Specialist social care developer Fairhome Group have announced a £25m investment in the Northern Ireland care sector as part of its plans to bring a new funding model to the province.
The group has been working with major stakeholders for the last nine months to create an investment package for the development and provision of care facilities and services.
Fairhome Group has worked with representatives from the province’s five health trusts and various leading health care experts to replicate the group’s privately funded model in Northern Ireland.
The group is now working with funders to provide investment for new care facilities. It will then develop the properties, via new build or redevelopment of existing buildings, and then work with housing and care providers to manage the assets for the long term.
The initial £25m will be invested in a number of schemes across Northern … Read More »
The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report assessing the challenges preventing health and social care from working together effectively.
In a move to encourage the Government to create a long-term plan for a sustainable, joined-up care sector, the head of the NAO, Amyas Morse, has urged further and faster progress towards a service that centres on the needs of individuals, meets growing demands for care and delivers value to the taxpayer.
“No one across government or the civil service would disagree that health and social care have to be in balance to give people quality of life, and to use the available national and local resources as efficiently as possible,” said Mr Morse.
“The hard part is agreeing how that balance is to be achieved and maintained, and who is willing to sacrifice what to bring it about.
“The NHS did not … Read More »
The Care Quality Commission (CQC), has published a report bringing together key findings and recommendations for change, following the completion of 20 local authority area reviews exploring how older people move between health and adult social care services in England.
Many older people have complex needs, and meeting these needs usually requires more than one professional and more than one agency to work together. CQC’s local system reviews provide a detailed insight into the journey through health and social care for people who use services, their families and carers – and identify where there are gaps which mean that people experience fragmented or poor care.
‘Beyond Barriers’ highlights some examples of health and care organisations working well together – and of individuals working across organisations to provide high quality care. But CQC says the reviews also found too much ineffective co-ordination of … Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Healthcare sector specialists Cushman & Wakefield team has examined average weekly fee spreads across the United Kingdom and identified the broad range of fees that care homes charged their occupiers varied according to location.
Tom Robinson, partner at Cushman and Wakefield, said: “the spread in average weekly fees highlights the way in which regional wealth impacts on profile and why so many buyers focus on the south and midlands.
“But underneath the regional zones, every micro location must be considered in detail as wealth pockets exist in all regions of the UK. Location remains a key factor when choosing to invest in a care home, both macro and micro.”
EBITDARM (Earnings Before Interest Tax Depreciation Amortisation Rent and Management) of care homes by bed is also explored. Scotland, where relatively low fees are charged, realised substantial profits and outperformed much of the regional … Read More »