Care Home Open Day – 19th June

Posted on January 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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For the third year running, Care Home Open Day will take place this year on 19th June 2015, promoting the themes of “The Arts and Valuing Staff”.

Supported by a group of leading care providers, associations, charities and care regulators, Care Home Open Day aims to reinforce the connections care homes have across their local communities, as well as challenging misconceptions about residential care and showcasing the excellent services that are at the heart of communities across the UK.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the previous two Care Home Open Days had been a great success and the event was growing year-on-year, with more care homes signing up to take part each time.

“Care Home Open Day is an important event to participate in,” said Prof. Green.

“It is a great opportunity for the public to see the range … Read More »

9% increase in registration fees – a psychological straw for struggling providers

Posted on January 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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A proposal by the Care Quality Commission to increase registration fees for adult social care providers by 9% has been criticised strongly by provider representative body Care England.

In its response to the CQC consultation on fee increases Care England said that, while it supported the regulator’s direction of travel, CQC had still to deliver changes for a sustainable amount of time and that registration fees should not be increased when the improvements promised by CQC were still to be delivered consistently.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the fee increases were being proposed when local authorities had cut their adult social care budgets by 26% since 2010, the equivalent of £3.53bn.

“This proposed 9% increase might, for some providers who are really struggling, be the straw that breaks the camel’s back,” said Prof. Green.

“Not of itself but it … Read More »

CQC publishes Special Measures proposals

Posted on January 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

– closing date for consultation comments:
Friday, January 30th

By Lester Aldridge solicitor PETER GROSE

At the end of December 2014 CQC released its long awaited proposals for special measures. The proposals will have a significant impact for all registered providers. It will be all too easy to enter special measures and risk cancellation of registration. The keys points are as follows:

Entry point of special measures: When CQC carries out a comprehensive inspection against the five “key questions” (ie is the service safe, caring, responsive, effective and well led?) and two of those key questions are rated as Inadequate, CQC says that not only will the entire service be rated as Inadequate but this will also result in immediate entry into the special measures process.
Special measures can be entered even if a comprehensive inspection results in only one of the key questions being rated … Read More »

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