which led to 30 cases of flu, eight deaths, and Wigan Infirmary and the North West Ambulance Service facing additional pressures, is a case study of the toll that low uptake of flu vaccination among care home staff can have on residents and the NHS.

David Sinclair, director of the International Longevity Centre – UK said that, with Simon Stevens’ call for the NHS to ready itself for a particularly bad winter flu season, it … Read More »


Care home hosts ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’

Posted on October 24th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Care home hosts ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’

Caring Times, November 2017

Home Meadow care home in Toft near Cambridge has launched ‘Dance for Parkinson’s’ classes in an effort to provide a new form of exercise for people living with the condition.

The home, part of the Healthcare Homes Group, supports residents with a range of conditions including Parkinson’s and dementia.

The fortnightly sessions are open to residents and members of the community and are led by local community dance practitioner, Paula Hain, who has years of experience in dance for a range of groups and who already runs dance and activity sessions at the home.


Events celebrated dementia-friendly cinema

Posted on October 19th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Events celebrated dementia-friendly cinema

Caring Times, November 2017

Cinemas across the UK recognised World Alzheimer’s Month in September with a series of dementia-friendly film events.

The BFI Film Audience Network and venue partners have made film accessible throughout September and beyond, for audiences living with dementia. Regular relaxed screenings, full of live entertainment, offer safe and welcoming experiences.

The film screenings are developed by venues and supported by the eight BFI Film Audience Network (FAN) Hubs across the UK and National Lottery funding, who provide dementia-friendly guidance, training and support to cinema operators.


No more ‘make do and mend’

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on No more ‘make do and mend’

Caring Times, October 2017

Responding to research on MPs’ opinions about social care, Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow at The King’s Fund, said the research, by Independent Age, challenged both main parties to put aside their differences and work together to fix the crisis in the social care system.

“There is an overwhelming consensus among MPs that it does not meet the needs of the ageing population,” said Mr Humphries.

“MPs of both main parties agree that adult social care needs both fundamental reform and more funding, and so it is vital that the forthcoming government consultation addresses this.

“Despite numerous reviews, commissions, Green and White Papers on this, successive governments have ducked the challenge. Parliament has made clear that the ‘make do and mend’ approach to the social care system is no longer good enough.”


Healthwatch looks at life in a care home

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Healthwatch looks at life in a care home

Caring Times, October 2017

Between January 2016 and April 2017, local Healthwatch staff and volunteers across England visited 197 care homes across 63 different local authority areas, to find out what day to day life is really like for many of those living in care homes.

The Healthwatch report outlines key next steps for care homes, how feedback can be used to identify a whole host of small, low cost changes that ensure all residents feel ‘at home’.

The majority of residents and relatives Healthwatch spoke with considered the care they received to be good, with innovative homes showing what is possible without breaking the bank. Local Healthwatch representatives saw staff going above and beyond the call of duty to connect with those they care for and really helping them to live their lives – including one activities co-ordinator from Cheshire who arranged … Read More »


Care England confirms annual conference speaker line-up

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care England confirms annual conference speaker line-up

Caring Times, October 2017

The speaker line-up has been finalised for the Care England 2017 conference & exhibition, ‘Shaping Tomorrow’, at Church House, Westminster, on Thursday, 16 November.

The programme will begin with a presentation on ‘Sustainable & transformed care using the NHSmail and the IG Toolkit’ to be delivered by Keith Strahan, NHS Digital, principle relationship manager, social care. Then William Roberts, care home lead, NHS New Care Models Programme, who will cover the Airedale Telehealth Vanguard and its benefits for social care.

Tim Griffiths, assistant director, Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership, will give an update on the progress of ‘Devo Manc’, the Health & Social Care Integration Pilot in Manchester. And finally an international perspective will be delivered by Sue Jauncey, the founder of Pulse Australasia. Her presentation, ‘Culture Change. Learning from the World’, will highlight ways in which … Read More »


Online placement marketplace could help to boost occupancy

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Online placement marketplace could help to boost occupancy

Caring Times, October 2017

An online marketplace, the ‘Care Co-Operative (www.care-co-operative.co.uk) has been launched with the dual aim of enabling families to find care home places for their loved ones, and to help care homes boost their occupancy.

Founder and director Joan Mansfield said the Care Co-Operative had a rapidly growing membership of both care providers and self funding care seekers,consequent to recent national press and TV coverage.

“Self-funding service users and their families can join the Care Co-Operative as a member and find care services which are prepared to acknowledge the value that they, as self-funding service users, bring to their business by offering them a small discount on the service’s full fee,” said Ms Mansfield.

“The care service can choose the level of discount they offer, but in any case they will likely receive much more than a local authority pays.

“As well … Read More »



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