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Prime Minister Theresa May called to put our eldest and vulnerable at the top of her New Year resolution list

Prime Minister Theresa May called to put our eldest and vulnerable at the top of her New Year resolution list

A social care provider is calling on the Prime Minister to make looking after our oldest and most vulnerable top of her New Year resolution list in his third letter to her. Mike Padgham has told Theresa May that the crisis in the care of our oldest and most vulnerable continues to get worse and […]

27th December 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Elf & Safety’ top of the agenda for healthcare professionals as they support The Alzheimer’s Society

‘Elf & Safety’ top of the agenda for healthcare professionals as they support The Alzheimer’s Society

Bluebird Care Shropshire is supporting The Alzheimer’s Society this Friday (Dec 8) as they take part in ELF DAY to offer support and raise awareness of dementia. The award-winning company provides at-home care to people living in Shrewsbury, Church Stretton, Oswestry, Ellesmere and the surrounding areas. It will be holding activities at its head offices […]

5th December 2017 | By | Reply More
Worrying number of care homes not up to scratch!

Worrying number of care homes not up to scratch!

A lack of good quality care means some parts of the country have more than half of their care home beds in homes rated as requiring improvement or inadequate, according to a new investigation by consumer champion Which?. Which? analysis of Care Quality Commission (CQC) data shows that in six local authority areas, good quality […]

29th November 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Request for cross-party action on social care ignored in Budget 2017

Request for cross-party action on social care ignored in Budget 2017

Today’s budget has completed a nasty double-whammy for the country’s oldest and most vulnerable, a social care group says. Philip Hammond’s budget speech contained no mention of social care, despite figures showing that the number of older and vulnerable adults going without the care they need has shot up to 1.2m. This follows hot on […]

22nd November 2017 | By | Reply More
Damian Green announces Green Paper to lay out plans to reform care and support

Damian Green announces Green Paper to lay out plans to reform care and support

The First Secretary of State and Minister for the Cabinet Office, Damian Green, has announced today that the Government will publish a Green Paper on care and support for older people by Summer 2018. The Paper will set out plans for how Government proposes to improve care and support for older people and tackle the […]

16th November 2017 | By | Reply More
United Kingdom Homecare Association announces appointments to board

United Kingdom Homecare Association announces appointments to board

United Kingdom Homecare Association is delighted to announce three non-executive directors were elected to join UKHCA’s able and committed Board at our recent Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 10 October 2017.  The new Board members are: ·   David Chalk of Windrush Care Ltd, Gloucestershire ·   Lynn James of Carebridge Staffing Ltd, Kent ·   Gavin Stedman-Bryce, […]

26th October 2017 | By | Reply More
1.2 million people going without the social care they need-State of Care

1.2 million people going without the social care they need-State of Care

Frustrated care providers say a lack of action on funding means the number of older and vulnerable adults going without the care they need has shot up to 1.2m. The State of Care report released today by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reports that care homes are closing and homecare providers are handing back contracts because […]

10th October 2017 | By | Reply More
CQC give ‘Outstanding’ rating for Guisborough home care provider

CQC give ‘Outstanding’ rating for Guisborough home care provider

Management, staff and care workers at Caremark (Redcar & Cleveland), the Guisborough based home care provider, are feeling elated following the result of their latest inspection by their regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).   The company, which employs over 200 staff and delivers 4000 hours of care and support each week to vulnerable people […]

10th October 2017 | By | Reply More
No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed

No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed

Responding to the latest delayed transfers of care figures published today by NHS England, Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Chairman of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “No one’s elderly parent, grandparents or friends should be left unnecessarily in a hospital bed, when they could be treated in the comfort and dignity of their […]

10th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Care England warns about CQC next phase

Care England warns about CQC next phase

The closing date has now passed for the Care Quality Commission’s recent consultation on their next phase of regulation. This was the second consultation on proposed changes to the way the CQC regulate health and adult social care services. They asked for views on how the CQC should respond to our changing society and the […]

10th August 2017 | By | Reply More
Fears grow that Brexit could cause staff shortages in social care

Fears grow that Brexit could cause staff shortages in social care

A Dorset care provider has spoken out over fears escalating recruitment problems and vacancy rates in the care system could get worse after Britain leaves the European Union. Brian Westlake, chairman of Dorset and Somerset care organisation Altogether Care said: “Social care has benefited from free movement of labour across the EU, hence the vision of […]

2nd August 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 […]

27th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Care Inspectorate award coveted six star reviews for West Coast care services

Care Inspectorate award coveted six star reviews for West Coast care services

A leading housing and care provider has received glowing praise from the Care Inspectorate after gaining five and six star reviews for its West Coast services. Blackwood’s Care Home and Care at Home/Housing Support services across North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Glasgow, Inverclyde, East Renfrewshire and West Dumbartonshire received an overall five star review – a […]

21st July 2017 | By | Reply More
The collapse of social care looms nearer

The collapse of social care looms nearer

Care England, a representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has launched its results of a survey on pay.  The first of its kind, the results of this survey are in line with other key messages from the sector namely the fragility of the system owing to inadequate and unsustainable fees from Local […]

12th July 2017 | By | Reply More
The human story behind the headlines on the real cost of dementia care

The human story behind the headlines on the real cost of dementia care

According to the BBC in 2010 just 5% of NHS hospitals give staff formal training to care for patients with dementia. It was then reported that patients with severe dementia had a bad experiences when in hospital or as outpatients. In 2010 most staff did not know how to meet the needs of dementia patients […]

5th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Chronic social care problems run deeper than zero hours contracts

Chronic social care problems run deeper than zero hours contracts

Social care providers have blasted the practice of “zero hours commissioning” by local authorities across Wales.   According to Care Forum Wales, the way domiciliary care was procured and the tendering processes that were unfit for purpose meant that zero hours contracts were the only viable option in many cases.     Even so, the […]

14th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Conservative manifesto plans on Social Care – The biggest stealth tax in history?

Conservative manifesto plans on Social Care – The biggest stealth tax in history?

Today’s result and the scrutiny of the Conservative manifesto pledges calls into question how social care should really be delivered. A long term strategy working with NHS nurses delivering a fair care service has been suggested by the Bow Group. It would be interesting to hear from care providers, on their views of where we […]

9th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Dementia care leader comments: Stop stigmatising care homes

Dementia care leader comments: Stop stigmatising care homes

Paul Smith, Dementia care leader speak earnestly in defence of dementia care in care homes. Care homes have been getting their fair share of media attention recently as the General Election looms; the various political parties jostle for a hearing in regards to social care and health care funding. It was back in April 2014 […]

6th June 2017 | By | Reply More
UKHCA’s responds to the Conservative party’s social care proposals with own manifesto

UKHCA’s responds to the Conservative party’s social care proposals with own manifesto

“UKHCA has repeatedly called for the balance of responsibility for funding social care between the individual and the state to be clarified.  Discussion about proposals contained in the Conservative Party manifesto show that social care is an important issue for the public.   “There would need to be a genuine consultation with stakeholders and experts […]

24th May 2017 | By | Reply More
Political parties must make a commitment to social care and the people it supports

Political parties must make a commitment to social care and the people it supports

With six weeks to go before the general election on 8 June, VODG is calling on political parties to put human rights, social care funding and the workforce at the heart of their manifesto commitments.   Election campaigns must also be accessible to disabled people, argues VODG – the national charity that represents leading not-for-profit […]

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