Tag: Associations


Care England launches judicial review

Posted on April 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care England launches judicial review

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 England questions LD registration criteria

Posted on April 4th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care England questions LD registration criteria

Caring Times, April 2017

Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has responded to CQC’s latest consultation on its next phase of regulation – Annexe B on LD services – warning that services should be registered on the prospective outcomes that they will achieve for people not simply on their size. Other factors need to be taken into account to assess whether those outcomes will be of the quality necessary to support registration.

Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England, says: “Care England supports CQC’s drive to improve the way that care is given post Winterbourne. We are concerned that the real life application of the current guidance that states that CQC will only register units of 6 beds or fewer will not offer genuine choice. The ‘six bed rule’ seems to be the primary, … Read More »


Families say social care services have got worse

Posted on April 4th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Families say social care services have got worse

Caring Times, April 2017

UK families say that care services for children and older people have got worse in the last five years. But they reserve their harshest criticism for care of older people, particularly home care services, according to reviews reported to Good Care Guide.

More than two-fifths of reviews of home care agencies in 2016 rated them as poor or bad for quality of service and for value for money. This is particularly worrying given government policy is for more older people to be cared for at home and supported outside hospitals or care homes. Based on an analysis of 9,000 reviews left by families on the Good Care Guide website, the latest research shows:

– In 2012 22.7% of home care agencies were rated poor or bad for quality of service by older people and their families
– by 2016 this … Read More »


Burton paper says CQC is neither effective nor responsive

Posted on March 10th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Burton paper says CQC is neither effective nor responsive

Caring Times, March 2017

The Centre for Welfare Reform has published a new discussion paper outlining the systemic failures of the care regulator the Care Quality Commission (CQC) whose design makes it incapable of effectively protecting people from abuse or improving standards of care.

The author of the paper, John Burton, argues that CQC does more harm than good: “The Care Quality Commission is not effective or responsive; it doesn’t understand how social care works; it rarely uncovers neglect and abuse, and it responds too slowly when they are brought to its attention; its judgements are flawed and its ratings inaccurate and unhelpful; its inspection reports are poorly written and constructed; it costs much more than it should and imposes vast unnecessary costs on social care providers; it dominates and distorts the whole social care sector, and the organisation is blinkered, risk … Read More »


Care England questions LD registration criteria

Posted on February 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care England questions LD registration criteria

Care providers’ association Care England has responded to CQC’s latest consultation on its next phase of regulation – Annexe B on Learning Disability services – warning that services should be registered on the prospective outcomes that they will achieve for people, not simply on their size.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said his members were concerned by the real life application of the current guidance that states that CQC will only register units of six beds or fewer will not offer genuine choice.

“The ‘six bed rule’ seems to be the primary, and in some cases, the only factor in deciding if registration will be granted,” said Prof. Green.

“This is contrary to the need to look at a range of factors to determine what is suitable for people living in the community and will work counter to the establishment of suitable … Read More »


‘Put aside prejudice about the private sector’ says Kreft

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on ‘Put aside prejudice about the private sector’ says Kreft

Caring Times, February 2017

A social care leader is calling for the authorities to put prejudice about the private sector in to one side to solve the crisis facing the NHS this winter. Mario Kreft, the chair of Care Forum Wales, stressed the need for everybody to work in partnership following the publication of a report by the Welsh Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee into “winter preparedness”.

According to Mr Kreft, the key findings chimed with what Care Forum Wales had been saying more many years. The report’s first recommendation was that there needed to be more integration between the health and social care sectors and that, crucially, the independent sector needed to be part of the solution The report also highlighted concerns about the financial viability of the sector in the light of the many care home closures which … Read More »


EU nationals must stay, says the Cavendish Commission

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on EU nationals must stay, says the Cavendish Commission

Caring Times, February 2017

Responding to British Future’s inquiry into EU nationals living in the UK, Cavendish Coalition chair, Danny Mortimer, said: “Quickly confirming the right to remain for EU nationals currently working in social care and health across the UK removes the uncertainty and anxiety for individuals and their families and mitigates the risk of staff leaving.

“After consulting a wide array of organisations including the Cavendish Coalition, British Future has put forward a set of recommendations which would provide this certainty. We urge the Government to take these fair and reasonable proposals very seriously.”


BGS issues guidance on health services for people living in care homes

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on BGS issues guidance on health services for people living in care homes

Caring Times, February 2017

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) calls for everyone who commissions or provides healthcare in care homes to follow the principles of good practice set out in the guidance it published in January, so that every older person who lives in a care home in the UK has access to high quality healthcare which fully meets their needs.

Based on the clinical expertise of its members the updated BGS guidance sets out clinical and service priorities for how best practice can be achieved, and provides clear indicators of what successful delivery looks like for older people, their families and carers.

In the UK 405,000 people over the age of 65 years old currently live in care homes. This represents 16% of older people over the age of 85. Their healthcare needs are complex and the average care home resident has multiple long-term … Read More »


‘Bring forward Better Care Fund cash’, says Humphries

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on ‘Bring forward Better Care Fund cash’, says Humphries

Caring Times, February 2017

Following revelations that the Government is considering allowing local authorities to increase council tax to boost social care funding,the King’s Fund’s assistant director of policy Richard Humphries said the increasingly threadbare nature of the social care safety net was taking an unacceptable toll on older people, their families and their carers.

“Addressing this is a key test of the Prime Minister’s commitment to a more equal country that works for everyone,” said Mr Humphries.

“Allowing local authorities to raise council tax would provide some welcome extra funding, but our analysis shows this would raise only a relatively small amount of money and would widen existing inequalities as less affluent areas are able to raise less.

“It would be much better to raise funding by bringing forward money from the Better Care Fund. Even if there is more funding for social … Read More »


Alzheimer’s Society welcomes David Cameron’s appointment as new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Posted on January 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Alzheimer’s Society welcomes David Cameron’s appointment as new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK

Former prime minister David Cameron has today (Wednesday, 25th January) been announced as the new president of Alzheimer’s Research UK. Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said decades of underfunding had seen dementia research lagging more than 20 years behind the progress seen in cancer research, which received more than six times more funding than dementia.

“David Cameron’s new role as president of Alzheimer’s Research UK will help to keep the spotlight on dementia at a time when we’re all putting the foot on the gas to accelerate dementia research,” said Mr Hughes “Last year, Alzheimer’s Society made its biggest single commitment to dementia research, investing £50m in the UK’s landmark Dementia Research Institute. “However, better care for everyone’s parents and grandparents today is just as important as the search for a cure for our grandchildren. As the nation’s health and social … Read More »



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