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Councils cut meals on wheels services

Posted on January 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Councils cut meals on wheels services

Caring Times, January 2017

The number of councils providing meals on wheels to vulnerable older people has dropped below 50% for the first time.

Research for the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) shows that just 48% of authorities provide a service compared with 66% only two years ago.

The NACC says under-investment is putting elderly people at risk and will place unnecessary pressure on the NHS because meals services help prevent hospital admissions and extend the time residents can live at home.

NICE (the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) has previously identified better nutritional care as the third largest source of cost savings to the NHS.

The study, carried out by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) on behalf of NACC showed:

• The North West of England is doing the least with only 17% of authorities providing a meals on wheels … Read More »


Committee looks to Manchester for solutions

Posted on January 13th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Committee looks to Manchester for solutions

Caring Times, January 2017

In early December, the House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS met to take evidence from the leaders of the new Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership, the devolved body which now controls a £6bn annual budget to deliver health and social care in Greater Manchester.

The Committee wanted to explore whether the pioneering devolved model in Manchester could provide lessons that different regions or UK as a whole could learn from when delivering sustainable health services to an ageing population with increasingly complex healthcare needs.

Questions covered the impact of devolution on health and social care in Greater Manchester including how funding is now distributed differently around the system, the effect on workforce planning and what benefits the devolution has produced in integrating health and social care services.

The Committee also sought information about … Read More »


Competition body to examine care home market

Posted on December 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. Comments Off on Competition body to examine care home market

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a market study into care homes for elderly people, to assess how well the market works, and whether people are being treated fairly.

CMA acting chief executive Andrea Coscelli said that, as well as looking at reports of potentially unfair practices and contract terms being used by some care homes, the study would also evaluate the effectiveness of competition between care homes in driving quality and value for money for residents and taxpayers, and would also consider how local authorities and other public bodies purchase and assign care home places, and how they encourage and shape local supply.

“We want to hear from care home providers about the services they offer and any challenges they face,” said Ms Coscelli.

Views are welcomed on any of the issues raised in the Statement of Scope – https://www.gov.uk/cma-cases/care-homes-market-studyRead More »


Social care leader slams ‘institutional prejudice’

Posted on March 31st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Social care leader slams ‘institutional prejudice’

Care Forum Wales chair Mario Kreft has hit out against what he calls the ‘institutional prejudice’ towards private companies providing services for vulnerable people.

Speaking at a meeting of the Five Nations group, which represents social care providers from the four home countries and Eire, Mr Kreft said outdated attitudes were blighting the sector at a time when the need for collaboration and partnership had never been greater.

“Unfortunately, there is a significant degree of unfair institutional prejudice against the independent sector here in Wales and elsewhere in the UK and Ireland,” said Mr Kreft.

“There are still many people who appear to resent the fact that independent providers need to be financially viable to stay in business and provide high quality services. I was talking to a nurse recently who left the NHS and joined a very reputable private sector organisation and … Read More »


Small Business Commissioner’s role should include public bodies, says Care England

Posted on September 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Small Business Commissioner’s role should include public bodies, says Care England

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Following a Business, Innovation and Skills consultation on the appointment of a Small Business Commissioner, care providers’ representative body Care England says there is scope for the proposed Small Business Commissioner to assist providers and thereby avoid high legal costs for both parties.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said independent care providers were heavily dependent on public sector purchasers who are monopoly commissioners.

“As such there is a considerable power imbalance when it comes to contracts being changed by the commissioner or payments from them being delayed,” said Prof. Green.

Care England is adamant that if the Commissioner role is to have teeth it should cover circumstances beyond business-to-business relationships and instead consider the relationship between public bodies such as local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups with private and charitable providers.

“Such providers collectively employ more people than the NHS … Read More »


‘This has to stop’ says abuse charity after CQC moves residents out of care home at night

Posted on August 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘This has to stop’ says abuse charity after CQC moves residents out of care home at night

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In the wake of the urgent closures by the Care Quality Commission of the Merok Park nursing home in Surrey last December and the more recent closure of the Old Village School Hall nursing home in Bedfordshire, the charity Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has called for a change in the law to protect residents affected by urgent closures.

AEA says that, in the case of Merok Park, the transfer arrangement collapsed into confusion and chaos, with 26 residents moved in winter, at night and in the cold. In the case of the Old Village School Hall some 50 residents were moved, many after 6.30pm and some after 10pm, with some relatives describing the process as having caused huge distress to old, vulnerable people.

AEA has written to care minister Alistair Burt, calling for a change in the legal status … Read More »


Living wage plan will put providers in deep financial trouble, says West Midlands Care Association

Posted on July 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Living wage plan will put providers in deep financial trouble, says West Midlands Care Association

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Care home operators in the West Midlands say they face a bleak and uncertain future following living wage budget reforms announced by George Osborne. Debbie Le Quesne, chief executive of West Midlands Care Association (WMCA), which represents private sector care providers, warned the industry was at “breaking point.”

An impact survey by the association suggests any benefits found with reductions in Corporation tax – a fall to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020 – will not plug an ever-widening chasm between realistic operational costs and fees paid for care by local authorities. Under the Chancellor’s plans, workers aged over 25 will get a minimum of £7.20 an hour from April next year, rising to £9 by 2020. The Government says this will mean a direct pay rise for 2.5 million workers of an average of £5,000 by 2020.

But … Read More »


Govt takes a raincheck on care cap – not a delay but an abandonment, says Lamb

Posted on July 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Govt takes a raincheck on care cap – not a delay but an abandonment, says Lamb

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Following last week’s announcement that the Government is to delay the introduction of a £72,000 cap on social care costs until April 2020, former coalition government care services minister Norman Lamb described the move as an abandonment, not a delay.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ programme on Saturday, Mr Lamb said that, if the Government was delaying now because of funding pressures, the funding pressures in 2020, under a system that was creaking already, would be worse.

“It’s gone, it’s abandoned,” said Mr Lamb. “I can envisage no circumstances in which a Tory government in 2020 will see it as a priority to fund this reform. It was only the Lib. Dems who got this through government. Now, as soon as the Tories are in government on their own, they abandon it.

In a letter to the Local Government Association … Read More »


Unfunded National Living Wage will put care services into crisis, says Care England

Posted on July 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Unfunded National Living Wage will put care services into crisis, says Care England

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Care England, which represents care providers, says the Chancellor must put more money into the care sector to fund his announcement of a National Living Wage.

The association’s chief executive, Professor Martin Green, said the care sector could not sustain an unfunded increase in labour costs.

“We have been calling for the Government to establish a Living Wage, but have underlined that this can only be done when the Government funds care properly,” said Prof. Green.

“In many areas, local authorities are funding older people’s residential care at a rate which works out to be about £3.301 an hour, and is totally unsustainable. With 60% of costs in staffing, the announcement of a significant increase in staff costs, will leave some businesses unable to survive.

“Care is a regulated sector, and so services cannot by law reduce staffing levels and this measure, … Read More »


More than half of councils unable to meet all requests for care

Posted on May 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on More than half of councils unable to meet all requests for care

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Almost half councils in the UK (48%) are unable to provide care for everyone who requests it at the first point of asking, according to research conducted by the nursing and care staff agency Prestige Nursing + Care.

Freedom of Information requests submitted to 103 UK councils for the period 1st – 31st January 2015 showed that almost half of Councils were unable to find a care provider to cover all care requests. The number of unfilled hours ranged from 21 hours to 4,124 over the month. The average number of hours not placed at the first point of asking across all councils was 582 per month – equivalent to the hours worked by five additional care workers. When assessing just those councils where not all care was immediately placed, this rose to an average of 1,221 hours per … Read More »



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