Tag: Residential Care

‘No confidence’ in the ‘shambolic’ CQC regulation system

Posted on February 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

In concluding his presentation to the National Care Homes Congress, English Community Care Association chief executive Martin Green described social care’s regulatory landscape as being “in chaos, run by a shambolic management and in need of root and branch reform”.The vigorous acclaim these comments elicited from congress delegates prompted Andrew Larpent, chair of the National Care Forum and chief executive of Somerset Care, to propose that the Congress should make a formal expression of no confidence in the capacity of the Care Quality Commission to discharge its functions. The statement, which was signed by many delegates over the two days of the Congress, was sent to the Prime Minister and the Health Secretary. The statement read as follows:

At the National Care Homes Congress in Birmingham on 22 June 2011 delegates discussed the regulation of health and social care. It was … Read More »

Which? report makes us question regulator’s performance

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A covert operation by Which? magazine has shown what happens wehn inspectors don’t inspect, says JOHN BURTON

‘Inadequate food, unclean and unsafe environments and understimulated and inactive residents.’ These are just some of the gloomy realities that three actors living as residents in four randomly selected care homes experienced when they investigated care homes for Which? magazine.

When Which? put their findings to CQC they got the standard anodyne response: ‘The evidence . . . describes care that falls below what people using social care services have a right to expect . . . CQC listens to the views and experience of people who use services and look at what data tells us in order to identify possible risks, then reviews and inspects services. Seeing for ourselves what’s going on in care homes is a key part of our regulatory regime . … Read More »

Gold Standard Framework: accreditation process is rigorous but rewarding

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

By MARGARET STOBBART-ROWLANDS, Gold Standards Framework project manager

Care homes and their staff are often the subject of negative tabloid stories reporting neglect and poor quality care for frail, helpless residents. It is rare to read or hear of care home managers, nurses or care assistants being lauded for their efforts. But at a recent conference this frequently maligned group received the praise many in the sector deserve.

Addressing the Bi-Annual Gold Standards Framework in Care Homes (GSF) Event in London, Annie Stevenson, of the Age UK supported initiative ‘My Home Life’ said: “We’re talking about engaging hearts and minds and you’re doing it. You are the unsung heroes of end of life care.”

Staff from 38 homes were at the event to collect their GSF Quality Hallmark Awards in recognition of their completion of its rigorous accreditation process. One hundred homes a … Read More »

Advocacy – care providers need to play a bigger role

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While the role of independent advocates in social care is being increasingly recognised, recent research suggests care providers could do more to facilitate their clients’ access to advocacy services

A study undertaken by researchers exploring the use of advocacy by older people over the age of 65 has shown that only a quarter of service providers had referred a service user for advocacy.

The study, conducted by Geraldine Brown, research fellow and Nicola Standen, research associate at the Applied Research Centre in Sustainable Regeneration, Coventry University, found that many service providers recognised the beneficial role advocacy could play in meeting the needs of people aged 65 and over with mental health needs.

A significant proportion, 88%, of the service providers questioned – including care assistants, managers, service co-ordinators and support workers – reported that they thought advocacy would be beneficial, to some extent, … Read More »

Proposals welcomed for the 3rd National Care Homes Congress

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

_Caring Times_ and the_ Journal of Dementia Car_e are delighted to announce that the 3rd Annual National Care Homes Congress will take place from 23rd –  24th June 2010 at the fantastic Clarendon Suites in Birmingham.  

The purpose of the event is to offer management an unique opportunity to get together, network and examine and report on the evidence for what should be happening in care homes.  The Congress benefits from the support of all four of the main provider organisations, ECCA, NCA, NCF and RNHA and is also supported by the West Midlands Care Association.

The Congress, which has been a huge success since its inception in 2008, will be held in Birmingham over two days, starting with two plenaries to which everyone will be invited.  

The plenaries will be followed by four parallel sessions for the rest of the … Read More »

Supported living conference will examine the likely impact on the future of residential care

Posted on December 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Healthcare sector analysts Laing & Buisson will host a conference on supported living in London on Thursday, June 4.

Titled ‘Opportunities for partnership and barriers to progress’ the event will focus on the latest trends in the sector and make a detailed comparison with developments in residential care.

With contributions from government spokespersons, providers, commissioners and exp

Supported Living – the pressure to deregister

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Learning disability care home providers are coming under increasing pressure from commissioners to deregister with CSCI and to convert the accommodation to supported living. Several local authorities have issued ‘tool kits’ to their care home providers advocating transformation to support living. This comment from the ‘tool kit’ issued by Surrey County Council in May 2008 is typical:

‘Between now and 2011 the Government has charged all local authorities with making substantial progress in transforming their local social care market by shifting the balance o

New trends in older people’s housing

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By DAVID HUGHES, senior partner, Pozzoni Architects

With an aging population in the UK, the ability to provide adequate older people’s housing is becoming increasingly more relevant. Quality accommodation is however, not only required to ensure that our more vulnerable citizens are provided for; with people not only living longer, but staying active until much later in life, we also need to make sure that most older people without any specific care needs have a reasonable selection of decent housing to choose from.

At Pozzoni we have travelled the world to bring back the best knowledge and

National Care Homes Congress: Sharing best practice in care

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An important new annual event for the long term care sector was established last month at the First National Care Homes Congress.

Before you say “not another event”, the almost 250 delegates who attended said, practically without exception, there was a genuine need for the event and encouraged Caring Times to hold the event again next year.

In his welcome address to delegates Dr

US care sector – performance diverges as home healthcare expands

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The US stock market has had investors holding their breath this year. Since 9th March all three indexes have experienced massive upward swings. The Dow Jones and S&P500 have climbed 26% and 30% respectively and the NASDAQ (traditionally the home of newer more technology biased businesses) has jumped almost 36%.

Some commentators are calling the end of the savage bear market which began in the summer of 2007 although it should remembered that the Dow and S&P remain, for example, 40% below their July 2007 highs.

The US listed social care sector has clearly been affected by the above gyrations in the markets although it is intriguing to note how different segments within the market have performed.

In broad terms the sector benefits from strong fundamentals. The prime target group for nursing homes are the over 85s. That population is expected … Read More »

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