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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 »


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 »





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