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Care Protect expands into Australia

Posted on July 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care Protect expands into Australia

Care home camera monitoring company Care Protect is expanding into Australia in response to occurrences of abuse in the country’s care homes.

The Australian Federal Government has announced plans to set up a powerful new watchdog as part of a review of the care system, sparked by a scandal in Adelaide’s Oakden nursing home, which was followed by other similar incidents being reported. As in the UK, some families in Australia have installed secret cameras to check up on the quality of care their relatives are receiving.

Care Protect’s Australian operation will be headed up by former City broker Scott Sterling. Belfast-born Scott, who graduated from Kingston University with a Business Management degree, will work from a Sydney base with care providers across the country to introduce the Care Protect system.

Care Protect’s monitoring system employs the latest sound and motion sensitive technology which, … Read More »


The bland leaving the bland?

Posted on July 9th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

The headline for an interview which Sir David Behan, the Care Quality Commission’s departing chief executive, gave to The Guardian last week was ‘May must be bold to fix social care’. Well, there’s an original thought! With his expert knowledge and the freedom of impending retirement, Sir David could have weighed into the Government for delaying the publication of the Green Paper on funding, spelled out how it and its predecessor have dramatically cut care’s resource base over the last decade, or – if one must be politically even-handed – noted how successive governments over many years claimed that social care reform was vital but did nothing about it. In short he could have been bold.

Instead, we got the vagueness of ‘unmet need is increasing’, social care’s problems are ‘difficult and challenging’, older people should be … Read More »


Fairhome to invest an initial £25m in public provision in Northern Ireland

Posted on July 6th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Fairhome to invest an initial £25m in public provision in Northern Ireland

Specialist social care developer Fairhome Group have announced a £25m investment in the Northern Ireland care sector as part of its plans to bring a new funding model to the province.

The group has been working with major stakeholders for the last nine months to create an investment package for the development and provision of care facilities and services.

Fairhome Group has worked with representatives from the province’s five health trusts and various leading health care experts to replicate the group’s privately funded model in Northern Ireland.

The group is now working with funders to provide investment for new care facilities. It will then develop the properties, via new build or redevelopment of existing buildings, and then work with housing and care providers to manage the assets for the long term.

The initial £25m will be invested in a number of schemes across Northern … Read More »


Care manager is appointed ‘employee director’ at Mears Group

Posted on July 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care manager is appointed ‘employee director’ at Mears Group

A care quality manager who started her career with Mears on their graduate management programme has been

appointed to the board of directors.

In June, Amanda Hillerby was confirmed as the company’s first employee director: a post which aims to ensure that the interests of the staff who make up the business’ 12000-strong workforce are represented at the very highest level.

Mears, a major provider of care and housing services, is one of only a handful of UK companies to create a position for an employee on its board and the first listed company in the care sector to do so.

Director Alan Long said that, in the 30 years Mears has been in business, the best ideas had always come from the workforce: those on the frontline who work with customers and service users every day and have the insight into what works … Read More »


National Audit Office reports on the health and social care interface

Posted on July 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on National Audit Office reports on the health and social care interface

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report assessing the challenges preventing health and social care from working together effectively.

In a move to encourage the Government to create a long-term plan for a sustainable, joined-up care sector, the head of the NAO, Amyas Morse, has urged further and faster progress towards a service that centres on the needs of individuals, meets growing demands for care and delivers value to the taxpayer.

“No one across government or the civil service would disagree that health and social care have to be in balance to give people quality of life, and to use the available national and local resources as efficiently as possible,” said Mr Morse.

“The hard part is agreeing how that balance is to be achieved and maintained, and who is willing to sacrifice what to bring it about.

“The NHS did not … Read More »


CQC report makes recommendations for change

Posted on July 3rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CQC report makes recommendations for change

The Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a report bringing together key findings and recommendations for change, following the completion of 20 local authority area reviews exploring how older people move between health and adult social care services in England.

Many older people have complex needs, and meeting these needs usually requires more than one professional and more than one agency to work together. CQC’s local system reviews provide a detailed insight into the journey through health and social care for people who use services, their families and carers – and identify where there are gaps which mean that people experience fragmented or poor care.

‘Beyond Barriers’ highlights some examples of health and care organisations working well together – and of individuals working across organisations to provide high quality care. But CQC says the reviews also found too much ineffective co-ordination of … Read More »


IT comes to CQC

Posted on July 2nd, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

By guest blogger JOHN BURTON

This month, IT is coming to CQC in person. David Behan is leaving, and DB’s replacement is IT, Ian Trenholm who, we are told, is going to “deliver technological innovation at scale to deliver benefits for people.” Cor Blimey! What a lot of delivery. That will be good, won’t it?

No, it probably won’t. At first I thought he must have been a truck driver for Curry’s but no, he was CEO at NHS Blood and Transplant and “delivered” a shed-load of digital management and transformation-speak to not much effect. Before that . . . more of the same at DEFRA and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, and Hong Kong police and an MBA of course.

I wonder what he’ll make of the perpetual failure of CQC’s adult services inspectors to produce their reports on time. … Read More »


Nurses’ pay – Care England calls for parity for social care sector nurses

Posted on June 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Nurses’ pay – Care England calls for parity for social care sector nurses

Following the recent pay award for nurses in the NHS, provider representative body Care England says nurses working in independent care homes seem not to have been given the same priority by the Government: NHS providers will have the cost of the pay award paid directly via the Treasury, care homes with nursing on the other hand will not.

Care England has alerted the health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt and the Department for Health and Social Care that the Funded Nursing Care (FNC), payable for nurse costs in nursing homes, rate for 2018/19 will not meet the huge pressure being felt in the nursing home sector.

“In addition to pay awards, providers are having to respond to the cost of rising dependency of nursing needs of residents,” said Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green.

“Additional costs come from the shortage … Read More »


Social care sector warns of an impending workforce crisis

Posted on June 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Social care sector warns of an impending workforce crisis

A group of influential social care organisations have written to health secretary Jeremy Hunt, warning him of an impending workforce crisis and a need to improve the public perception of social care.

In a joint letter sent in mid-June, Anchor, Care England, and United for All Ages urged the Government to demonstrate it values social care and improve the perception of the sector, so as to avoid the predicted shortfall of up to 1.1m care workers by 2037.

Research commissioned by Anchor, care and housing charity for older people, shows that 78% of people say they would not like to begin a career in the adult social care sector, and 71% of parents would not encourage their children to think of it as a career worth pursuing. More than a fifth (22%) of people say the work is not valued by government, … Read More »


MPs’ report welcomed ahead of social care Green Paper

Posted on June 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on MPs’ report welcomed ahead of social care Green Paper

Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the report from the joint inquiry by the Health Select Committee and the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee into the long term funding of adult social care.

The joint report calls for the introduction of a ‘Social Care Premium’, either as an additional element of National Insurance, or with the premium paid into a dedicated not-for-profit social insurance fund that people would be confident could only be used for social care. It describes the social care system as “under very great and unsustainable strain”.

Ahead of the Government’s Green Paper, which is now expected in the autumn, the report highlights the urgent need to plug a funding gap estimated at up to £2.5bn in the next financial year, before introducing wider funding reforms at both a local and national level to raise extra … Read More »





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