Tag: UKHCA

Labour announce plans for the NHS and health and social care-Comments

Labour announce plans for the NHS and health and social care-Comments

With 100 days to go to the General Election 2015 Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham announced plans to reform the health and social care system today; “Joining up care from home to hospital,” is the party’s mantra and it is in tune with the policy aspirations of many health experts and think tanks. Labour is […]

January 27, 2015 | By | Reply More
Burstow Commission – comment from Trevor Brocklebank, Home Instead

Burstow Commission – comment from Trevor Brocklebank, Home Instead

‘Betrayal of our elderly’, ‘Crisis looms as elderly see different carer every week’ – just some of the shocking headlines that dominate today’s national news media following the publication of a new report into the home care sector.   The Burstow Commission ‘Key to Care’ report follows an investigation chaired by Paul Burstow MP, former […]

December 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
How can homecare companies operate a decent care service as local authorites force bidding down?

How can homecare companies operate a decent care service as local authorites force bidding down?

As local authorities force down the value of care to £15 per hour or less a group of social care providers have vowed to continue in their fight to get fairer funding to look after older and disabled adults. Over the last 25 plus years many social care providers have been forced into closure as […]

August 1, 2014 | By | Reply More
CQC introduce special measures regime for care providers where there’s abuse, neglect and poor care

CQC introduce special measures regime for care providers where there’s abuse, neglect and poor care

  The Care Quality Commission (CQC) announced earlier today it will work together with the Adult Social Care sector to put together a new regime that will tackle failing care through special measures from April 2015. Andrea Sutcliffe, the Care Quality Commission’s Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said: “In people’s homes and care homes […]

July 16, 2014 | By | Reply More
CQC unable to hold councils to account for homecare

CQC unable to hold councils to account for homecare

Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), is reported today (The Times, 28th April 2014, see Note 1 below) as intending to penalise homecare providers willing to supply short visits of around 15 minutes to people with dementia, in an attempt to put pressure on the local councils […]

April 28, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
3% increase in National Minimum Wage places further strain homecare providers

3% increase in National Minimum Wage places further strain homecare providers

The Low Pay Commission’s recommendation of a 3% increase in National Minimum Wage by the Low Pay Commission will, if accepted by Government, benefit low-paid workers, including many who work in social care.  However, without these additional costs being recognised by local authorities, who purchase the majority of homecare, they place a further strain on the […]

February 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Right at Home comes out with UKHCA

Right at Home comes out with UKHCA

National home care provider Right at Home agrees with industry experts that it is no longer possible to deliver high quality services through many local councils, due to the budget constraints that local authorities have faced in recent years. It has supported calls from the UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) for providers to be paid a […]

February 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
Councils that encourage bidding down are squeezing quality of care and dignity of older people

Councils that encourage bidding down are squeezing quality of care and dignity of older people

One of the UK’s leading care bosses says the “quality of care and dignity of older people” are being squeezed because most councils are paying less than the industry recommended minimum for personal home care. Gary Farrer, the Managing Director of SureCare, was responding to a BBC investigation which showed that the recommended minimum was […]

February 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
BBC investigate cost of home care-UKHCA suggest fees of £15.19 per hour

BBC investigate cost of home care-UKHCA suggest fees of £15.19 per hour

Colin Angel, of the UK Homecare Association, said fees being paid were too low. Continue reading the main story-Click here How has the £15.19 figure been calculated? It assumes a care worker is receiving the minimum wage – currently £6.31 for workers over the age of 21. Added to that is the cost of travel […]

February 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cuts in social care are the root cause of A&E crisis says UKHCA

Cuts in social care are the root cause of A&E crisis says UKHCA

In response to figures highlighted yesterday by the Labour Party that show an 81% rise in the number of over-90s in England brought to A&E by ambulance, UKHCA Chair Mike Padgham said:   “Andy Burnham is absolutely right to say that a crisis in care has led to the massive increase in older people being rushed […]

January 30, 2014 | By | Reply More
Less talk and more action needed to tackle care of older and vulnerable people

Less talk and more action needed to tackle care of older and vulnerable people

The chairman of the UK’s biggest homecare organisation has called for less talk and more action to tackle the future care of the country’s older and vulnerable people. Mike Padgham, Chair of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, says he is fed up of endless reports and condemnation of the sector. And he has drawn up […]

January 17, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Funding good homecare is cost efficient and a moral responsibility for a civilised society

Funding good homecare is cost efficient and a moral responsibility for a civilised society

  United Kingdom Homecare Association, the professional association for homecare providers welcomes the London School of Economics research published today and supports the Care and Support Alliance’s call for better funding of social care.   UKHCA Chief Executive, Bridget Warr said: “As the numbers of people needing support to live independently grows, the current pattern of […]

December 16, 2013 | By | Reply More
EHRC report highlights risks to dignity and safety of people who use homecare services

EHRC report highlights risks to dignity and safety of people who use homecare services

UKHCA, the professional body for homecare providers, strongly endorses today’s findings by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, which highlight risks to the dignity and safety of people who use homecare services created by the continuing under-funding of care purchased by local councils in England. EHRC has also expressed the clear link between the low […]

October 8, 2013 | By | Reply More
ADASS agree 15 minute care visits are justified-UKHCA responds

ADASS agree 15 minute care visits are justified-UKHCA responds

DIRECTORS OF ADULT social services have argued that in some cases, 15-minutevisits to older people at home are `fully justified, and fully adequate’. But they have sympathised with all older and/or disabled people who have been inappropriately given too little time in order to have their care needs properly met. According to ADASS President Sandie […]

October 7, 2013 | By | Reply More
UKHCA responds to ADASS comments on minimum wage

UKHCA responds to ADASS comments on minimum wage

UKHCA responds to last weeks statement from Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) Click here to read, making the following observations; ‘On behalf of our member organisations, is absolutely clear that homecare workers have an unquestionable legal right to the National Minimum Wage’.   It is essential that homecare workers are adequately rewarded for […]

September 2, 2013 | By | Reply More
UKHCA welcomes new the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care

UKHCA welcomes new the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care

Homecare reps welcome appointment of Andrea Sutcliffe as The Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care   United Kingdom Homecare Association, the professional association for homecare providers, welcomed today’s announcement of the appointment of Andrea Sutcliffe as The Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission.   Bridget Warr, Chief Executive of UKHCA, said: […]

July 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Publicly-funded homecare has been squeezed in real terms over the past three years

Publicly-funded homecare has been squeezed in real terms over the past three years

Today’s Spending Round saw the Chancellor, George Osborne, announce cuts in public sector spending for 2015/16, with further reductions in the local government budget. UKHCA Chair Mike Padgham said: “There wasn’t much in the Chancellor’s speech to give us hope in social care.  Publicly-funded homecare has been squeezed in real terms over the past three […]

June 26, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
UKHCA welcomes Care Quality Commission’s New Start

UKHCA welcomes Care Quality Commission’s New Start

United Kingdom Homecare Association, the professional association for homecare providers, welcomed the Care Quality Commission’s consultation “A new start”, which opens up debate on quality standards in health and social care.   The CQC is proposing to set “Fundamental Standards” – the most basic minimum standards that the health and social care providers must meet […]

June 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
AJ Community Care awarded an A in Quality

AJ Community Care awarded an A in Quality

AJ Community Care is delighted to be awarded an ‘A’ scoring on the recent Quality Standard Assessment (QSA) conducted by Leeds City Council. Managing Director Jo Guy who also sits on the board of the UKHCA as a Non-Executive Director welcomed the QSA and opted to submit evidence achieve the ‘A’ rating as opposed to […]

May 28, 2013 | By | Reply More
Local authorities to take account of actual cost of care

Local authorities to take account of actual cost of care

Homecare reps welcome Joint Committee’s call for local authorities to take account of actual cost of care. The United Kingdom Homecare Association, the professional association for homecare providers, today welcomed the report by the Joint Committee of the House of Lords and House of Commons on the Draft Care and Support Bill. The Association particularly […]

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