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Pilot course in care catering qualification

Posted on April 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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A course in professional catering and cookery for the health and social care sector is being piloted at Barnet and Southgate College in North London.

The NVQ Level 2 Diploma in Professional Cookery in Health and Social Care Catering is described as the first professional qualification for the sector. A result of collaboration between the National Association of Care Catering (NACC), the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), and Barnet and Southgate College, the 20-week pilot course and qualification aims to address the absence of a recognised formal professional catering qualification dedicated to the health and social care sector.

NACC national chair Neel Radia said the course upholds a joint commitment to continuously improve the quality and standard of food in health and social care settings, and to position catering in this specific field as a viable and progressive career choice.

“The absence … Read More »


CQC adopts 9% increase in registration fees

Posted on March 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Following a 9% increase for 2015/16, care homes will have to pay considerably more in registration fees from April.

The Care Quality Commission announced the increase in late March, following a public consultation last year and approval from the Secretary of State for Health. In the announcement, CQC gave the example a care home with 21 to 25 beds, which would have to pay an increase of £238.

The regulator said it would publish a calculator on its website in April to help providers work out their exact fees for 2015/16, alongside detailed fees guidance.

In the summer, CQC will introduce the option for providers to pay by instalments and by direct debit, to help them manage their cash flows.


GMB joins corporates in warning of care homes crisis

Posted on March 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off

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Four Seasons Health Care, Bupa and HC-One, the three biggest operators in the UK’s £24bn care home market, have been joined by the GMB union in warning that the system is in crisis.

GMB, which includes care home staff in its membership, have publicly support the warning from Britain’s biggest providers of care homes for elderly people that cuts to public funding for residents are ‘unsustainable’ and that more homes will close unless the situation improves. GMB national officer for social care Justin Bowden said repeated warnings from GMB that Southern Cross would collapse had been repeatedly ignored by government.

“Warnings that the entire care sector is in a slow motion collapse, albeit for different reasons to Southern Cross, are falling on the same deaf ears,” said Mr Bowden.

“If we are not prepared to learn the lessons of history, we … Read More »





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