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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 »


Revera buys Signature Senior Lifestyle

Posted on June 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Revera buys Signature Senior Lifestyle

Signature Senior Lifestyle, a UK developer and operator of premium senior care and nursing homes has been acquired by Revera Inc., a Canadian-based owner, operator and investor in the senior living sector.

Revera and Signature have had a close working relationship since 2015, with Revera partially funding a management buyout of Signature.

Revera president and chief executive Thomas Wellner said the acquisition of Signature cemented a very beneficial partnership, providing Revera with a UK platform from which to expand, and Signature with the backing of a secure long-term owner and investor.

“This acquisition gives us an opportunity to increase our presence in the UK, which is experiencing accelerated growth in the senior living market, with the over 85 age group projected to almost double by 2036,” said Mr Wellner.

“It reflects our commitment to this sector not only in Canada, but in key growth markets. … Read More »


The future’s bright, alright?

Posted on June 25th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. Comments Off on The future’s bright, alright?

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

There has been a lot of debate about ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ borders of late (if it’s any help, I like my eggs somewhere between the two) and about ‘free movement’ – all I can say to that is perhaps put a few prunes in with the fruit salad. But perhaps I’m mistaking Brexit for breakfast. Easily done as I get a helping of both at exactly the same time each day; one from the fridge and the other from the radio and I confuse the crunch of my cornflakes with the Brexit serial.

What we haven’t heard much talk about is social care, which is great because it means the Government must be working on something really special for our sector: none of the token £20bn quick fixes they sling at the NHS.

What’s in store for … Read More »


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 »


Time for a ten dollar answer

Posted on June 18th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 4 comments

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Ernest Hemingway was known for his minimalist style and he used to pooh-pooh what he called “ten-dollar” words. Not to compare myself with Hemingway but I love strange and exotic expressions, so you’ll forgive me I’m sure when I say that public and private provision of social care has developed into a dichotomy which increasingly challenges our ideas of social justice.

A recent report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies says adult social care spending has fallen by 9% per person over the past decade, with cuts varying around the country but tending to be larger in more deprived areas. Over the same period growing demand has seen fees in private pay care homes, mainly in the southern half of England, steadily increase and corporate providers have been building enthusiastically, again mainly in the southern half of … Read More »


More providers on CQC’s market oversight list

Posted on June 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on More providers on CQC’s market oversight list

The number of care operators included on the Care Quality Commission’s market oversight list has increased by 44%, rising from 39 in July 2015 to 56 in May 2018.

At a public board meeting of the CQC in May it was reported that the risk profile had deteriorated to such an extent that there has been a 36 percentage points increase in the number of providers that are subjected to higher levels of scrutiny.

The report said the CQC’s market oversight team’s workload had substantially increased and the unit had recently obtained agreement to increase its establishment headcount.

Market oversight data showed that profit margins had remained fairly resilient despite an almost 50% increase in agency expenditure across the market oversight portfolio since December 2015 but the overall level of return was insufficient to attract meaningful new investment into local authority funded capacity … Read More »





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