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Public/private integration of social care is the first challenge

Posted on September 20th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. No Comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

I think the phrase ‘put your own house in order first’ comes from the Bible; whatever its provenance, it certainly comes to my mind whenever I hear talk of health and social care integration.

Being one big household would bring a lot of benefits but each side, health and social care, should try to avoid bringing problems with them.

The NHS is not entirely without problems, some of which are only likely to go away once it begins to look at social care as an equal partner, but I think it is yet to cotton-on to the idea of systems with flexibility to meet people’s needs, rather than people having to fit in with a rigid system.

Social care is in no better position, but with us it’s more about commissioning and public funding, with private providers pragmatically focusing … Read More »


Continued concern over Continuing Healthcare

Posted on September 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Continued concern over Continuing Healthcare

Provider representative body Care England has expressed continued concern about NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding for care home residents.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said CHC was an essential means of ensuring the primary health needs of individuals within community settings were met and much of this care was provided in independent nursing homes.

“Yet too many Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are offering increases to CHC fees for 2018/19 of only 0.1%, arguing that they are required to do so by the NHS National Tariff Payment System Rules,” said Prof. Green.

“Yet care homes face many increases in costs not least the need to pay nurses and all staff a fair wage and provide quality training to ensure they can recruit and retain good staff.”

In a recent interview with the Health Service Journal, NHS Improvement chief executive Ian Dalton implied that … Read More »


Christie & Co’s social care report shows continued pressure on recruitment and fees

Posted on September 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Christie & Co’s social care report shows continued pressure on recruitment and fees

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has published its fourth annual report on adult social care.

The report highlights the sector’s continued funding and staffing challenges, as well as the causes and impacts of winter 2017/18 which saw unprecedented levels of pressure on NHS hospital trusts, with 24 trusts reporting a ‘Code Black’ state across the UK.

The report, ‘Adult Social Care 2018: Funding, Staffing and the Winter Crisis’, also presents data gathered from surveys of local authorities and more than 200 leading operators across elderly and specialist care in the UK, particularly looking at the use of agency staff, costs and fees, and how the Government’s additional funding has been used.

Recruitment

The 2018 report outlines the continued challenges the sector faces in both recruiting and retaining trained staff. Whilst the removal of the cap on Tier 2 visas for overseas nurses … Read More »





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