Three young people started integrated health and social care apprenticeships in October – the first in Devon.
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Devon County Council have teamed up to provide apprenticeship opportunities across both health and social care for the first time. The Trust and the Council have both offered lots of apprenticeship programmes as separate organisations but this is the first time they’ve joined up to provide apprenticeship opportunities that cover both types of care.
Gail Richards, training manager and apprentice lead at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said the move reflected the closer working and integration between health and social care in Devon, with teams of nurses, occupational therapists and social care workers working together to deliver care that is centred around the individual, whether they need support at home, or in a care home, or have been admitted … Read More »
Care workers’ union GMB will join care provider HC One and a delegation of older people later today (December 20) to deliver a Christmas card to the Prime Minister asking her to grant carers’ Yuletide wish for end to the funding crisis in care.
The union will head to 10 Downing Street, Westminster, at 3pm today to deliver the Christmas message. The Christmas card, co-signed by care home provider HC-One urges the PM to show those who work in care, the patients and their families, as well as the public, that the government values the work and service of the care sector.
Today’s initiative forms part of GMB’s #WeCare campaign celebrating the work of members working in care this Christmas. It comes as new analysis from the Labour Party this morning shows 2.3 million older missing out on vital social to help … Read More »
Caring Times, December 2017
The Government has again failed to tackle the funding of sleep in care, says the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), responding to the latest development in the long-running wages wrangle over how sleep-in shifts, where carers sleep through the night unless awoken to respond to residents’ care needs, should be paid for.
The national umbrella group, which represents disability charities, says the ‘sleep-in crisis’ remains critical and unresolved despite repeated calls for action from across the social care sector. Following the earlier hiatus in enforcement, VODG raised significant concerns but committed to working with Government to find a solution.
However, while the latest announcement about a new Social Care Compliance Scheme (SCCS) offers an apparent way forward, there are no assurances on how to fund the devastating retrospective cost.
VODG says that Government’s plans fall well short of what is … Read More »
Commenting on NHS England’s decision to offer free flu vaccinations to care home workers, Professor Martin Green, chief executive of independent provider representative body Care England, said his organisation had long campaigned on the issue.
“In the past the independent sector has been overlooked and providers have had to foot the bill themselves which, in a climate of severe financial pressures, has been difficult,” said Prof. Green.
“Being ready for winter and offering extra capacity to the already stretched NHS is yet another area where the independent sector can help.”
In a circular from NHS England, Department of Health and Public Health England the new programme for vaccinating people at risk was unveiled. It highlighted the virulent strain of flu in Australia and New Zealand and echoed messages of needing to prepare front line health and social care staff.
The International Longevity Centre – … Read More »
Caring Times, November 2017
The International Longevity Centre – UK (ILC-UK), has called on the Government to work to ensure that more social care staff receive the winter flu vaccination.
Whilst the Government recommends that all adult social care workers receive the flu jab, they are not eligible to receive the vaccination on the NHS. The ILC says the flu epidemic in care homes in Wigan last winter, which led to 30 cases of flu, eight deaths, and Wigan Infirmary and the North West Ambulance Service facing additional pressures, is a case study of the toll that low uptake of flu vaccination among care home staff can have on residents and the NHS.
David Sinclair, director of the International Longevity Centre – UK said that, with Simon Stevens’ call for the NHS to ready itself for a particularly bad winter flu season, it … Read More »
Specialist care sector property consultancy Carterwood has launched a staffing and dementia analysis service for older people’s care homes.
The bespoke, site-specific analysis is designed to help operators mitigate risk and respond to the opportunities presented by the staffing crisis and demand for specialist dementia care.
Co-founder and director of Carterwood, Ben Hartley said the new staffing analysis report provided a detailed study of a new development’s proposed staff catchment area, to help reduce the risk of investing millions of pounds into a new care home, only to be unable to recruit sufficient staff.
“Staffing and dementia are two of the biggest issues in social care today.,” said Mr Hartley.
“We have responded with an innovative, detailed analysis of Great Britain’s care home staffing market, and with an extensive dementia provision survey into more than 10,000 care homes across the UK. The care home … Read More »
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Social care providers have blasted the practice of “zero hours commissioning” by local authorities across Wales.
According to Care Forum Wales, the way domiciliary care was procured and the tendering processes that were unfit for purpose meant that zero hours contracts were the only viable option in many cases.
Even so, the constant pressure by councils to drive down prices through the procurement process meant an increasing number of companies were either going out of business or having to hand the contracts back because they were not sustainable.
Chair Mario Kreft was speaking as the Welsh Government announced plans to curb the use of zero-hours contracts and protect care time in the social care sector, have been unveiled by the Welsh Government.
Mr Kreft also called for an end to 15-minute calls for all but the most simple of tasks like … Read More »
Provider representative body Care England has published results of its survey on pay, and says the finding affirm the fragility of the system owing to
inadequate and unsustainable fees from local authorities.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the survey made it clear that providers were expecting higher staffing costs and falling profits whilst demand continued to increase.
“In order to manage this, providers are anticipating fewer local authority placements while investing in technology and services to respond to demand,” said Prof. Green.
“The sector can and must adapt, but dynamics are shifting and unless local authorities pay the commensurate rate to providers there will be a lack of capacity for local authority funded residents and the ongoing workforce challenges will not be addressed.”
96% of providers expected their overall staffing budget to increase this year and all expected further increases over … Read More »
The Government has announced that it has temporarily suspended enforcement activity and is waiving historic financial penalties against employers concerning sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector.
Last week specialist care provider organisations said the sector was approaching a crunch over sleep-ins and called on government to clarify its position. Today, the Government has said it will waive historic financial penalties owed by employers who have underpaid their workers for overnight sleep-in shifts before 26 July 2017; and temporarily suspend HMRC enforcement activity concerning payment of sleep-in shifts by social care providers until 2nd October 2017.
Government reaffirmed its expectation that all employers pay their workers according to the law, including for sleep-in shifts, as set out in guidance entitled “Calculating the National Minimum Wage”.
The Government says it will continue to look at the issue alongside industry representatives to see whether … Read More »
The nursing shortage in the UK is becoming more acute, according to a sector analysis report published by commercial property specialists Christie & Co.
The report, Adult Social Care 2017: Funding, Staffing & the Bed Blocking Challenge, surveyed every local authority, using Freedom of Information requests, and more than 200 leading operators across elderly and specialist care in the UK in order to understand the ongoing, as well as new issues, faced by the care sector. Following on from reports over the previous two years, latest figures show that there has been a 3% fall in total registered nursing numbers for 2016/17 with a 23% rise in de-registrations leading to 17,000 permanently unfilled nurse vacancies across the UK.
Following the Government’s decision to axe NHS bursaries for student nurses from 2017, applications by students in England to nursing and midwifery courses at … Read More »