Homes around the country will open up their doors this weekend €“ giving the public a chance to learn about the sector and its workforce
Care Home Open Day is a chance to showcase the best of care work
Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan
One of the biggest providers of UK home care is in financial difficulty.
Allied Healthcare, which cares for 13,500 elderly and vulnerable patients across the UK, is set to file for protection from its creditors due to a "highly challenging environment".
Wales hikes social care savings limit
The Welsh Government has raised the capital limit for social care residents to 40,000 pounds
ROUNDTABLE: Social care funding: a sustainable future?
Jane Ashcroft (JA), CEO, Anchor, Joan Elliott (JE), General Manager, Bupa UK Care Services, Matthew Proctor (MP), Chief Financial Officer, Avery Healthcare, and John Ransford (JR), Non-Executive Director, HC-One, assess the current social care funding climate and discuss a way towards a sustainable future.
It must work better than a marriage': personal assistants in social care
Around 70,000 disabled people in England employ PAs to help them live the kind of lives others take for granted
NHS Digital awards 1.4m to tackle delayed transfers of care
NHS Digital have awarded 1.4m pounds to projects that help ease the process of moving patients from hospitals to social care.
Help us to build a dedicated care workforce fit for the future
Consultation on strategy for adult social care closes soon €“ and we want to hear from those already working in the sector - Caroline Dinenage is the care minister
MPs seriously worried about social care green paper focus
A cross-party group of 98 MPs, including 21 select committee chairs, have written to the prime minister urging her to establish a parliamentary commission to examine ways to increase resources for the under-pressure health and social care system
Call for Parliamentary Commission alongside Green Paper on social care
Ninety-eight Westminster politicians have written to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for a Parliamentary Commission to look at a long-term funding solution for health & social care.
Among the signatories to the letter are 21 select committee chairs who say the proposed commission could examine witnesses and make recommendations by Easter next year.
Councils face 'decades more austerity' as social care set to account for half of town hall revenues
Councils could also be forced to squeeze budgets on other public services such as housing, bin collections and roads, IFS says
Will Jeremy Hunt's principles for social care reform prove to be pillars of wisdom?
Health and social care secretary pledges to jump-start debate on funding €“ but fails to promise emergency cash
Jeremy Hunt confirms individual costs for social care to be capped
Health secretary tells social workers conference the current charging system is far from fair
The spark will ignite - how poetry helps engage people with dementia
Shared reading has a significant impact on mood, concentration and social interaction. A Liverpool charity is running sessions in care homes
Digital Health partners with PRSB to support health and social care leaders
The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) and Digital Health have launched a partnership to support NHS and social care leaders in the digital transformation of health and care.
The collaboration will see Digital Health, host of Digital health Networks, and the PRSB work closely to help promote the development and adoption of standards amongst health and social care leaders as a key enabler to sharing information digitally between care providers.
Government will legislate to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Ministers broadly accept Liberty Protection Safeguards system proposed by Law Commission and pledge to legislate when parliamentary time allows
The Spring Statement Failed To Confront The Social Care Crisis
People with long-term health conditions and their carers are being pushed to breaking point
Tigger-like Hammond's Spring Statement condemned by social care's Eeyores
Philip Hammond was bouncy as he delivered his Spring Statement, describing himself as €˜positively Tigger-like€™ while announcing the economy had grown every year since 2010, however his speech gave no joy to the care sector.
Social care must be given parity with NHS to avoid delayed transfers of care
A sustainable social care system is key to a sustainable NHS, the LGA has argued in response to NHS Englands latest delayed transfers of care (DToC) figures which revealed a total of 152,300 delayed days in January.
Whitehall blasted for over-simplification of social care crisis
Council chiefs have criticised the Government€™s response to a report on the care home market describing it as a €˜serious over-simplification€™ of the adult social care crisis.
Counting the cost of adult social care as councils set spending budgets
How to fund adult social care is a question on the lips of all councils as they finalise their budgets for the next financial year.
Call for clamp down on care home chiefs charging for rooms after death
CARE home residents are vulnerable to immediate eviction and sharp practices because of secretive care providers, a probe has found.
LGA urges for social care to have equal footing to NHS to close funding gap
Historic underfunding of adult social care is impacting on inpatient services, the LGA has warned.
Care workers hailed for battling weather to keep services running
Staff have slept overnight in care homes and walked miles through blizzards to reach clients
NICE issues guideline for adult social care
NICE has launched a new guideline on People€™s experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services.
The guideline covers good practice in the care and support of all adults who use services and aims to improve their experience of services.
What is the cost of care?
The number of people who require social care in later life is rising. What is the best way to prepare for this possibility and how can the costs be met?
The drive for better care for older LGBT people I wont put up with prejudice
A training play for care homes and €˜older LGBT champion€™ badges are among initiatives addressing diversity awareness
Profit-hungry firms are gambling on social care. Are the stakes too high?
Private equity firms have amassed huge debt buying up care homes. If they collapse, older people will be the losers
GDPR - what it means for the health and social care sector
Next May, when the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, is not the finish line, says Monaghan, but the start. And it is the start of a marathon, not a sprint.
Social care workforce has been neglected, says National Audit Office
The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. This is the major finding of a National Audit Office (NAO) report released in early February.
The report said the number of people working in care was not meeting the country€™s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing.
Dementia tax Millions of over 40s face paying MORE National Insurance every year
MILLIONS of workers aged 40 and over face paying hundreds of pounds more National Insurance (NI)in radical plans that Theresa Mays ex-defacto deputy Damian Green admits could be described as a dementia tax.
NHS England promotes joint working with local authorities
England€™s top A&E doctor is calling for a closer working relationship between the NHS and local authorities to help improve the health of local communities.
Adult social care workforce consultation opens
A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in partnership with Skills for Care. The deadline for responses is Monday, April 9th.
Independent survey to assess impact of sleep-in pay crisis on future of social care
New independent research(1) launched today will assess how the nation€™s care and support sector is affected by an estimated £400m bill for sleep-in shifts back pay.
Joint inquiry launched on long-term funding of adult social care
The Communities and Local Government and Health Committees launch a joint inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care to feed in to the Government's forthcoming Green Paper.
Dementia research must study care as well as cure
The need for a cure for dementia is pressing, but practical solutions to benefit those with the condition are also vital
Former minister calls for pensions shake-up to fund social care
A CARE pension which helps cover costs for people later in life should be introduced, a former minister said yesterday. Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London and ex-pensions minister, said a solution is needed which could help people build up protection against the possibility of huge care costs later in life.
Making The Case For Better Care And Making It Happen
With a government green paper on reforming care due this summer, expectations are mixed.
Some see this as the best and only opportunity to fix the beleaguered care system. The latest care report from the National Audit Office warns of a Cinderella service in danger of collapse.
IN THE LOOP Andrea Sutcliffe looks at the challenges in 2018
Following her CBE in the New Years Honours List, Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), looks ahead to the challenges the coming year poses.
Social care allowances are confusing and the government must offer clarity
The current system is convoluted. People need to know if they have to save for later-life care
eople with dementia trapped in hospital amid social care crisis
People with dementia are increasingly trapped in hospital due to Britain€™s deepening social care crisis, campaigners have warned.
Adult social care is privatisation irreversible
The privatisation of adult social care is a 30-year process that has grown unchecked, made worse by austerity politics. Should the private sector lose interest and leave the market, the consequences will be grave.
Could the Montessori method help people with dementia
The approach has had positive results in the US, Canada and Australia and is now being introduced in the UK
Smarter homes could save NHS and social care system 2.5bn a year
Creating more modified homes, which encourage older people to keep mentally and physically fit for longer, could help save the NHS and social care system billions of pounds each year, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Social care system at the point of crisis with 2.5bn funding gap predicted
There is a warning that without extra money the situation will get worse and worse, with a 2.5bn shortfall by 2020.
Government must act to halt crisis in social care recruitment
Undervalued and poorly rewarded care workers are leaving the sector, and they are not being replaced quickly enough to meet demand
Care sector Short of nurses and other key staff
Low rates of pay and workload pressures mean care services can no longer fill key posts in England, a watchdog says.
Replace National Insurance with tax dedicated to NHS and social care, say experts
A Lib Dem-backed report calls for extra funding to be ring-fenced for the next three years, and social care costs to be capped.
Councils give cautious welcome to extra 150m for social care
Cash injection is a temporary measure that will not ease wider pressures, local authorities warn
The Guardian view on council spending a crisis unfolding
Eight years of savage cuts are driving local government and the services it provides to the brink of viability. Crisis management is no answer to this looming catastrophe
Disability care crisis More than a million carers are over 60
Vulnerable and disabled people face a crisis because their carers are becoming too old to look after them, charities warn. A third of carers in England and Wales €“ more than a million €“ are over 60.
Combining social care and the NHS will help avoid another winter crisis and save lives
A winter crisis shouldnt be inevitable, and we should never be close to the situation we continually find ourselves in
Tory backbanchers threaten rebellion over social care for the shires
The embattled Prime Minister faces fresh threats over opposition from her own party, this time in relation to town hall funding.
ADASS calls for long-term funding plan for social care
Social services directors have called for more funding for the sector, whilst praising the efforts of care staff over the winter.
Social care at tipping point as back pay crisis grows, warn councils
In a letter to the Observer, ministers have been urged to plug the £400m hole created by new rules on overnight care
NHS NHS tax suggested to plug huge funding gap
A FORMER top Treasury official has called for a new NHS and social care tax to help plug the gap in health service funding.
MPs launch inquiry into long-term adult social care funding
Parliamentary inquiry to report on long-term solutions to adult social care funding crisis ahead of green paper on older people's care
Jeremy Hunt urged to delay NHS shake-up to integrate health and social care
Health Committee chair Sarah Wollaston says Jeremy Hunt should delay NHS reforms amid fears of reduced provision.
Will a rebranded Department of Health change anything?
In another week of extreme pressure across the NHS, with senior hospital doctors telling the prime minister that the situation is intolerable, the Department of Health has been rebranded. But will it make any difference?
We need a new care deal to tackle the challenges of an ageing population
Our campaign will explore social isolation, the care workforce, community responses to health and care needs, and what future provision could look like
What Jeremy Hunt Must Do To Fix The Social Care Crisis
Before we get too carried away with the addition of social care to Jeremy Hunts job title, its important to remind ourselves of two things.
First, the social care system has been in the grips of a deepening crisis since well before the start of his tenure.
Jeremy Hunt keeps Heath Secretary with added social care brief despite overseeing NHS winter crisis
Mr Hunt had been tipped for a sideways to a different department, after becoming hugely unpopular with many patients and health staff
We need to talk about doing social care differently
Of course the money matters. But the debate about social care should be about meaning and purpose as well as who pays
A brave and bold new world: my vision for social care
The green paper should put care at the heart of communities and invest in the people and innovations that will deliver it
The big issue: healthcare is too important to be left to the politicians
Restructuring of the NHS is essential, but the task needs to be taken out of the political arena and placed with a royal commission of experts
Leading social care figures and chiefs receive New Year's honours
Several leading figures in adult and children€™s social care have been recognised in the New Year€™s honours list.
Social care in 2018 time to think about the future workforce
With 90,000 vacancies, recruitment and retention is social care€™s most pressing issue. We are calling for a national campaign to find the right people for the job
Winter social care pressures Crisis was here before the snow, and is still here after it
As one of the coldest recent Decembers drew to a close, experts share their views on the state of adult care services
Set Brexit aside here are the political issues you must not lose sight of in 2018
With unprecedented government cuts, hard times lie ahead for millions affected by poverty, homelessness, disability, universal credit and the social care crisis
Why it's difficult to attract younger people into the social care sector
Staff shortages are set to cause a crisis. That€™s why organisations are reaching out to young people to show how rewarding a career in care can be
More than 2.3 million elderly people are missing out on vital social care, says Labour
Older people in the most deprived areas are more likely to miss out on much-needed help with everyday tasks
Tory MP calls for social care to be centrally funded along lines of NHS
A Tory MP has urged ministers to consider centralised funding of social care in a similar system to the NHS.
How Do We Navigate The Black Hole Of Dementia Care Research?
Every year we invest millions of pounds in academic research, but how are these learnings applied in health and social care practice?
Human stories will convince the public that social care is worth investing in
Green paper must create a clear and compelling picture of living well with disability and in older age
PHE Advice on Flu in Care Homes
Public Health England have issued guidance on the management of outbreaks of influenza like illness (ILI) in care homes
Meeting With CQC
Blog Post 18 Dec 2017
The Association was represented at a National meeting with CQC by Debbie Le Quesne. Debbie is also the Co-chair of the Care Association Alliance which represents the Care Associations across the Country.
Slashing queues, helping new mothers: NHS explores apps for care in a digital age
Doctors, tech experts and scientists tested new ideas at a health €˜hackathon€™ €“ now a fund aims to back the best with cash
Social care postcode gap widens for older people
Council funding cuts have reduced help for the old in deprived areas, study shows
Richard Humphries: Could social care finally become truly local?
Had T S Eliot been thinking of social care when he wrote The Wasteland, November not April would have been the cruellest month.
More than 1,400 NHS dementia patients well enough to go home at Christmas will be stranded in hospital, warns charity
Lack of social care funding €˜turning wards into waiting rooms€™ as figures shows dementia patients are delayed up to 10 times longer than hospital patients without the condition
Consultation begins on social care info for NHS.UK
Initial focus to be on how future website for health service can support social care of senior citizens
NHS Digital has begun a consultation on what social care information, notably for people aged over 65, should be included on the future NHS.UK website.
The state of social care shames us all
Care homes are unfairly relying on better-off residents to subsidise others care. The government urgently needs to increase funding to the sector
Urgent talks over future of Four Seasons care homes in UK
Creditor H 2 makes concessions amid crisis at health firm caring for 17,000 elderly and vulnerable people
5 Ways to Sustain High-Quality Social Care
So youve developed your company€™s first dedicated social customer service team€”congrats Now how do you keep it going
Plans for cap on social care costs in 2020 pulled by government
Consultation on social care reform will include proposals for a limit on individual spend on care, but 72000 cap will not be introduced in three years
NHS wards becoming long stay institutions amid lack of social care
Hospitals are being turned into long-stay institutions, amid a crisis in social care, with more than 17,000 people now stuck on hospital wards for at least three weeks, official figures show.
There is no silver bullet for social care, but ministers must not dodge the issue
With services under severe strain, the government must catalyse a culture shift that puts prevention at the heart of care
NHS bosses sound alarm over hospitals already running at 99% capacity
Bed shortages prompting concern for patient safety even before onset of winter weather and anticipated major flu outbreak
Disabled People Are Not For Sale
The UK has had a policy of competitive tendering for public services since the 1980s. There is no evidence to support this policy - but plenty of evidence that it has a severe negative impact on social care and human rights.
We need a massive expansion of volunteers in public services
More people would get involved in voluntary work if we threw open the doors of our hospitals and care homes and made it easier for them
Care home provider under threat as Labour attacks profit-first firms
Four Seasons Health Care, which looks after 17,000 residents, could go into administration after talks are derailed
David Cameron admits we didnt solve problem of funding for Britain's ageing population
David Cameron has expressed regret he was unable to do more to deal with the huge challenge funding social care for Britains ageing population.
Social care green paper can deliver if it sees the bigger picture
The autumn budget failed to tackle social care funding, but Damian Green€™s comments on reform are loaded with promise
1bn funding shortfall may force UK care homes to close, says watchdog
Fees paid by cash-strapped councils fail to meet costs of caring for residents, according to Competition and Markets Authority
Small changes can make a big difference to the quality of care
It takes bravery and humility for those on the receiving end of complaints to listen and act
Senior Tories in budget backlash over NHS and social care cash
Two former health secretaries and chair of select committee call for end to short-term thinking as crisis grows
Councils forced to use emergency cash to pay for social care as funding shortfall grows
More than half of local authorities due to overspend on social care this year with most set to make up shortfall through reserves
Have there been two decades of failure to reform social care
A politically-charged Budget has passed with no mention of social care, despite a growing sense in recent years that the system of support for older people and younger disabled adults is on the point of crisis.
Budget 2017: Furious Jeremy Corbyn lashes out at Tories jeering him as he calls for urgent social care funds
Labour leader rebukes members of Government for displaying uncaring and uncouth attitudes towards care for desperate elderly people after Chancellor fails to mention issue in speech
Knight Frank is pleased to introduce the sixth annual review of trading performance in the UK care home sector.
Supported by data kindly provided by leading care home operators, the Care Home Trading Performance Index (CHTPI) provides industry-leading benchmarks on occupancy rates, mix of funding type, average weekly fees (AWF), costs such as staff and agency outlays, and profitability.
Councils acting positively on social care complaints
Councils and care providers implemented more than 1,300 recommendations to put things right for people who complained to the local government ombudsman last year.