Provider representative body Care England has expressed continued concern about NHS Continuing Healthcare (CHC) funding for care home residents.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said CHC was an essential means of ensuring the primary health needs of individuals within community settings were met and much of this care was provided in independent nursing homes.
“Yet too many Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are offering increases to CHC fees for 2018/19 of only 0.1%, arguing that they are required to do so by the NHS National Tariff Payment System Rules,” said Prof. Green.
“Yet care homes face many increases in costs not least the need to pay nurses and all staff a fair wage and provide quality training to ensure they can recruit and retain good staff.”
In a recent interview with the Health Service Journal, NHS Improvement chief executive Ian Dalton implied that … Read More »
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 »
Over the next 20 years the number of adults aged 85 years and older needing round-the-clock care will almost double to 446,000 in
England , according to a study published in The Lancet Public Health.
The overall numbers of over-65s requiring 24-hour care will rise by more than a third to over a million by 2035. This is according to new estimates that predict an increase in the number of people living into old age with multiple long-term conditions.
The study found that the majority (80%) of older adults living with dementia who need substantial care in 2035 were likely to have two or more other diseases.
Alzheimer’s Society chief executive Jeremy Hughes said the new estimates painted a challenging future, with the number of people needing constant care – the majority of whom would be living with dementia – starkly increasing in the … Read More »
A report on incontinence supported by 10 organisations, including Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Marie Curie and Parkinson’s UK recommends tackling the stigma of incontinence and funding research into this important but often ignored issue.
The report ‘My bladder and bowel own my life’ resulted from a workshop to discuss common problems and potential solutions with patients, carers, researchers and health and care staff.
Shelagh Robinson, who is living with dementia and affected by incontinence, said: “People are unwilling to talk about this, but until we do it is going to restrict what we can do.”
The report details the daily impact of incontinence on older people across the UK, especially those living with terminal illnesses or long-term health conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s, cancer, or urinary and gastric issues.
The report’s authors are calling for evaluation of the economic impact of incontinence, more dedicated services … Read More »
Provider representative body Care England is encouraging care homes to apply to be part of the Teaching Care Home Programme. Building on the success of the scheme over the last two years, the Foundation of Nursing Studies will recruit five care homes in England in the autumn with a focus on enhancing cross system partnership working.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the programme had been set up in recognition of the issues of recruitment and retention of both registered nurses and care workers.
“It attempts to raise the profile of long term social care as an exciting, rewarding and forward thinking career choice,” said Prof. Green.
“I am delighted that we are in a position to roll the programme out to other homes thus demonstrating that once again the sector is willing and able to change from within.” The aim … Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
The Local Government Association (LGA) has today launched a nationwide consultation to kick-start what it says is a desperately-needed debate on how to pay for adult social care and rescue the services caring for older and disabled people from collapse.
The consultation – the biggest launched by the LGA – is seeking the views of people and organisations from across society on how best to pay for care and support for adults of all ages and their unpaid carers, and aims to make the public a central part of the debate. The LGA will respond to the findings in the autumn to inform and influence the Government’s green paper and spending plans.
Years of significant underfunding of councils, coupled with rising demand and costs for care and support, have combined to push adult social care services to breaking point, says the LGA.
Since … Read More »
Older people’s charity Independent Age has launched a free advice guide called Settling into a care home.
Lucy Harmer, director of services at Independent Age, said there were currently more than 400,000 people living in care homes in the UK, but many new residents didn’t know what to expect when they got there, or how to plan ahead for their move.
“Care homes, of course, offer a lot of support for new residents and help them settle in, and the guide is designed to complement that support and make the move smoother and less stressful,” said Ms Harmer.
“GPs and other healthcare professionals may also find it a useful support tool for patients who are about to move into a care home.”
Written with advice from care home staff, residents and family members, Settling into a care home offers advice on planning ahead to help the … Read More »