Tag: Associations


Care-free holidays

Posted on June 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care-free holidays

Research by provider representative body Care England has shown that almost half of Brits (47%) have a holiday fund as opposed to only 3% who have a care home fund. Furthermore almost three quarters of Brits (73%) have no idea how much the average weekly cost of a room in residential care is and 56% of Brits have no idea as to whether they would be entitled to state funding for a stay in a care home.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the findings came at a time when social care was high on the political agenda.

“It shows that we as a sector need to do more to inform the public and dispel the myths that have evolved,” said Prof. Green.

“We hope that communities will engage with Care Home Open Day on Friday 16 June as a means … Read More »


Greensleeves Care supports the Care Workers Charity

Posted on June 8th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Greensleeves Care supports the Care Workers Charity

Not-for-profit provider Greensleeves Care is the latest organisation to join the Care Workers Charity Supporter’s Club, which provides vital support to care workers who experience hardship.

The Care Workers Charity supports the welfare needs of current, former and retired care sector workers. Paul Newman, chief executive of Greensleeves Care, said the company was delighted to support such an important cause.

“Our colleagues are the frontline and at the heart of Greensleeves Care,” said Mr Newman. “It is vital for us to ensure that they have somewhere to turn when they experience financial difficulty beyond their control.”

Alex Ramamurthy, chief executive of the Care Workers Charity said that, while care workers spend their careers looking after others, but when circumstances change, sometimes it’s the carers who need the help.

“That’s where the CWC steps in,” said Mr Ramamurthy. “We deliver hardship grants to care workers … Read More »


Care homes to celebrate friendship across local communities

Posted on June 7th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care homes to celebrate friendship across local communities

Once again care homes are planning to celebrate connections with their local communities. After a successful day of celebrating great care across the UK on Care Home Open Day 2016, with more than 4,300 care homes taking part, this year’s event is on the 16th June.

England’s external affairs advisor Louisa Collyer-Hamlin said that, with Care Home Open Day’s emphasis on the importance of connecting with local communities, developing lasting relationships and encouraging intergenerational rapport, the theme for this year will be “Friendship”.

“It’s the perfect recipe for having fun with your neighbours, feeding community spirit and helping to build stronger neighbourhood connections – so fits in nicely with the Care Home Open Day ethos,” said Ms Collyer-Hamlin.

“Care homes are encouraged to celebrate friendships that have developed between residents, families, friends and staff, as well as with their neighbours, to reinforce how … Read More »


Ahmed welcomes MPs’ report on post-Brexit recruitment

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Ahmed welcomes MPs’ report on post-Brexit recruitment

Caring Times, June 2017

Nadra Ahmed, co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition and chairman of the National Care Association,has welcomed a report from the House of Commons Health Committee on Brexit and health and social care.

“We are pleased to see that the committee recognises the incredible contribution our colleagues from mainland Europe and elsewhere outside the UK make throughout the health and social care sector,” said Mrs Ahmed.

“This talented and diverse group of people are essential to our ability to provide the best possible care to the people we proudly serve. The Cavendish Coalition welcomed the opportunity to provide evidence to the committee and to share our insight on the potential workforce supply issues for health and social care in the UK, arising from the UK’s departure from the EU.”


Care England launches judicial review of Essex fee rates

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care England launches judicial review of Essex fee rates

Caring Times, June 2017

Provider representative body Care England, in the face of opposition from Essex Council, is proceeding to judicial review of the fee rates Essex pays to independent care home providers.

The judicial review brought by Care England seeks to challenge the lawfulness of the Council’s fee setting decision in respect of the ‘old contract’ and its refusal to review the rates under the ‘new contract’. Care England believes the Council’s actions to date to be a breach of its responsibilities under the Care Act 2014.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the association was deeply concerned about the Council’s conduct towards the care home market within Essex and as a result, the sustainability of that market.

“This is an important challenge in support of providers in Essex and those new and existing residents receiving care,” said Prof. Green.


Care home nurses acclaimed as an ‘untapped resource’

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care home nurses acclaimed as an ‘untapped resource’

Caring Times, June 2017

Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the launch of Teaching Care Home Impact Report. This suite of reports sums up the Teaching Care Home Programme; ground-breaking, nurse-led pilots to improve the learning environment for staff working in homes, undergraduate nurse apprenticeships and all learning placements in care homes.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England says: “These pilots demonstrate that the care sector is a crucial part of the health and social care landscape. Both nurses and carers have a vital part to play in the professional nursing agenda. This initiative has fostered strong partnerships and goes some way to developing a sustainable workforce that takes pride in providing high quality, joined up care”.

The report was launched at the Care Home Parliamentary Reception in the House of Lords hosted by Baroness Greengross. Representatives from the pilot … Read More »


Retirement Living properties set to double in value in just over a decade, says JLL

Posted on May 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Retirement Living properties set to double in value in just over a decade, says JLL

Under supply of retirement living accommodation in the mid to upper market tiers and increase in life expectancy is driving strong re-sale and price growth in the retirement living market, according to real estate investment advisors JLL.

Analysis was undertaken by the firm into the performance of properties in the housing with care market, managed by members of the Associated Retirement Community Operators (ARCO) over the past 22 years. This form of housing comprises self-contained units with communal facilities and on-site care. It is the fastest growing form of housing in the retirement living sector.

The key finding is that this form of retirement living accommodation tends to follow UK house price growth. Since 1995 the compound growth rate for housing with care has been 6.0%, with an average price difference between sales of just over £41,000. JLL predicts that based on … Read More »


Turn back homecare clock, says the GMB union

Posted on April 28th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Turn back homecare clock, says the GMB union

Caring Times, May 2017

GMB London, the union for care workers, commented on the BBC Panorama investigation that a funding squeeze has seen care contracts cancelled with 95 councils.

Warren Kenny, GMB London region secretary, said “GMB has repeatedly warned that what BBC Panorama are reporting would happen as the funding given to councils to pay for social care has been cut leading to the closure of care homes and a crisis in the care of the vulnerable elderly.

“The crisis is the product of chronic underfunding by successive governments and society’s failure to face up to its responsibility to care for those who paid tax and national insurance all their lives in their times of need. The Government itself has the responsibility to fund the care of the elderly and other vulnerable adults.

“This is a false economy. It is giving rise to … Read More »


Changes to Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS)

Posted on April 28th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Changes to Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS)

Caring Times, May 2017

Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the changes that coroners will no longer have a duty to undertake an inquest into the death of every person who was subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive for Care England said: “Care England has worked hard to ensure that these changes take place. At present many older people with dementia, whose deaths are expected, are frequently subjected to investigations after death. Often police who are uniformed attend care homes under their legal duties and begin questioning staff and relatives as though a crime has been committed.

“This is extremely distressing for families, care home staff and fellow residents. Investigations into deaths under DoLS take needless time which prevents families from being able to mourn and … Read More »


RNHA questions rationale for reduction in Funded Nursing Care

Posted on April 28th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on RNHA questions rationale for reduction in Funded Nursing Care

Caring Times, May 2017

A reduction in Funded Nursing Care (FNC) from £156.25 to £155.00 per week, announced by the Department of Health in mid-March has been criticised by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA).

“It is difficult to put into words the disappointment felt over such a derisory reduction,” said the association’s chief executive Frank Ursell.

“One must ask the question where does this reduction sit in the whole scheme of things?

“The Budget reported a £2bn increase in funding and a Green Paper in the summer to look at the whole question of funding. In the meantime a payment which is made to individuals, whether funded by local authorities or themselves to cover the cost of their health care needs is to be reduced by £1.25 per week – an amount which will probably be lost in the transaction cost of making … Read More »



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