Tag: Associations


Government allocates an extra £40m for dementia research

Posted on May 11th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Government allocates an extra £40m for dementia research

Caring Times, May 2018

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has hailed the announcement of £40m capital funding for the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI), as well as a £300m boost for the Ageing Society Grand Challenge that forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

“This investment is an important boost to what is now the country’s biggest joint endeavour in dementia research,” said Alzheimer’s Research UK chief executive Hilary Evans.

“The essential research happening at the UK DRI has the potential to transform our understanding of dementia and as a founding partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to see this additional support.

“It’s encouraging to see the commitment to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge: early diagnosis of diseases could revolutionise the way we treat dementia, for example, where we now know the underlying diseases begin to develop 15-20 years before … Read More »


Citizens’ assembly to consider adult social care funding

Posted on May 4th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Citizens’ assembly to consider adult social care funding

A ‘citizens’ assembly’ has been commissioned by Parliament to consider the best way to fund adult social care.

The Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care will be formed by 50 people who have been chosen to reflect the makeup of the wider population.

Building on existing public engagement, the assembly is being established as part of the inquiry into the long-term funding of adult social care, which is being carried out by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee and the Health and Social Care Committee.

Members of the assembly will hear from expert contributors with different views on how the sector should be funded, before then holding discussions around the issues and reaching a set of recommendations.

The findings and the evidence submitted to the inquiry will then be considered by the committees.

The assembly will be run by Involve, a public participation charity that … Read More »


EU nurses cite Brexit as top reason for leaving register

Posted on May 1st, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on EU nurses cite Brexit as top reason for leaving register

New figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) have shown a significant rise in the number of EU nurses and midwives leaving the register. Between April 2017 and March 2018, 3,962 people left – an increase of 29%.

There continues to be a dramatic drop in those joining the register from the EU. Over the same period 805 EU nurses and midwives joined the register compared with 6,382 the year before – a drop of 87%.

Following a period of sustained decline the number of UK trained nurses and midwives registered to work appears to be stabilising. Those joining the register for the first time is at its highest level for four years while 4,034 fewer people left the register.

The number of nurses and midwives joining the register from outside the EU has also risen for the fourth consecutive year with … Read More »


New co-chair of Care Association Alliance

Posted on April 25th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on New co-chair of Care Association Alliance

Melanie Weatherly, chief executive of Lincolnshire homecare provider Walnut Care, will co-chair the Care Association Alliance alongside Surrey

Care Association chief executive Erica Lockhart after being appointed by the body last week.

The Care Association Alliance brings together care associations from across the country under one umbrella. Its aim is to engage with stakeholders across government departments and give local care associations a voice nationally.

“I intend to use my experience as a care provider and employer of more than 200 people in the industry to speak up for other providers, not just in Lincolnshire, but across the country,” said Melanie.

“There is plenty of work to be done. As an industry, we can achieve so much more by working together, rather than individually.

“In Lincolnshire, we have a healthcare partnership between local authorities, care providers and the NHS to ensure the highest standards are … Read More »


‘Technology is no substitute for the human touch’ says Scottish Care leader

Posted on April 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘Technology is no substitute for the human touch’ says Scottish Care leader

Members of the Scottish Parliament have been cautioned against an over-reliance on technology as a means of reducing the cost of delivering social care.

Addressing an economy, jobs and fair work committee of the Scottish Parliament, Scottish Care chief executive Donald Macaskill said there were many instances in which technological solutions in care had been developed in Scotland and then been exported elsewhere.

“While technology has potential it must not be used to monitor staff, and advancements would involve implementation costs, training and equipping the sector’s workforce,” said Mr Macaskill.

“We need an appropriate balance. Technology cannot be used as a cheap mechanism to remove human presence. “We are all human beings, we are about human touch. Technology can certainly enable presence but it cannot replace it.”

Mr Macaskill called on organisations like Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Business Gateway to focus on … Read More »


Care England calls for parity of esteem between the NHS and social care workforce

Posted on April 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care England calls for parity of esteem between the NHS and social care workforce

Provider representative body Care England has submitted a response to the Skills for Care Workforce Strategy Consultation. The underlying theme of the submission is that the development offer to the social care workforce should be proportionate to its contribution to individuals and society in general in equal measures to that afforded to NHS staff.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said that currently, the Government spent on average £3,615 on each NHS employee per year on staff development compared with only £16 on each social care employee per year.

“We need a level playing field,” said Prof. Green.

Care England has repeated its call for a more unified and proportionate approach to the health and social care workforce and says one mechanism to do this is to bring together Health Education England, Skills for Care and Skills for Health into one body.

In … Read More »


Govt allocates an extra £40m for dementia research

Posted on April 10th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Govt allocates an extra £40m for dementia research

Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity, has hailed the announcement of £40m capital funding for the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI), as well as a £300m boost for the Ageing Society Grand Challenge that forms part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.

“This investment is an important boost to what is now the country’s biggest joint endeavour in dementia research,” said Alzheimer’s Research UK chief executive Hilary Evans.

“The essential research happening at the UK DRI has the potential to transform our understanding of dementia and as a founding partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK is delighted to see this additional support.

“It’s encouraging to see the commitment to the Ageing Society Grand Challenge: early diagnosis of diseases could revolutionise the way we treat dementia, for example, where we now know the underlying diseases begin to develop 15-20 years before symptoms appear. We … Read More »


Funded nursing care increase inadequate, says Care England

Posted on April 9th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Funded nursing care increase inadequate, says Care England

Caring Times, April 2018

Provider representatibe body Care England has expressed disappointment that the rate of NHS Funded Nursing Care increase announced for 2018/19 of 2% will not meet the huge pressure being felt in the nursing home sector.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said: “Whilst we recognise and welcome that this is an increase in the rate it does not address the current cost pressures for nursing in our sector. What we need to be clear on is that the cost of the rising dependency of nursing needs of residents exceeds the proposed rate rise. The shortage of nurses – over which we have no control – means that recruiting nurses is a costly challenge along with increasing agency costs associated with rising nurse vacancies.

“The cost of employing nurses is rising with auto pension enrolment and other staff costs … Read More »


Care home quality dips in some areas

Posted on March 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care home quality dips in some areas

The proportion of care homes rated ‘inadequate’ or ‘requires improvement’ increased in one in five local authority areas in 2017.

An analysis by older people’s charity Independent Age has found that a dramatic variation in the quality of care homes at a regional and local authority level across England continues to exist. The North West is the worst performing region, while London and the East of England are the best performing regions.

In some areas such as Tameside or Portsmouth, older people and their families continue to face little choice of quality care, with around one in two homes rated not good enough by the Care Quality Commission. The main regional findings are:

The North West contains five of the eight worst performing English local authorities on care home quality, with more than one in four care homes across the region performing poorly;
The … Read More »


Care homes to celebrate friendship across local communities in 2018

Posted on March 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care homes to celebrate friendship across local communities in 2018

Once again care homes are planning to celebrate connections with their local communities. After a successful day of celebrating great care across the UK on Care Home Open Day 2017, with more than 2,568 care homes taking part, this year’s event is on the Saturday, 21 April.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said that, with Care Home Open Day’s emphasis on the importance of connecting with local communities, developing lasting relationships and encouraging intergenerational rapport, the theme for this year would be ‘Linking Communities’.

“In this day and age, care homes can and should be the hub of the community,” said Prof. Green.

“We at Care England are keen to support Care Home Open Day 2018 as a means of celebrating the links our members have with their wider communities. We encourage everyone to get involved to make it a … Read More »



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