Christie & Co’s social care report shows continued pressure on recruitment and fees

Posted on September 12th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Christie & Co’s social care report shows continued pressure on recruitment and fees

Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has published its fourth annual report on adult social care.

The report highlights the sector’s continued funding and staffing challenges, as well as the causes and impacts of winter 2017/18 which saw unprecedented levels of pressure on NHS hospital trusts, with 24 trusts reporting a ‘Code Black’ state across the UK.

The report, ‘Adult Social Care 2018: Funding, Staffing and the Winter Crisis’, also presents data gathered from surveys of local authorities and more than 200 leading operators across elderly and specialist care in the UK, particularly looking at the use of agency staff, costs and fees, and how the Government’s additional funding has been used.


The 2018 report outlines the continued challenges the sector faces in both recruiting and retaining trained staff. Whilst the removal of the cap on Tier 2 visas for overseas nurses … Read More »

Evasion comes naturally – caring too, but we need to work at it

Posted on September 10th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Who remembers the ‘Peanuts’ cartoons in which Lucy is forever snatching the football away just as the ever-trusting Charlie Brown is about to kick it?

Well, you know the green paper which, after two deferrals, the Government said it would publish in the autumn? That’s right; the one on social care funding? Well, it’s no longer clear which autumn the Government has in mind.

Speaking at Age UK’s Late Life conference last week, care services minister Caroline Dinenage, in a ministerial masterpiece of vague assurances and resolute non-committal, admitted there was “a chance that publication of the green paper would be further delayed’”.

“Publishing of the green paper is entirely our aspiration,” Caroline cooed, stressing that the document had an important place in creating a fair care system and was “high up on the Government’s agenda”. Then she … Read More »

Providers call for a rethink as Parliament considers new liberty protection laws

Posted on September 5th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Providers call for a rethink as Parliament considers new liberty protection laws

Care providers are concerned about the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill which will introduce the Liberty Protection Safeguards, replacing the existing Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

The Bill had its initial Committee Stage in the House of Lords yesterday. Provider representative body Care England said that, while there was a general consensus that the existing DoLS arrangements are unwieldy and should be replaced, there were some major concerns about the very premise of the new legislation.

Care providers say aspects of the proposals erode the safeguards that currently protect people who lack capacity to make decisions about their care and treatment, and that such elements sit uncomfortably in services with a culture focussed on respecting the rights and choices of people receiving support.

“As providers we are very concerned about the inherent conflict of interest associated with placing Liberty Protection Safeguards assessment responsibilities on … Read More »

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