Specialist business property adviser, Christie & Co has published its fourth annual report on adult social care.
The report highlights the sector’s continued funding and staffing challenges, as well as the causes and impacts of winter 2017/18 which saw unprecedented levels of pressure on NHS hospital trusts, with 24 trusts reporting a ‘Code Black’ state across the UK.
The report, ‘Adult Social Care 2018: Funding, Staffing and the Winter Crisis’, also presents data gathered from surveys of local authorities and more than 200 leading operators across elderly and specialist care in the UK, particularly looking at the use of agency staff, costs and fees, and how the Government’s additional funding has been used.
The 2018 report outlines the continued challenges the sector faces in both recruiting and retaining trained staff. Whilst the removal of the cap on Tier 2 visas for overseas nurses … 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 »
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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 »
In the 29th edition of Care Homes for Older People UK market report, released in late July, market analysts
LaingBuisson say new data has led to a reappraisal of whether there is likely to be a care home supply crisis.
The UK market for care homes for older people is estimated to be worth £16.9bn in the year to March 2018, which represents nominal growth of about 3% with respect to the previous year.
LaingBuisson has collated and analysed data taken from CQC reports on individual care homes which shows that overall occupancy of care homes is lower than previously thought. It shows that the aggregate numbers of residents as a percentage of registered beds is 85%, whereas the widely accepted occupancy benchmark had been around 90%.
The research also points to there being a good deal of ‘latent provision’ in care homes, which … Read More »
A family business which owns and operates five care homes across the East Midlands has released figures
supporting a recent report commissioned by Skills for Care and Development about care homes’ contribution to local economies.
The report showed that adult social care employers contribute £46.2bn to the UK economy. For the 2017/18 financial year, Milford Care contributed just over £5m in total gross payroll costs for all their homes.
Milford Care has five care homes across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, with a sixth set to open later this year, further highlighting the success of the sector and providing even more job opportunities in the area.
“The care sector does a lot for our economy and it is positive news that this is being recognised.” said Milford Care director Pierre Falleth.
“These positive stories are important as there are too many negative stories out there. As a … 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 »
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 »
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 »