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 »
National older people’s charity Age UK says that, since 2011 almost four million hospital bed days have been lost through delayed discharges due to problems securing social care, with delays getting homecare rocketing by 209% in six years.
The charity says it’s getting worse, with the starkest increase occurring between 2015/16 and 2016/17, when there was a 27.2% rise in the number of bed days lost through an inability to have social care arrangements in place, from 695,037 days, to 954,799 days.
And the latest available figures show that in the period between April and July 2017, there have been 13.2% more days lost to social care than during the same period in 2016. Whilst there is no age breakdown available for patients affected by delayed hospital discharge they are typically older people. Age UK charity director Caroline Abrahams said the figures … Read More »
Using people private homes as ‘Carebnbs’ to relieve pressure on the NHS drew national media attention in late October, reporting that Southend University Hospital had pulled-out of a trial of the scheme.
The hospital distanced itself from the widely-criticised Airbnb-style pilot scheme after it was criticised by both health groups and politicians.
However, health minister Philip Dunne, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, said he ‘wouldn’t immediately reject’ the idea as ‘one’s got to trial different things’.
“This is not national policy, anything innovative needs to be very carefully scrutinised and assessed before we proceed with it,” said Mr Dunne.
“I wouldn’t say that new models of care in the community are necessarily wrong.”
The scheme – now dubbed ‘Carebnb’ – would have been trialled in Essex with around 30 hospital patients staying in local residents’ spare rooms while they wait to be discharged.
Healthcare start-up … Read More »
Research by Which? has found that almost half of people (48%) who had arranged care for themselves or a loved one said there weren’t any places in at least one of the local care homes they considered.
The Which? survey asked people who had arranged care for themselves or a loved one in the past 12 months to share their experiences of the care sector and found that a lack of good local places meant many people were staying in, or moving loved ones into, care homes they weren’t satisfied with, with almost one in five people (17%) saying they settled for a care home they had reservations about.
A similar number (16%) ended up opting for a home away from friends and family. Commenting on the Which? research, Alzheimer’s Society senior policy officer Dominic Carter said the findings echoed what the … Read More »
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 »
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.”
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 »
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 »
A campaign supporting the rights of families to visit at any time and help with care to those living with dementia in care homes is to be launched on Tuesday, October 24th.
Originally introduced to hospitals, John’s Campaign was set up by Nicci Gerrard and her friend Julia Jones, after the death of Nicci’s father John following a catastrophic hospital stay.
The campaign upholds family values and expects dignity in care and is fully supported by Age UK, Alzheimer’s Society and many other organisations.
This project now welcomes care homes to join – supported by Care England and the Care Quality Commission. Maggie Candy, regional manager for Guide Total Care Group, which has taken up John’s Campaign, said it was particularly applicable to care homes.
“This ethos fits in with all personalisation including ‘End of Care’ and Gold Standards thinking,” said Ms Candy.
Guide at Sandon, a … Read More »
A decision by the Welsh Government to include social care as one of five key priority areas for its new economic strategy has been hailed
as a “potential game-changer” for the sector.
The five priorty areas identified by the Welsh Government under its ‘Prosperity for All’ strategy are early years, housing, social care, mental health and skills and employability.
According to provider representative body Care Forum Wales, independent care homes and domiciliary care companies are now getting the recognition they deserve for the £3bn-a-year contribution they help make to the economy and to communities across Wales.
The announcement by First Minister Carwyn Jones was welcomed by the organisation’s chairman, Mario Kreft. It was, he said, a particularly timely boost when a number of care homes and homecare companies were having to close or give up their contracts because they were not financially viable.
“In Wales … Read More »