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 »
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 »
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 »
A social care leader will be helping to steer the Welsh economy after being appointed to an influential new panel of
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, 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 »
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 »
Provider representative body Care England has voiced its ongoing concern about Dynamic Purchasing Systems (DPS) used by some local authorities to award social care contracts.
The process, also known as a ‘reverse auction’, requires providers to bid, within a short timeframe, to care for people whose care needs are put online. Care England believes this is being done with the deliberate aim of driving down the price of care, and so risking the quality of social care services.
“People must not be treated akin to commodities,” said Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green.
“Choice should be paramount whilst cost should not be the sole factor when allocating care.” Staffordshire is one of the growing number of local authorities to have used DPS for new clients and has only offered a 1% uplift in 2018/19 for existing residential and nursing home placements despite … Read More »
Provider representative organisation Care England has again expressed its disappointment over what it describes as the paltry fee offers from local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said local authorities and CCGs had only recently begun to make their fee offers to care providers.
“It is unbelievable that we are in this position again,” said Prof. Green.
“If the care sector is to plan efficiently to provide the necessary high quality care it is unfathomable as to how this can happen with such a time lag, uncertainty and of course negligible or zero uplifts.”
With the Green Paper on social care yet to be published, Care England says the strain that the health and social care sector is under has never been more apparent, and that a degree of professionalism was needed from local authorities and CCGs … Read More »
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 »
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 »