How to reduce staff sickness and increase retention

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.

How will the coronavirus pandemic change volunteering?

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.

Petty cash in care homes: A better way

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.

How to produce advance care plans in a COVID-19 lockdown

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.

Benefits of a connected social care sector

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.

How to achieve Outstanding in the Well-Led category

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.

This is home: Resident wellbeing in action

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.

Launch of Road Worlds for Seniors

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…

Festival of wellbeing of care workers

Let’s celebrate all that is good about people who work in care with the second Professional Care Workers’ Day on 4th September.

Get up to speed on regulations without slowing down

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.

Social value: What it is and how can it help your care business?

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.

The never-ending audit trail

Compliance in your care home or home care agency is of vital importance. Here Bill Watson from Insequa explores the essentials of audits.

The benefits of genealogical research in the care sector

Here, Fraser and Fraser explore the importance of genealogical research to the care sector and discuss the benefits it can bring.

Tender moments: Social care tender writing hints and tips

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.

CQC changes beginning to bite

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.

How easy is digitalisation in social care?

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.

Cats, dogs and CQC registration

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.

The benefits of carpet in care homes

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.

Looking for a new role in social care?

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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