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 was imperative that … 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 »
Caring Times, July/August 217
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 »
Three care organisations – Learning Disability Voices, the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group and Care England – have supported calls from the charity Mencap to clarify rules on overnight care sector ‘sleep-in’ shifts.
These arrangements are delivered regularly for people with learning disabilities requiring round the clock care. Carers sleep through the night but are present on site to respond to emergency requests for care and support.
For years these shifts have been paid at a flat rate of £35-45, with workers receiving National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, for the hours they spend providing care.
However government guidance on the NLW’s application to sleep-ins has recently changed, prompted by employment tribunals. The Court of Appeal will now consider the re-interpretation of the law next year.
This has left providers liable for up to six years of back payments, which is actively being pursued … Read More »
Caring Times, June 2017
Nadra Ahmed, co-convenor of the Cavendish Coalition and chairman of the National Care Association,has welcomed a report from the House of Commons Health Committee on Brexit and health and social care.
“We are pleased to see that the committee recognises the incredible contribution our colleagues from mainland Europe and elsewhere outside the UK make throughout the health and social care sector,” said Mrs Ahmed.
“This talented and diverse group of people are essential to our ability to provide the best possible care to the people we proudly serve. The Cavendish Coalition welcomed the opportunity to provide evidence to the committee and to share our insight on the potential workforce supply issues for health and social care in the UK, arising from the UK’s departure from the EU.”
Caring Times, June 2017
Almost a year after a BBC report revealed that a quarter of care homes were at risk of closing within three years, the specialist nursing practice at Clayton Recruitment, is urging political parties to put the issue firmly on the agenda in their manifesto pledges to ensure homes are providing adequate provisions to the communities they serve.
This comes at a time when the lack of available staff is further compounding the issue and putting more homes at risk of closure due to inadequate availability of labour. Commenting on the issue, Danielle Moore, nursing division manager at Clayton Recruitment, commented: “The crisis in the social care sector is no new phenomenon, yet a year on from the Care Quality Commission’s report we are still seeing residential homes being shut in light of spiralling costs and funding cuts.
“I am … Read More »
‘Florence’, an app which enables care and nursing homes to hand-pick temporary nurses without having to use a traditional recruitment agency has been launched.
Created by Charles Armitage, a 28-year-old doctor from London, the app enables care home managers to work directly with nurses and to clearly see their training, accreditation and ratings from previous jobs before booking them for shifts. More than 1,000 registered general nurses have already signed up with Florence which enables them to build a professional reputation and so be selected by care and nursing homes for their expertise, not just their availability.
The app, which care managers can access online via a computer or mobile, is described as one of a number of ‘disruptive’ technology solutions for the care sector.
“We like Florence because it’s easy to use and it’s transparent,” said Patricia Goan, chief executive of Glebe … Read More »