Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green, in giving evidence to the communities and local government committee in Parliament at the end of October, as part of its inquiry into the stability and quality of adult social care, said poor commissioning was threatening social care.
Prof. Green also raised the issues of new and additional costs to care providers, very low local authority fees, failed Costs of Care exercises, the variability of commissioning practice and the sector’s ability to recruit and retain staff and the progress of the integration agenda.
“I welcome the committee’s inquiry into adult social care at this crucial time, which I hope will help to ensure that those in need of care are supported to live fulfilling lives,” said Prof. Green after his appearance at the committee hearing.
“I am pleased that the committee has listened to evidence about … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2016
A coalition of 29 health and social care organisations has been created to help ensure a sustainable workforce supply and thereby maintain standards of care as Britain withdraws from the European Union.
The Cavendish Coalition says it will provide those who are leading Brexit negotiations with the expertise, evidence and knowledge required on issues affecting the health and social care sectors.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive, NHS Employers which is a member of the newly formed group, said the coalition would be a common voice influencing and lobbying on post-EU referendum issues that affect the social care and health workforce.
“It will in particular ensure that there is a robust evidence base to support workforce policy across social care and health,” said Mr Mortimer.
“This coalition of health and social care experts will be a shared voice, working together to ensure continuing … Read More »
By Caring Times editor Geoff Hodgson
Last week I spoke to a nursing home operator who told me that his homes had abandoned the use of the medication trolley in favour of medication cabinets in each resident’s room. Along with this, care workers are being trained to give residents their medication and to perform other duties once the exclusive domain of the trained nurse.
I applaud these initiatives. As a former trained nurse I have many times had the experience of trundling the trolley around while the real care goes on around me. In an acute hospital setting, the drug trolley is a practicable and efficient means of delivering medication to the right person at the right time – it only occupies the time and attention of one member of the nursing staff and there are other nurses to get on with … Read More »