Tag: Reports


Fees and profitability not necessarily directly linked

Posted on May 11th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Fees and profitability not necessarily directly linked

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 »


Sunrise to pay £2m in compensation to residents

Posted on May 9th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Sunrise to pay £2m in compensation to residents

The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) has secured more than £2m in compensation for residents of care home operator Sunrise Senior Living as part of an investigation into compulsory ‘upfront fees’.

Sunrise has said it will give money back to the vast majority of residents who paid such fees since 1 October 2015. This will apply to residents who have left or leave within two years of moving in to one of the company’s care homes. If the resident dies within this time, their family will receive the compensation.

The move comes as part of the CMA’s ongoing investigation into how some care homes charge for their services. This uncovered that Sunrise’s description of its upfront fee – running to several thousands of pounds per person – and how it would be used, was unclear. Moreover, prospective residents were having to pay … 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 »


Brunelcare rises to the challenge of health and social care integration

Posted on April 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Brunelcare rises to the challenge of health and social care integration

Not-for-profit social care provider Brunelcare has published a study report on integration of health and social care sub-headed Rising to the

challenge.

In February a cross-functional working group within Brunelcare was established to compile a report showing and evidencing how the charity contributes to the integration of health and social care within the South West, the region in which Brunel Care’s services are provided.

A key focus for the working group was to respond to the National Audit Office report on health and social care integration published in February.

In gathering ‘best-practice’ evidence for the report, the group focused on two specific elements of Brunelcare’s performance: (1) how they help reduce hospital admissions and (2) reducing delays to transfer of care from hospital to other settings.

Sandra Payne, Brunelcare’s head of clinical excellence said the charity’s report acknowledges and agrees with the key findings of … Read More »


Family firms make strong showing

Posted on April 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Family firms make strong showing

A business report shows that the contribution health and social care services family firms make to the UK economy amounts to almost £23 billion of total gross value added (GVA) to UK gross domestic product (GDP).

The UK Family Business Sector Report, produced by Oxford Economics for the Institute for Family Business (IFB) Research Foundation, says that in the health and social care services sector there are more 277,000 family firms employing 859,000 people, providing 48.9% of private sector employment. And they are growing – their turnover has increased by £4.4bn in the last year.

“The family business health and social care services sector creates a substantial proportion of the UK’s GDP, and we are proud to champion and delighted to celebrate this incredible contribution,” said IFB director Elizabeth Bagger.

“To ensure family businesses continue to flourish, we’re calling on the Government to support … Read More »


Retirement housing failing to meet growing demand, says Knight Frank

Posted on April 13th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Retirement housing failing to meet growing demand, says Knight Frank

Global property consultancy Knight Frank says current stock levels of retirement housing and projected demographic changes highlight a critical undersupply of age-appropriate homes.

In its latest report, The Case for Retirement Housing, the firm assesses the drivers of what it describes as an ‘imminent crisis’. There are currently 11.8m people in the UK over the age of 65, which is forecast to rise by 20% over the next decade. This means that the time spent in ‘retirement’ will also lengthen, underpinning the need for retirement housing.

The gap between the potential pool of demand and current supply is stark. Present stock (from age-restricted over-55s housing to housing with care) comprises 725,000 homes, which equates to just .2.6% of the total housing stock in the UK.

Knight Frank’s research suggests that about 25% of over-55s would consider downsizing; or moving into some sort of … 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 »


NICE issues guideline for good practice in adult social care

Posted on April 9th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on NICE issues guideline for good practice in adult social care

Caring Times, April 2018

NICE has launched a new guideline on People’s experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services.

The guideline covers good practice in the care and support of all adults who use services and aims to improve their experience of services.

People who use services were involved in the development of the guideline and the recommendations are based on what they consider to be important in their care and support.

The guideline can be viewed on the NICE website: www.nice.org.uk/guidance/ng86


Integration is a ‘smokescreen’, says report

Posted on March 29th, by geoff in Caring Times. No Comments

A report by the Centre for Welfare Reform challenges the concept of health and social care integration and calls for a new, independent inspection body for social care.

Published in late March, ‘Reforming Social Care – time for radical change’ expresses doubt that any of the main political parties understand the seriousness of the situation facing social care or have the strategies to respond effectively to any of the challenges it presents.

The report’s author, Dr Robin Jackson, visiting research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire, debunks the idea of health and social care integration, citing Dame Denise Platt, the outgoing chair of the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) who, 10 years ago , said the values of social care might be similar to health but the underpinning policy assumptions were different.

“The argument that a merger of health and social care … Read More »


New guidelines for recognising and assessing pain in older adults

Posted on March 23rd, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on New guidelines for recognising and assessing pain in older adults

New recommendations to help healthcare professionals recognise and assess levels of pain in older people have been published in the scientific journal Age and Ageing.

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) says there is growing evidence to demonstrate that chronic pain is more prevalent among the older population and pain that interferes with everyday activities increases with age. Alleviating pain in the older population is therefore a priority.

The guidelines seek to address specific areas in which improvements can be made. Specific areas that were identified as presenting a particular challenge when managing older people’s pain included ‘stoicism’ which can result in the underreporting of pain, the perception that increasing pain is a natural part of ageing and 10 minute consultations in the UK general practice which often limits older adults from engaging in meaningful conversation about their pain. It was also noted … Read More »



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