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No more ‘make do and mend’

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on No more ‘make do and mend’

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.”


Healthwatch looks at life in a care home

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Healthwatch looks at life in a care home

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 »


Care England confirms annual conference speaker line-up

Posted on October 5th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care England confirms annual conference speaker line-up

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 »


Campaign launch to improve family access to care homes

Posted on September 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Campaign launch to improve family access to care homes

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 »


Wales puts social care in top rank of priorities

Posted on September 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Wales puts social care in top rank of priorities

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 »


‘People willing to pay more tax to fund social care’ says FCC report

Posted on September 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘People willing to pay more tax to fund social care’ says FCC report

A UK-wide poll commissioned by the charity Future Care Capital (FCC) has found that most people support income tax rises to increase funding available for adult social care.

A key finding was that most of those questioned said people should be required to plan ahead – 67% agree that people should be required to plan and prepare financially for later life, whilst 49% agree that they should be required to plan and prepare financially for adult social care services they might require later in life.

The charity has also commissioned a UK-wide poll through Ipsos MORI to gauge public opinion about preparing for and managing future care needs.

FCC chief executive Dean James said public attitudes about adult social care were changing

“Our poll shows that the public are willing to contribute more through tax to increase funding available for adult social care,” said … Read More »


No more ‘make do and mend’

Posted on August 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on No more ‘make do and mend’

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 the leaderships of 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 with the result being that many vulnerable people are now forced to rely on friends and family or are unable to access care at all. Parliament has made clear that … Read More »


Local government seen as an obstacle to national planning for social care

Posted on August 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Local government seen as an obstacle to national planning for social care

Social care needs to become part of the ‘national infrastructure’ on a footing similar to that of the National Health Service, with a reduction in the role

of local authorities, according to Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green.

Interviewed by BBC Radio 4’s John Humphrys on the Today programme in the wake of a report published in the Lancet which says an extra 71,000 care home places will be needed over the coming eight years, Prof. Green said swift action was needed with planning for the next 20 to 30 years rather than focusing on a five-year timeframe dictated by the electoral cycle.

“What we need is the Government to see social care as part of national infrastructure,” said Prof. Green.

“If we want to have uniformity across the country, with everybody having the same opportunities. we’ve got to have a national policy. … Read More »


Speaker line-up confirmed for Care England Conference 2017

Posted on August 8th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Speaker line-up confirmed for Care England Conference 2017

The speaker line-up has now been finalised for the Care England 2017 conference & exhibition, ‘Shaping Tomorrow’, which will take place 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. He will be followed by 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 on care provision will be delivered by Sue Jauncey, the founder of Pulse Australasia. Her presentation, ‘Culture Change. Learning … Read More »


Cycle Challenge raises £11,000 for The Care Workers Charity

Posted on August 7th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Cycle Challenge raises £11,000 for The Care Workers Charity

Caring Times, July/August 2017

In May, thirty riders embarked on the first ‘Carter Schwartz Cycle Challenge’ – two cycling groups, one completing a 75-mile route and the other, 125 miles from London to the Cotswolds ending up at the Fish Hotel for a Gin reception, courtesy of Chase Distillery.

Sponsored by the Octopus Fund and Caring Times, the event raised £11,000 for the Care Workers Charity, created a buzz around this important cause and a deep sense of satisfaction from all that took part.

A charity auction, dinner and networking at the bar followed the the Challenge in which a total of more than 10,000ft of elevation was climbed with the 125-mile group claiming 6,500ft of that themselves. Two riders came off their bikes with one serious injury and a total of four punctures led to some tall tales, knocked egos but no … Read More »



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