Tag: Ethics & Morals


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 »


Care Protect expands into Australia

Posted on July 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care Protect expands into Australia

Care home camera monitoring company Care Protect is expanding into Australia in response to occurrences of abuse in the country’s care homes.

The Australian Federal Government has announced plans to set up a powerful new watchdog as part of a review of the care system, sparked by a scandal in Adelaide’s Oakden nursing home, which was followed by other similar incidents being reported. As in the UK, some families in Australia have installed secret cameras to check up on the quality of care their relatives are receiving.

Care Protect’s Australian operation will be headed up by former City broker Scott Sterling. Belfast-born Scott, who graduated from Kingston University with a Business Management degree, will work from a Sydney base with care providers across the country to introduce the Care Protect system.

Care Protect’s monitoring system employs the latest sound and motion sensitive technology which, … Read More »


New liberty protection laws to replace DoLS

Posted on March 16th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on New liberty protection laws to replace DoLS

Proposed new legislation would replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a new system – Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS), a set of checks that aim to make sure that any care which restricts a person’s liberty is in their best interests.

Government says the reform will offer a more efficient and effective system which better takes into account people’s past and present wishes for care and treatment. The proposed changes follow a series of recommendations published by the Law Commission last year, criticising DoLS as being too bureaucratic and complex.

The Government is consulting with health and social care stakeholders to finalise the plans before introducing new legislation. Care minister Caroline Dinenage said the Government broadly accepted the recommendations made by the Law Commission and would replace DoLS in a bid to provide better care for people and increase access to the … Read More »


Call for insurance costs to be cut for care homes with cameras

Posted on February 16th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Call for insurance costs to be cut for care homes with cameras

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The cost of insurance for care home operators could be slashed by installing CCTV, according to Philip Scott of pioneering safety organisation Care Protect.

Mr Scott is calling on insurers to take the reduced risk to patients in homes with CCTV systems installed, and subsequent reduction in financial and reputational risk to homes, into account when calculating premiums.

The operator of a care home with 70 beds can currently expect to pay up to £10,000 a year for insurance, while the premium for nursing homes and those offering specialised services can be significantly more.

Care Protect’s monitoring system employs the latest sound and motion sensitive technology which when activated by a ‘resident event’, triggers recording which within seconds alerts the 24/7 professional monitor. This reduces risk because assistance can be provided to a resident within seconds of the event having … Read More »


CareTech Foundation announces first major grants

Posted on February 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CareTech Foundation announces first major grants

The CareTech Foundation, a grant-making corporate charitable foundation, announced significant grants and collaborative support for its first three strategic partners at the Houses of Parliament in early February.

Founded by CareTech Holdings plc, a major provider of social care services, supporting adults and children with a wide range of complex needs in more than 260 specialist services across the UK, the foundation was launched in December and has already made a number of small grants nominated by CareTech staff. The event at Westminster announced three major beneficiaries – the childrens’ charity Barnados, the British Asian Trust (BAT), which tackles poverty across South Asia and kills for Care, which supports the adult social care workforce in England, to attract more talented people with the right values to work in the sector.

A specific aim of the CareTech Foundation’s donations and working relationships is … Read More »


Charity calls for action on abuse in sheltered housing

Posted on January 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Charity calls for action on abuse in sheltered housing

Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has called attention to reports that tens of thousands of instances of abuse have taken place in sheltered housing over the last three years, as revealed by a BBC File on Four investigation.

Data collected via Freedom of Information requests sent to local authorities shows that over the period 2014/15 to 2016/17, more than 30,000 instances of abuse in sheltered housing complexes were recorded across the UK.

The figures showed a 30% increase over the period, despite many councils providing either incomplete data or none at all.

AEA director Stephen McCarthy said the findings were “deeply troubling” and should trigger an urgent investigation into what is happening, and what is being done about it.

“Sheltered housing is not regulated in the same way as residential homes, and most complexes no longer have dedicated managers living on site,” said Mr … Read More »


CMA’s interim report says some care homes may be breaking consumer law

Posted on June 15th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CMA’s interim report says some care homes may be breaking consumer law

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published the initial findings of its care homes market study, and is investigating if some homes are breaking consumer law.

Launched in December last year, the market study has examined whether the residential care homes sector is working well for elderly people and their families. Having reached the halfway point of the study, the CMA has published emerging findings and announced that, as a result of information received during this work, it has opened a consumer protection case to investigate its concerns that some care homes may be breaking consumer law. This is focused on concerns about certain care homes charging families for extended periods after a resident has died, and homes charging large upfront fees.

The initial findings of the study highlight wider concerns about the sector, which will form the focus of the … Read More »


‘This has to stop’ says abuse charity after CQC moves residents out of care home at night

Posted on August 18th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on ‘This has to stop’ says abuse charity after CQC moves residents out of care home at night

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In the wake of the urgent closures by the Care Quality Commission of the Merok Park nursing home in Surrey last December and the more recent closure of the Old Village School Hall nursing home in Bedfordshire, the charity Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has called for a change in the law to protect residents affected by urgent closures.

AEA says that, in the case of Merok Park, the transfer arrangement collapsed into confusion and chaos, with 26 residents moved in winter, at night and in the cold. In the case of the Old Village School Hall some 50 residents were moved, many after 6.30pm and some after 10pm, with some relatives describing the process as having caused huge distress to old, vulnerable people.

AEA has written to care minister Alistair Burt, calling for a change in the legal status … Read More »


Law Commission consults on deprivation of liberty reform

Posted on July 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Law Commission consults on deprivation of liberty reform

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The Law Commission has launched a consultation paper on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty. The paper can be accessed at: http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/mental-capacity-and-deprivation-of-liberty/#related

The consultation paper reviews the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (the DoLS) in England and Wales. the Law Commission’s Tim Spencer-Lane said its goal was to replace the DoLS with a straightforward and accessible legal framework which provided appropriate safeguards for people who lacked capacity whose care or treatment was becoming restrictive.

“The provisional proposals in the consultation paper represent the Law Commission’s initial view about how the law should be reformed,” said Mr Spencer-Lane.

“We are undertaking a wide consultation process to gather as many different views and to gain as much information as possible within the consultation period. We welcome responses from all interested parties.”

The consultation period runs from until 2nd November. The Law Commission will then review … Read More »


Local authorities swamped by deprivation of liberty applications

Posted on June 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Local authorities swamped by deprivation of liberty applications

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The Alzheimer’s Society has warned that thousands of people with dementia may be deprived of their liberty by a bureaucratic backlog of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications.

In mid-May, the Health and Social Care Information Centre on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) released quarterly figures for January – March 2015, which showed that at the end of September 2014, there were 19,429 applications where the outcome was still not decided. The data shows 119 out of 152 councils (78% of all councils) submitted data for Q4. The total number of DoLS applications in the quarter was 36,000. Of these 8,500 (24%) were granted, 2,900 (8%) not granted and 24,600 (68%) not yet signed off by the supervisory body or were withdrawn.

Alzheimer’s Society head of policy George McNamara said local authorities were being swamped with applications to restrict the liberty … Read More »



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