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NICE issues draft guidance on hospital discharge into social care settings

Posted on May 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NICE issues draft guidance on hospital discharge into social care settings

A draft social care has been issued by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) and is open for consultation until Tuesday, May 17th.

The guidance, ‘Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs’, can be found at:

Transition between inpatient hospital settings and community or care home settings for adults with social care needs | Guidance and guidelines | NICE

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NCA: providers confused by fundamental errors in launch of new fundamental standards

Posted on October 14th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on NCA: providers confused by fundamental errors in launch of new fundamental standards

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The National Care Association (NCA) says its members are confused by the Care Quality Commission’s implementation of the new fundamental standards and the issuing of two provider handbooks; one covering community adult social care services, and the other covering residential adult social care services.

NCA vice-chairman Mandy Thorn said members were concerned, frustrated and in some cases “very cross” at the confusion that surrounds the introduction of the new fundamental standards and quality ratings system.

One concern is that the Key Lines of Enquiry relating to the new Fundamental Standards were published on 25th September and implemented on 1st October, giving providers five days to make the changes required before inspections start implementing the Fundamental Standards. NCA says the handbooks explaining how the new arrangements are to be implemented were published nine days after implementation of the new method of … Read More »


Your Care Rating survey – deadline to joining extended

Posted on June 16th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head, CT Extra. Comments Off on Your Care Rating survey – deadline to joining extended

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Following the success of the 2013 survey, Your Care Rating is inviting every care home provider in the UK to join this year’s survey. This year it is extending the deadline for joining until 14 July to make it easier for providers to sign up.

Your Care Rating is also launching a new campaign to promote the benefits from joining the survey. The new marketing campaign will feature e-shots and brochures being distributed to all of the UK’s main care home providers using databases from such organisations as Care England, the National Care Forum and NAPA. The benefits to providers joining the survey this year are extensive, including dashboard reports with benchmarks for each home, a publicly facing website which lists the main scores, resident verbatim reports, a results “Reportal” for each provider with access to all of their … Read More »


NICE chooses Thornbank as a ‘beacon of excellence’

Posted on February 27th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, March 2014

Thornbank care home in Ipswich, owned by Greensleeves Homes Trust, has been selected by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence as a beacon of excellence in tackling health and mental wellbeing.

NICE is publishing new standards to help address loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people. It filmed activities at Thornbank to show meaningful and uplifting activities that can be adopted to improve the quality and experience of care.

In a film to accompany the launch of the new standards, NICE shows residents at Thornbank hooking up with American friends in Washington DC. This activity has also been picked up by the media in the USA. Homes in New York and in Wales are also contacted in this way. Lyn Andrews, activities co-ordinator, Thornbank, said: “Skypeing is great as the residents talk with people they would … Read More »


NICE releases standards to improve mental health

Posted on January 27th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, February 2014

 

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has published new standards to help care homes tackle loneliness, depression and low self-esteem in older people.

With the number of older people in the UK set to rise to 16 million over the next 20 years and more people living longer than ever before, NICE is advising that services should be configured to ensure they receive excellent care and support.

Professor Gillian Leng, director of health and social care at NICE, said: “As the UK prepares for the family-focused festivities of Christmas, NICE is issuing a timely reminder to care home staff not to forget about older people in their charge.

“Throughout the year, many people are looked after extremely well, but others may not be so fortunate. For instance, some care home workers may find it hard to look after … Read More »


Online feedback to drive CQC inspections

Posted on August 25th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, September 2013

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is inviting websites to share their reviews of care services, as a vital part of its monitoring and inspection activities.   A new scheme will allow reviews, both good and bad, posted on care and health ratings sites to be fed into the picture that CQC holds on care services and ultimately inform decisions on whether or not to inspect.   The scheme is open to health and care feedback websites and directories that gather and capture reviews of care services in England. For a rating site to take part in this initiative it must:

·        accept reviews and/or ratings of CQC regulated services from the public. ·        take both good and bad reviews – not just testimonials. ·        receive more than 50 reviews per month. ·         not give … Read More »


This year’s ‘Your Care Rating’ survey draws more than double the number of participants

Posted on August 25th, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, September 2013

Participation in the Your Care Rating 2013 has more than doubled on last year, to 30 organisations, covering more than 60,000 residents. Your Care Rating is a survey of care home residents designed to promote quality improvement and help those choosing care homes.

The 2013 survey will be carried out in September and October by market research company, Ipsos-Mori, who will also analyse the results before they are published by participating care homes in December. The 2013 Your Care Rating survey will represent the views of more than 60,000 residents in over 1,200 participating care homes.

The new operators for this year include Abbeyfield, Belong, CLS Care Homes, European Care, Gracewell Healthcare, Hallmark, Helen McArdle Care, Jewish Care, Maria Mallaband and Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. “Your Care Rating is open to all care providers and we are delighted to … Read More »


NICE issues quality standards for dementia

Posted on April 26th, by geoff in Caring Times head, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, May 2013

Dementia is one of the first conditions to have been given social care quality standards by the renamed National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in April.

The standards include a set of 10 statements for care homes and services to follow in order to maintain the mental and physical health and wellbeing of people with dementia. The standards range from people with dementia being given choice and control in decisions affecting their care through to being enabled to take part in activities based on their individual interests.

Alzheimer’s Society comment: ‘There are 800,000 people living with dementia in the UK, many of whom rely on some form of social care. Whilst many people receive excellent quality care, too often standards are falling short and people are being denied the quality of life they deserve. It’s a welcome … Read More »


RNHA: Francis Report highlights link between funding and quality of care

Posted on April 1st, by geoff in Caring Times, Caring Times head. No Comments

Caring Times, April 2013

The need to slash spending on frontline patient services appears to have been one of the key factors behind the fall in vital care standards at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, it was claimed following publication of the Francis report on the underlying causes of the corporate and individual failings that led to so many unnecessary deaths.

The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA) said the financial pressures on the Mid Staffordshire Trust had been considerable as it prepared for foundation status. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said there was a direct link between the amount of money available for frontline services at any moment in time, the level of demand for those services, and the standards of care being provided.

“In the light of the Francis report, we in the long-term care sector are concerned on two fronts,” said … Read More »


NICE appoints SCIE to develop care standards

Posted on February 1st, by geoff in Caring Times, CT Extra. No Comments

Caring Times, February 2013

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has awarded a contract to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and its partner organisations, to support the development, adoption and dissemination of its social care guidance and quality standards from 1 April, as the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.

Developing social care guidance and quality standards is a new responsibility for NICE, as outlined in the government’s Health and Social Care Act (2012). From 1 April, NICE will expand its remit and to reflect this, it will be known as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care will use NICE’s methods and processes to develop social care guidance for NICE. NICE will then use these as a basis for its quality standards for social care. The Centre will … Read More »



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