Winterbourne View, Whorlton Hall and, most recently, Cawston Park Hospital have highlighted failures in England’s social care system. They also expose shortcomings in how deprivation of liberty safeguards, or DoLS as they are known, are applied.
Specialist care sector insurer Markel UK has published a White Paper examining the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the care sector, the response from the insurance sector and how it will shape the future. Here, Wendy Cotton, Social Welfare Line Manager at Markel UK, examines the findings.
In the first of two articles, Quality Compliance Systems (QCS), a leading provider of content, guidance and standards for the social care sector, spoke to Ed Watkinson, a former CQC inspector, to explore, examine and demystify the four key themes that make up the new CQC strategy.
In the second of two articles on the CQC’s new strategy, Ed Watkinson reviews ‘Safety through learning’ and ‘Accelerating improvement’.
How can care organisations ensure that their data is secure? Switchshop, tells us more. Over the last year, the pandemic has propelled the care sector into digital transformation in a way that could not have expected.
Nikki Walker and Philippa Shirtcliffe of Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) reflect on the Winterbourne abuse scandal and interview frontline workers, policy makers and charities to determine how much progress has been made to combat failings in the sector.
The more joined up the different elements of care, the more likely everyone is to achieve the best outcomes. Jonathan Papworth, Person Centred Software, reports on plans for more integration
In the first of a series of ‘Knowledge’ pieces, Philippa Shirtcliffe, Head of Care Quality at Quality Compliance Systems (QCS), focuses on the future of funding and asks if the current organisational model works.
If technology and innovation are implemented correctly, they can take person-centred care to new levels. Here, Christine Asbury, talks about the growing role of innovation in the sector, and why instilling a culture of creativity in a service is a crucial first step.
Jayne Ellis, Chief Executive of EF Training and expert on compassion fatigue explains why proactive, emotional health and safety training is so effective in reducing staff sickness and increasing retention.
With last month marking Volunteering Week, in this article, QCS, explores the challenges faced by volunteer organisations during the crisis and asks industry thought-leaders to predict the future of volunteering.
COVID-19 has made the job of handling care home finances even harder. Soldo have spoken with care homes to find out the challenges and explore spend management solutions.
With deaths in care homes making headlines, how can providers ensure they are supporting people to make advance care plans? Leah Cooke from QCS explains.
Under the shroud of COVID-19, the benefits of a connected social care sector are easily seen. Duncan Levey explains why keeping in touch is more important than ever.
QCS focus exclusively on the Well-led question, how to achieve Outstanding in this category and the key lines of enquiry (KLOEs) that underpin it.
Unilever Food Solutions recently held a knowledge-sharing day looking at the impact good planning around meals can have on people’s health and wellbeing.
This week saw the launch of the Road Worlds for Seniors at Cherry Garth care home in Buckinghamshire. Coinciding with the Road World Championships – an annual worldwide championships for bicycle road racing, organised by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) – the Senior Road World Championships sees care homes across Read the full article…
Let’s celebrate all that is good about people who work in care with the second Professional Care Workers’ Day on 4th September.
In the care homes sector, it can sometimes feel like not a month goes past without some new piece of legislation being published. But help is at hand.
For any care provider bidding for contracts from local authorities or other public sector organisations, social value is, or at least should be, an important consideration.
Compliance in your care home or home care agency is of vital importance. Here Bill Watson from Insequa explores the essentials of audits.
Here, Fraser and Fraser explore the importance of genealogical research to the care sector and discuss the benefits it can bring.
If you have the task of writing a bid to win a local authority contract for social care, there are things you should know before you start.
With twelve months now for the changes and additions to the Key Lines of Enquiry (KLOEs) to be implemented, Insequa Ltd review the patterns emerging and offer suggestions for remediation.
With the ageing population, funding crisis and staff shortages, the care sector is desperate for efficiency and quality aids. Digitalisation is an important avenue for social care to explore.
Neil Grant and Michael Curtis QC reflect on the Care Quality Commission’s imminent proposal to widen the definition of a registered provider to include parent companies and management companies.
Carpet may not be suitable for all locations in a care facility, but it can have a key role in creating a therapeutic environment for residents, staff and visitors.
Here are some tips from Lee Biggins, Founder and Managing Director of CV-Library on how to write a good cover letter for your next role in social care.
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