The proportion of care homes rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ increased in one in five local authority areas in 2017.
An analysis by older people’s charity Independent Age has found that a dramatic variation in the quality of care homes at a regional and local authority level across England continues to exist. The North West is the worst performing region, while London and the East of England are the best performing regions.
In some areas such as Tameside or Portsmouth, older people and their families continue to face little choice of quality care, with around one in two homes rated not good enough by the Care Quality Commission. The main regional findings are:
The North West contains five of the eight worst performing English local authorities on care home quality, with more than one in four care homes across the region performing poorly;
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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 2017, with more than 2,568 care homes taking part, this year’s event is on the Saturday, 21 April.
Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, 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 would be ‘Linking Communities’.
“In this day and age, care homes can and should be the hub of the community,” said Prof. Green.
“We at Care England are keen to support Care Home Open Day 2018 as a means of celebrating the links our members have with their wider communities. We encourage everyone to get involved to make it a … Read More »
Three months after it was published, the Government has now responded to the Competition & Markets Authority report on the care homes market, accepting only “in principle” the CMA’s recommendations to address market sustainability.
Provider representative body Care England says much of the Government’s response pushes the actual plan and any action on sustainability and capacity of provision into the forthcoming Social Care Green Paper.
“As such we are no further forward on issues relating to funding and market confidence in meeting the care needs of vulnerable people across England,” said Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green.
“The Government notes that it ‘would expect to see an increase in the fee levels paid to providers over the remainder of the Spending Review’ but this makes absolutely no commitment to ensure that those increases (if they happen at all) should be enough to … Read More »
Provider representative body Care England has expressed disappointment that the rate of NHS Funded Nursing Care increase announced for 2018/19 of 2% will not significantly relieve the huge pressure being felt in the nursing home sector.
The organisation’s chief executive, Professor Martin Green, said the increase would not address the current cost pressures for nursing in the sector.
“What we need to be clear on is that the cost of the rising dependency of nursing needs of residents exceeds the proposed rate rise,” said Prof. Green.
“The shortage of nurses – over which we have no control – means that recruiting nurses is a costly challenge along with increasing agency costs associated with rising nurse vacancies.
“The cost of employing nurses is rising with auto pension enrolment and other staff costs – we need to retain our nurses and offer the best employment packages … Read More »
Caring Times, March 2018
More than two thirds (67%) of families caring for disabled adults with complex needs live in fear of what will happen to their loved one when they are no longer able to provide support, according to a new report by the national disability charity Sense.
The report, ‘When I’m Gone’, reveals three in four (75%) families caring for a loved one with complex needs have no long-term plan in place for when they are no longer able to provide support. Nine out of 10 (95%) family carers say they have little to no trust in local authorities being able to provide adequate care to their loved one.
The report also highlights new Freedom of Information data that reveals only one in four councils are able to support disabled people and their carers to make contingency plans for future care … Read More »
Caring Times, March 2018
Birmingham City Council has denied accusations they will move residents receiving social care services should their provider not complete the tender process.
The chief executive of Care England, Professor Martin Green, has criticised the Commissioning Strategy for Social Care which was approved by Birmingham CC’s cabinet last December.
Prof. Green insisted the new strategy means that should providers of social care for people under 65 years old not complete the tender process, the council will have to stop making new placements and ‘will move existing service users to a new contracted provider.’
He warned providers must be allowed to take decisions that ensure the stability of the service and they should not be ‘pressurised’ to submit tenders ‘they do not feel comfortable with.’
“We need to know urgently if current residents and their families have been warned by the council that … Read More »
Provider representative body Care England has won the right to intervene in the Court of Appeal’s sleep-in-shift case – with the hope of solving the impending £400m financial crisis for care providers, mainly those who provide specialist care.
With the hearing set for 20-21 March this year, law firm Anthony Collins Solicitors are acting for Care England, with the body given the opportunity to pursue new arguments not yet considered in the Royal Mencap Society vs Tomlinson-Blake Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) case to date.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that, if the existing decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal were upheld, it would be a watershed moment for the sector, with profound affects for the viability of residential domiciliary and supported care which supports 1.2m vulnerable people across the country.
“I cannot stress the magnitude of this opportunity for our … Read More »
Caring Times, February 2018
Three years since it was founded with the aim of promoting the very best quality care in the Bradford District, Bradford Care Association (BCA) now counts more than 70% of the city’s residential and nursing homes, as well as domiciliary care providers, as members.
These organisations benefit from being able to share best practice, having access to the latest training opportunities and being kept up to date with news from all areas of the public sector, including the Care Quality Commission and the NHS. Crucially the BCA is also involved in negotiating fee increases with the Local Authority and the Clinical Commissioning Groups for publicly funded service users.
BCA’s chairman is Konrad Czajka, who is the Managing Director of Saltaire based Czajka Care Group. He says: “We launched Bradford Care Association in late 2014 to enhance the standard of … Read More »
The CareTech Foundation, a grant-making corporate charitable foundation, announced significant grants and collaborative support for its first three strategic partners at the Houses of Parliament in early February.
Founded by CareTech Holdings plc, a major provider of social care services, supporting adults and children with a wide range of complex needs in more than 260 specialist services across the UK, the foundation was launched in December and has already made a number of small grants nominated by CareTech staff. The event at Westminster announced three major beneficiaries – the childrens’ charity Barnados, the British Asian Trust (BAT), which tackles poverty across South Asia and kills for Care, which supports the adult social care workforce in England, to attract more talented people with the right values to work in the sector.
A specific aim of the CareTech Foundation’s donations and working relationships is … Read More »
Responding to the Home Affairs Committee’s immigration report, the Cavendish Coalition,a group of 37 health and social care organisations that has come together to ensure that the health and social care system can continue to meet its staffing needs following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, has called for more detail.
Cavendish Coalition co-convenor Nadra Ahmed said the report highlighted the huge challenges faced by UK employers in securing their current and future workforce during a period of great uncertainty.
“The health and social care system remains under intolerable pressure and we simply cannot afford to lose the talented EU staff we currently employ,” said Mrs Ahmed.
“Faced with shortages of key staff and skills which cannot be met domestically, it’s imperative we do not continue to see fewer colleagues choosing the UK. We welcomed the December confirmation that the rights of … Read More »