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Nursing homes could be forced to close by ‘daft’ immigration rules

Posted on July 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Nursing homes could be forced to close by ‘daft’ immigration rules

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A number of nursing homes in Wales could be compelled to close because of new UK Government rules on immigration, a social care chief has warned.

New legislation will force non-European workers to return home if they are not earning at least £35,000 after six years – and that will include well-qualified nurses working in social care.

According to Care Forum Wales (CFW), the body that represents the independent social care sector in Wales, it will lead to the loss of nursing home beds at a time when they are needed more than ever and could force some homes to close completely because of a shortage of trained staff.

CFW chair Mario Kreft said the Government would end up getting rid of well-qualified staff doing a good job and replace them with economic migrants without qualifications.

“This could very well lead to … Read More »


NICE publishes draft guideline on joined-up services

Posted on June 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NICE publishes draft guideline on joined-up services

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a draft health and social care guideline to help manage the complicated needs of adults being admitted to and discharged from hospital who are receiving or need support from social care. The focus of the guideline is on adults with health and social care needs – and who have or will need support from a range of practitioners such as family doctors, social workers, physiotherapists, or community nurses.

The draft guideline recommends ways to integrate effectively social care with medical support during transition to and from hospital. It addresses how services should work together and with the person, their family and carers, to make sure they are admitted for medical treatment in a timely way and spend no longer in hospital than is necessary.

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From April 2014 to March … Read More »


Care providers launch legal action against Norfolk County Council

Posted on June 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care providers launch legal action against Norfolk County Council

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Norfolk’s independent care providers have joined forces to bring a legal challenge against Norfolk County Council which they say has failed to take into account what it actually costs to provide good quality care and for what private providers describe as the disproportionate amount the council pays its own NorseCare homes.

An application for judicial review was submitted to the High Court on the 8th June. Tim Armitage, chair of the Fair Price for Care, Fair Pay for Carers Campaign, said that, not only did the Norfolk County Council pay NorseCare far more per person per week, but it paid Norsecare even if their beds were unoccupied.

“This enables them to pay much better wages than independent homes,” said Mr Armitage.

“Why does it cost so much more to provide care and support in a NorseCare home?

“Our carers are by far … Read More »





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