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Union probe finds many are having trouble paying for their social care

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Caring Times, July/August 2018

An investigation by GMB, the union for carers, has revealed at least 166,000 people are trapped in debt for their social care.

The Freedom of Information requests, submitted to every local authority in Great Britain with responsibility for social care, also show at least 1,178 people have been taken to court by local authorities for social care debts.

Of the total of at least 166,835 people who are in arrears on their social care payments, more than 78,000 have debt management procedures started against them by their authority for non-payment of social care charges. The true figure is likely to be higher as some authorities didn’t respond. Sharon Wilde, GMB National Officer, said: “These stark figures show the UK’s social care ticking timebomb has now blown a gaping hole in families’ finances.

“The fact more than 1,000 people have been … Read More »


Insolvencies increase

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Caring Times, July/August 2018

Accountancy firm Moore Stephens says there has been an 83% rise in the number of care home businesses entering insolvency, from 81 in 2016/17 to 148 in 2017/18.

With many care home places being paid for by local authorities, the sector has been struggling since the Government cut local authority funding during its austerity drive.

Times have been made harder still as a number of recent high profile and complex care-home insolvencies have caused mainstream lenders to be more cautious of providing low cost funding to the sector.

The Local Government Association say that the care home sector faces a £2.3bn funding gap by 2020 and a Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) report highlighted a £1bn shortfall in public sector funding of care homes in 2017.


Care England collects F.O.I. data on fees

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Caring Times, July/August 2018

Provider representative body Care England has initiated a series of Freedom of Information requests across 152 councils to gather data on commissioning activity for 2018/19.

This data is being collected on the themes of fees paid by councils for residential, nursing home and supported living care, as well as use of resources and placement activity across older people and learning disability care. Once collated, Care England will triangulate responses with other data such as quality ratings, projections on bed numbers and staffing, and analysis of council’s spending plans to build up a comprehensive picture of how each council is responding to the challenges and opportunities of supporting a sustainable local care market.

The data will itself build upon a similar spreadsheet constructed by Care England for 2017/18,that was used to target councils where analysis indicated a combination of concerns … Read More »


Ombudsman holds council to account over care home’s ban on relative’s visits

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Caring Times, July/August 2018

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found Liverpool City Council to be at fault after a woman was banned from visiting her mother in a care home in the district after she complained about her treatment.

The woman, whose mother had been placed in a BUPA care home by Liverpool City Council, said she was banned by care staff from seeing her mum after she raised a number of concerns about the way her mother was fed, washed, and looked after. And when she complained to the council, instead of investigating, it told her to raise her concerns with the care company.

The Ombudsman’s investigation found the council at fault for the way the care home looked after the mother, and for the way it handled the daughter’s complaint. Michael King, Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman, … Read More »


apetito secures partnership with northern care group

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Caring Times, July/August 2018

Creator and supplier of meals for the health and social care sector, apetito, has been appointed as the catering partner for Borough Care.

Based in Stockport, Borough Care operates 11 care homes across the north of England. As well as residential care and support across its facilities, the provider also offers active recovery, short stay and day care.

“Bringing apetito on board was an easy decision,” said Borough Care chief executive Dr Mark Ward. “We place service at the heart of our business, an ethos which is carried on at apetito.

“This allows for apetito to simply become an extension of our business, allowing us to work side by side to provide the very best service to our residents. We are delighted to be working with apetito, and look forward to growing the partnership for many years to come.”

apetito’s care … Read More »


Cygnet launches Nursing Associate apprenticeship scheme

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Caring Times, June 2018

The University of Wolverhampton is working with specialist mental health care services provider Cygnet Health Care to create a new generation of nurses.

Cygnet is one of the first providers to introduce Nursing Associate Foundation Apprenticeships into the independent sector as a way of addressing the national shortage of registered nurses.

Twenty one Cygnet employees (pictured below) who work for the organisation as support workers are studying to become nursing associates through the new Nursing Associate Foundation Degree Apprenticeship, which was launched by the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the University’s Walsall Campus in March.

The role of a nursing associate aims to bridge the gap between healthcare support workers and registered nurses, enabling nurses to spend more time on clinical duties and take more of a lead in decisions about patient care.

Nursing associates are an important part … Read More »


QCS launches care toolkit for abroad

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Caring Times, June 2018

As part of their ‘Building a Caring World’ philosophy, Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) has launched a free ‘Care Practice Essentials’ toolkit, specifically tailored for developing nations in the Commonwealth.

The complimentary toolkit is available on both desktop and mobile app and contains the most essential policies, procedures, guidance and a care plan. The toolkit was launched at the Ageing In Common Conference at Wokefield Park, Reading, in April.

QCS has also committed to making the toolkit available to anyone involved in care provision in countries as diverse as Bangladesh, Cameroon, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda. The launch supports the QCS bursary which involved funding 20 delegates from developing nations within the Commonwealth to attend the Ageing in Common Conference.

QCS chief executive Mat Whittingham said it had long been an objective of QCS to offer practical support … Read More »


Paul Birley retires

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Caring Times, June 2018

Paul Birley, head of public sector and healthcare at Barclays Bank, has announced his retirement.

Having spent 37 years with Barclays, Paul lead the bank’s healthcare initiative from 2001 and latterly was head of the bank’s public sector team.

As head of healthcare, Paul circulated widely in the sector, championing the drive to quality provision and the increased use of technology to improve care delivery.


Integrated online training hub for South West care providers

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Caring Times, June 2018

Care and Support West, a body representing social care and health providers in the South West has joined up with Skills for Health to create an integrated online training hub for local providers.

The organisation says the partnership with Skills for Health’s ‘skills platform’ was made in response to member feedback, to tackle urgent issues surrounding the provision of quality, evidence-based training in the adult care sector.

“For many care home providers, training is a large portion of an ever-shrinking budget,” said Barbara Harris of Care and Support West.

“Smaller organisations don’t have the administrative resources to plan, assess and analyse the market to get best value and quality. Our partnership with the skills platform really helps providers in the local area to access the best quality training.

“The Skills Platform’s broadcast function is a great way to make the budgets … Read More »


Specialist provider expands with two new acquisitions

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CaringTimes, June 2018

Bury-based healthcare provider National Care Group Ltd (NCG) has completed the acquisition of two care providers; Norfolk based Westward Healthcare Ltd and Gloucester based Access Care Ltd (operating as Merry Den Care and Chosen Care).

Funding to support the acquisitions has been provided by Allied Irish Bank (GB) with loan facilities that have been structured as part of the bank’s Funding Scheme which was launched in January to support growth activity for medium and large sized businesses. NCG is an established provider of care and support services to vulnerable adults throughout the UK who may experience learning disabilities, mental health needs, challenging behaviour, autistic spectrum conditions, neuro-disabilities, acquired brain injuries, physical disabilities and other associated complex health needs.

Established in March 2016, NCG work closely with clients, family members, local authorities and healthcare providers to provide high quality, person centred … Read More »



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