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Brunelcare rises to the challenge of health and social care integration

Posted on April 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Brunelcare rises to the challenge of health and social care integration

Not-for-profit social care provider Brunelcare has published a study report on integration of health and social care sub-headed Rising to the

challenge.

In February a cross-functional working group within Brunelcare was established to compile a report showing and evidencing how the charity contributes to the integration of health and social care within the South West, the region in which Brunel Care’s services are provided.

A key focus for the working group was to respond to the National Audit Office report on health and social care integration published in February.

In gathering ‘best-practice’ evidence for the report, the group focused on two specific elements of Brunelcare’s performance: (1) how they help reduce hospital admissions and (2) reducing delays to transfer of care from hospital to other settings.

Sandra Payne, Brunelcare’s head of clinical excellence said the charity’s report acknowledges and agrees with the key findings of … Read More »


Family firms make strong showing

Posted on April 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Family firms make strong showing

A business report shows that the contribution health and social care services family firms make to the UK economy amounts to almost £23 billion of total gross value added (GVA) to UK gross domestic product (GDP).

The UK Family Business Sector Report, produced by Oxford Economics for the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation, says that in the health and social care services sector there are more 277,000 family firms employing 859,000 people, providing 48.9% of private sector employment. And they are growing – their turnover has increased by £4.4bn in the last year.

“The family business health and social care services sector creates a substantial proportion of the UK’s GDP, and we are proud to champion and delighted to celebrate this incredible contribution,” said IFB director Elizabeth Bagger.

“To ensure family businesses continue to flourish, we’re calling on the Government to support … Read More »


New co-chair of Care Association Alliance

Posted on April 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on New co-chair of Care Association Alliance

Melanie Weatherly, chief executive of Lincolnshire homecare provider Walnut Care, will co-chair the Care Association Alliance alongside Surrey

Care Association chief executive Erica Lockhart after being appointed by the body last week.

The Care Association Alliance brings together care associations from across the country under one umbrella. Its aim is to engage with stakeholders across government departments and give local care associations a voice nationally.

“I intend to use my experience as a care provider and employer of more than 200 people in the industry to speak up for other providers, not just in Lincolnshire, but across the country,” said Melanie.

“There is plenty of work to be done. As an industry, we can achieve so much more by working together, rather than individually.

“In Lincolnshire, we have a healthcare partnership between local authorities, care providers and the NHS to ensure the highest standards are … Read More »


Nursing home offers free holiday before new nursing staff start work

Posted on April 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Nursing home offers free holiday before new nursing staff start work

A nursing home in Scarborough is offering new nurse recruits a free holiday in the sun before they start work as it looks to find staff during a national shortage of nursing staff.

Saint Cecilia’s is offering the holiday plus a car, a £31,000 a year salary and other benefits in its welcome package for new registered nurses.

Managing director Mike Padgham said recruiting good nursing staff the hardest it had been in living memory and employers had to ‘go the extra mile’ to attract good applicants.

“At Saint Cecilia’s we think we have come up with a very enticing package,” said Mr Padgham.

“It can be a stressful job and so we decided to offer our new nursing staff a free holiday in the sun before they start work, as part of our recruitment package. We are looking to provide a holiday for … Read More »


A quick task for Monday morning

Posted on April 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. Comments Off on A quick task for Monday morning

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Any measure which will go some way to stemming the tide of promotional pablum which is flooding our computers has to be welcome.

There has been far too much of people playing fast and loose with other people’s personal information and I am pleased that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is soon to go live. But it does mean that I must seek your permission if you would like to receive the CT Blog by email.

So, I ask you to take a moment to email – editor@caringtimes.plus.com – receipt of which will be taken as confirmation that you would like to receive this weekly blog via email (No need to write anything; just put CT Blog in the subject field).

Although it will still be posted on this website, I hope you do elect to receive the blog by … Read More »


‘Technology is no substitute for the human touch’ says Scottish Care leader

Posted on April 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Technology is no substitute for the human touch’ says Scottish Care leader

Members of the Scottish Parliament have been cautioned against an over-reliance on technology as a means of reducing the cost of delivering social care.

Addressing an economy, jobs and fair work committee of the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Care chief executive Donald Macaskill said there were many instances in which technological solutions in care had been developed in Scotland and then been exported elsewhere.

“While technology has potential it must not be used to monitor staff, and advancements would involve implementation costs, training and equipping the sector’s workforce,” said Mr Macaskill.

“We need an appropriate balance. Technology cannot be used as a cheap mechanism to remove human presence. “We are all human beings, we are about human touch. Technology can certainly enable presence but it cannot replace it.”

Mr Macaskill called on organisations like Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway to focus on … Read More »


Compton Care discards ‘hospice’ tag

Posted on April 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Compton Care discards ‘hospice’ tag

Compton Care is one of the first palliative care providers in the UK to remove ‘hospice’ from its name as part a new strategy aimed at revolutionising the way in which people with complex and incurable conditions are cared for, after research found that people are fearful of accessing its services.

The charity carried out patient, staff and supporter and sector research which found that a large number of people associate the word ‘hospice’ with being ‘a place you go to die’. In turn, this negative perception contributed to people often becoming fearful of accessing care from Compton, as well as healthcare professionals making referrals only in the final weeks or days of a person’s life.

The new strategy, which includes a £2.5m investment into Compton’s care co-ordination centre is focused on ensuring that patients are referred into its care earlier on, … Read More »


Mel Knight passes the baton

Posted on April 17th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Mel Knight passes the baton

After more than 25 years at the helm of care sector construction specialist Castleoak, Mel Knight stepped down as executive chairman at the end of

March.

Over the past five years, the shareholders have led a succession plan to evolve the business from a shareholder-led business to one led by an independent management team.

The implementation of the succession plan is now complete, and Craig Currie, as chief executive, and his team have been leading the company for some time now.

Karen Rosser now steps up from non-executive director to non-executive chair. Karen has been part of the senior team since 2011, having joined Castleoak in a HR leadership role.

Mel, who remains a major shareholder in Castleoak, will now be pursue a range of other interests in the care and retirement living sector “Castleoak is well positioned for further success and growth, and importantly … Read More »


Sutherland: remember him?

Posted on April 16th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

By guest blogger JEF SMITH

Half a century ago I had a series of wonderfully happy working holidays in Sutherland, that most beautiful part of north-west Scotland. The name always brings back memories, so when I spotted the obituary of Lord Sutherland of Roundwood who died in late February, even though I didn’t recognise the name, I started reading just for nostalgia.

I soon realised, however, that this sadly missed peer was known to me by his pre-ennoblement title of Sir Stuart Sutherland. Now, does that ring bells? It should do, since 20 years ago Sir Stuart was appointed to head a Royal Commission on the funding of long term care.

The commission met the requirement of the government of the day to report within a year, but neither this almost unprecedented speed for the consideration of such a complicated issue, nor the report’s … Read More »


Retirement housing failing to meet growing demand, says Knight Frank

Posted on April 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Retirement housing failing to meet growing demand, says Knight Frank

Global property consultancy Knight Frank says current stock levels of retirement housing and projected demographic changes highlight a critical undersupply of age-appropriate homes.

In its latest report, The Case for Retirement Housing, the firm assesses the drivers of what it describes as an ‘imminent crisis’. There are currently 11.8m people in the UK over the age of 65, which is forecast to rise by 20% over the next decade. This means that the time spent in ‘retirement’ will also lengthen, underpinning the need for retirement housing.

The gap between the potential pool of demand and current supply is stark. Present stock (from age-restricted over-55s housing to housing with care) comprises 725,000 homes, which equates to just .2.6% of the total housing stock in the UK.

Knight Frank’s research suggests that about 25% of over-55s would consider downsizing; or moving into some sort of … Read More »





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