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Swindon care provider awards care team

Swindon care provider awards care team

More than half the team at a Swindon care at home provider have been rewarded for their loyalty to the company at its first annual awards ceremony. The event was staged by Bluebird Care Swindon, where more than 20 carers were given a huge pat on the back for their hard work and dedication.   […]

19th September 2017 | By | Reply More
A clear plan of how social care will be funded needed from government now

A clear plan of how social care will be funded needed from government now

A leading social care spokesman has called for greater respect to be paid to the people who deliver homecare and the country’s oldest and most vulnerable people who receive it. In his last speech to the UKHCA conference as its chair, Mike Padgham spoke of his frustration that in his 11 years in the post, […]

12th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Adult health and social care charity celebrates 35 years with new CEO and branding

Adult health and social care charity celebrates 35 years with new CEO and branding

Adult health and social care charity Making Space is celebrating 35 years with a new logo and CEO. Rachel Peacock has been announced as the charity’s new chief executive officer after spending three years as director of development. And with the appointment of a new CEO comes a fresh logo and brand for Making Space, […]

12th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Bluebird Care Kent appoints Live-in Care Manager

Bluebird Care Kent appoints Live-in Care Manager

One of Kent’s leading home care providers, Bluebird Care, has promoted Liz Wilson to the new post of Live-in Care Manager to look after the company’s growing number of live-in care customers.   Liz will be responsible for overseeing and supporting the development and growth of the home care agency’s new Premium Live-in Care Service, which […]

8th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Leaked Brexit report on EU migration policy will create ‘a perfect storm’ for social care

Leaked Brexit report on EU migration policy will create ‘a perfect storm’ for social care

The ability of the homecare sector to recruit and retain sufficient care workers will be significantly challenged if proposals contained in a leaked Home Office paper on EU migration policy are implemented, says the United Kingdom Homecare Association, the professional body for domiciliary care providers. UKHCA notes that this is a leaked report, which the […]

6th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis

Better funding for social care needed now to avoid staffing crisis

A leading social care group has warned that any predicted increases in NHS pay must be matched by better funding for the independent care sector to avoid a worsening of the current staffing crisis in the sector. The Independent Care Group today welcomed reports that the government is expected to end the freeze on public […]

5th September 2017 | By | Reply More
Healthwatch report is another signal that social care is in crisis-Alzheimer’s Society

Healthwatch report is another signal that social care is in crisis-Alzheimer’s Society

Healthwatch England have analysed the experiences of 3,415 home care users, their families and front line staff across 52 local areas between August 2015 and June 2017. Over 400,000 people with dementia use home care services. Most people surveyed were positive about their home care , saying it was an invaluable service that enabled people […]

24th August 2017 | By | Reply More
ADASS responds to Healthwatch report on homecare

ADASS responds to Healthwatch report on homecare

Responding to a report by Healthwatch England on homecare services, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:   “This report provides a welcome insight into a vital service which many of us will need at some point in our lifetimes.   “Homecare is essential to enabling older and […]

24th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Best efforts of local authorities are not enough to avert the growing care crisis

Best efforts of local authorities are not enough to avert the growing care crisis

Responding to a study by Healthwatch England on home care provision, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “Home care services provide the vital support for some of our most vulnerable citizens to remain independent in their own homes. Councils are committed to driving up standards of care […]

24th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Healthwatch report points out fragility of care system says UKHCA

Healthwatch report points out fragility of care system says UKHCA

Welcoming an analysis of the views of older and disabled people by Healthwatch England, Bridget Warr CBE, Chief Executive of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, said: “As a society, we should be proud that the vast majority of people receive good support at home, but concerned that this is not always the case. “Healthwatch’s report […]

24th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Healthwatch report opens the door on home care services

Healthwatch report opens the door on home care services

Across England there are more than 8,500 home care providers, collectively helping an estimated 673,000 people to continue living independently within their communities. Over the last year, the number of local Healthwatch citing home care as a priority has doubled. Home care, also known as domiciliary care, can include regular visits from a carer to […]

24th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Nurse Plus Orpington praised in recent CQC inspection

Nurse Plus Orpington praised in recent CQC inspection

Staff at Nurse Plus’ Orpington branch are celebrating after receiving a ‘Good’ Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating during a recent inspection. The homecare service was found to be performing well across all five areas of the inspection and staff were seen to be demonstrating a good understanding of how to ensure people’s needs were met […]

22nd August 2017 | By | Reply More
Married couple separated for 10 months due to lack of available homecare

Married couple separated for 10 months due to lack of available homecare

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has asked Lincolnshire County Council to review other families’ cases after a man was separated from his wife for 10 months because there was no homecare available in his area. The man’s wife, who has mobility problems, should have returned home with the help of a care package […]

22nd August 2017 | By | Reply More
Maidstone & The Weald MP praises live-in care service

Maidstone & The Weald MP praises live-in care service

Maidstone & The Weald MP Helen Grant has praised a local home care company for launching a new premium live-in care service, which means older people who need round-the-clock care no longer need to leave their own homes to move into residential care homes.  Helen Grant visited local home care provider Bluebird Care Maidstone last […]

21st August 2017 | By | Reply More
Learning from Birmingham – China’s Health Ministry visits £60m care village

Learning from Birmingham – China’s Health Ministry visits £60m care village

Representatives from China’s Ministry of Health have visited a Birmingham care village to see how its innovative principles could be applied in the Far East.  The 19 senior delegates, representing high-level government and health departments, toured the £60m College Green development in Bournville.   It is being built by Bournville Village Trust, in partnership with […]

21st August 2017 | By | Reply More
The stark reality of care – An extra 71000 care home beds needed by 2025

The stark reality of care – An extra 71000 care home beds needed by 2025

The Lancet: An extra 71000 care home places will be needed by 2025 in England as care needs increase, study predicts. As life expectancy increases, so too have the number of years that older adults spend with substantial care needs, now reaching an average of 3.0 years for women and 2.4 years for men aged […]

16th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Care Workers Charity adds weight to campaign to highlight social care crisis

Care Workers Charity adds weight to campaign to highlight social care crisis

A leading charity providing support for care workers has added its weight to the campaign to highlight the growing crisis in the sector led by Springhill Care Group. The Caring Heroes initiative led by the group based in Accrington, Lancashire, has gathered support from MPs and leading organisations Care England and Skills for Care. Now […]

7th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Gloucestershire homecare provider creates role to smooth the path for people arranging their own care

Gloucestershire homecare provider creates role to smooth the path for people arranging their own care

Leading Gloucestershire homecare provider DoCare has created a new role within the business to help improve liaison with private clients, their families and social services. The role of Client Services Co-ordinator has been taken on by Karen Houghton, who first joined the company as a support worker in 2014 and most recently has been based […]

1st August 2017 | By | Reply More
Social Care Institute for Excellence announces appointment of former minister of state for social care

Social Care Institute for Excellence announces appointment of former minister of state for social care

Paul Burstow – social policy expert and former minister of state for social care – has been appointed as chair of the national improvement agency and independent charity, the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Following a competitive selection process and formal approval by the SCIE Board of Trustees today, Paul takes over from Lord Michael […]

28th July 2017 | By | Reply More
User and community-owned care poorly understood, new research finds

User and community-owned care poorly understood, new research finds

The growing desire for user and community-led approaches to social care is being held back by a lack of understanding of how to make them work, says a report described as a ‘wake-up call’, published today. Read here With social care in need of transformation and political parties focused on finding solutions, the new report […]

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