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Social care leader chosen to help steer Welsh economy

Posted on June 22nd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Social care leader chosen to help steer Welsh economy

A social care leader will be helping to steer the Welsh economy after being appointed to an influential new panel of

advisers.

Mario Kreft, the chair of Care Forum Wales and the proprietor of the Pendine Park care organisation, has been appointed to sit on the new ministerial advisory board set up by economy secretary Ken Skates.

Mr Kreft is one of 10 members of the new body that will be chaired by Adrian Webb, a non-exec director at Gocompare.com.

According to Mr Kreft,this is the first time that a representative of the social care sector had been placed “right at the heart of the economic decision making of the Welsh Government”.

The importance of the sector care having a seat at the top table was underlined by a new report revealing that adult social care contributed more than £2bn to the Welsh economy and … Read More »


HC-One and GMB launch ‘Careforce’ to promote careers in care

Posted on June 21st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on HC-One and GMB launch ‘Careforce’ to promote careers in care

HC-One, the UK’s biggest care home provider, and the GMB Union came together at the House of Commons in mid-June to launch Careforce, an initiative which champions careers in care.

Devised by HC-One and GMB, Careforce has been prompted by increasing demand caused by an ageing population, low pay caused by inadequate funding arrangements and poor morale caused by relentlessly negative media coverage, which means operators are struggling to recruit and retain the people required to provide care to society’s frail elderly and other vulnerable people.

“Ensuring our residents are happy and fulfilled is our top priority at HC-One,” said the company’s chief executive Justin Hutchens, speaking at the launch.

“That is why I am so excited about celebrating our new recognition agreement with the GMB by launching the Careforce initiative and promoting the professionalisation of care work. Encouraging socially-committed and ambitious people … Read More »


Release of Green Paper on social care put back to Autumn

Posted on June 19th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Release of Green Paper on social care put back to Autumn

Publication of the long awaited Government’s Green Paper on social care funding, promised for this Summer, has again been delayed and is now scheduled to be published this Autumn.

When the report was first announced, it was scheduled for release last Autumn but then, in November, the Government said release had been deferred until this Summer.

Now it’s been put back again. Yesterday’s announcement of the deferment followed an earlier announcement of a £20bn increase in funding towards the National Health Service, and the development of a 10-year plan for NHS sustainability.

The National Care Forum (NCF), which represents not-for-profit providers, said the delay would cause further disruption to an already fragile social care sector.

“The need for action on social care is now” said NCF executive director Vic Rayner.

“We were promised a Green Paper on social care this Summer, way before the current … Read More »





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