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    Is national taxation the solution to funding care?

    Is national taxation the solution to funding care?

    Nine in ten (89 per cent) of councils say national taxation must be part of the solution to securing the long-term financial stability of adult social care.   Ahead of its Annual Conference in Birmingham next week, the Local Government Association has polled the leaders and adult social care cabinet members in all 152 councils […]

    1st July 2018 | By | Reply More
    Recruitment and retention of capable, valued and supported care staff has never been more critical

    Recruitment and retention of capable, valued and supported care staff has never been more critical

    Findings from the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) ‘Driving Improvement’ report – exploring how adult social care services from across the country have managed to turn around their inspection quality rating from ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ – show that the recruitment and retention of capable, valued and supported staff has never been more critical to achieving the […]

    7th June 2018 | By | Reply More
    Home care staff feel the strain of caring for people with dementia

    Home care staff feel the strain of caring for people with dementia

    Care workers who provide personal and domestic care to older people with dementia in their own homes are at risk of feeling under emotional strain and some don’t get as much support as they need, according to a new study.   Researchers at Kingston University and King’s College London explored some of the pressures facing […]

    7th June 2018 | By | Reply More
    Threadbare social care system failing those with dementia as A&E admissions rise

    Threadbare social care system failing those with dementia as A&E admissions rise

    An Alzheimer’s Society investigation has discovered tens of thousands of people with dementia each year are being admitted to A&E because inadequate social care is leaving them unprotected from falls and infections. The investigation, which involved FOI requests to NHS Trusts in England and a survey of frontline paramedics, revealed a sharp rise in emergency […]

    17th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Hft hails Royal College of Nursing’s call for NHS pay deal to be extended to social care staff

    Hft hails Royal College of Nursing’s call for NHS pay deal to be extended to social care staff

    Hft hails Royal College of Nursing’s call for NHS pay deal to be extended to social care staff, but warns local authorities must be properly funded to meet rising wage bills   Hft, a national charity that supports adults with learning disabilities, has welcomed the news that the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has written […]

    15th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    Skills for Care’s ‘Good and outstanding care guide’ helps providers improve their CQC rating

    Skills for Care’s ‘Good and outstanding care guide’ helps providers improve their CQC rating

    Skills for Care supports providers to create a well-led, skilled and valued adult social care workforce.   Skills for Care has launched an updated version of the ‘Good and outstanding care guide’ which is designed to help providers secure a good or outstanding rating when they’re inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).   The […]

    7th May 2018 | By | Reply More
    An apprentice at 50, Shelly can’t believe how good she feels

    An apprentice at 50, Shelly can’t believe how good she feels

    Shelly, is a bubbly bright Support worker who takes huge pride in her role and the difference she makes every day to the lives of people she supports at Holland House, a Consensus service which provides support for people with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Eighteen months ago, Shelly had reached the big 50 and had taken time […]

    23rd March 2018 | By | Reply More
    6 Ways to Boost Staff Retention in Your Care Home

    6 Ways to Boost Staff Retention in Your Care Home

     StriveCare have examined the working methods of the few care homes that have the lowest staff turnover rates – those that lose less than 1 in 10 of their staff each year. They wanted to discover if there are any common practices these care homes employ to retain staff. And there are. In this free […]

    13th March 2018 | By | Reply More
    The power of networks in adult social care

    The power of networks in adult social care

    Good managers and leaders in social care are committed to embedding best practice through engaging with their peers, sharing information and growing their knowledge. The importance and value of networking shouldn’t be underestimated. Skills for Care facilitates registered manager networks, covering every local authority area in England. They offer registered managers the chance to meet […]

    1st March 2018 | By | Reply More
    Bluebird Care Swindon has appoints a new director

    Bluebird Care Swindon has appoints a new director

    Care at home provider Bluebird Care Swindon has appointed a new director.   Katrina Simms, who joined the company in 2014 as care manager, becomes operations director, supporting founder and managing director Ben Curtis.   “Katrina has, in the time she has been with Bluebird Care Swindon, played a huge part in helping make it […]

    12th February 2018 | By | Reply More
    How can adult social care employers get involved in National Careers Week 2018?

    How can adult social care employers get involved in National Careers Week 2018?

    National Careers and Apprenticeship week will be taking place between 05 and 09 March 2018. It’s a great opportunity to link up with local schools, colleges and job centres to promote adult social care as a positive career choice – and you can help! There are lots of low cost and easy ways you can […]

    12th February 2018 | By | Reply More
    Bridging the gap between schools and adult social care employers- are you ready?

    Bridging the gap between schools and adult social care employers- are you ready?

    Are you looking to get on the radar of your local schools, colleges and University? January is the perfect time to do this, as students start to make decisions about their careers or further education. One way to do this is by joining I Care…Ambassadors. This initiative is facilitated by Skills for Care, and supports […]

    28th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    Councils must meet all assessed care needs says Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

    Councils must meet all assessed care needs says Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

    People who need care should not be asked to choose which of their needs, identified through an assessment, their council should meet, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said. An investigation by the Ombudsman found a man was placed in this situation, incurring him more than £17,000 in costs, by Northamptonshire County Council. […]

    18th January 2018 | By | Reply More
    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 […]

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