Understanding the link between multi-sensory impairment and dementia 

Is there a link between age-related vision and hearing impairment and dementia? Jackie Pool, a Dementia Care Champion of QCS, updates on the SENSE-Cog project led by Professor Iracema Leroi.

Why the PSTN switch-off is a game changer for care homes

The way social care providers will be communicating in the future is changing. Jon Anderton, Managing Director of Cambridge Telecom, an Independent Telecoms consultancy, explains the benefits of digital communications solutions.  

NCF: Our five Tests for Creating a Fair Price for Care  

We welcome the Government’s vision for a fair price for care in the white paper, ‘Putting People at the Heart of Care’, and the further detail in the subsequent ministerial statement, ‘The Fair Cost of Care and Market Sustainability Fund: Purpose and Conditions for 2022-23’. The NCF has long campaigned Read the full article…

Cyber security: Readying yourself for potential increased threats

There is general heightened awareness of the threat of cyber-attacks in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and care providers are not immune to the potential for disruption.  Daniel Casson, Care England’s Digital Transformation Adviser, gives instruction on how providers can protect themselves and their data.

Achieving gender equality in the care sector 

In recognition of International Women’s Day, Lucy Campbell, CEO at Right at Home UK, shares how the organisation has successfully created opportunities for women to reach senior roles, details the importance of attracting more men to work in care, and explains why men must have a greater awareness of women’s Read the full article…

What to look out for in 2022

In this article, QCS identifies and previews the issues predicted to have the greatest impact on the adult social care sector in 2022. From updated regulatory requirements to ongoing challenges relating to vaccination and workforce shortages, they share advice and recommendations to enable providers to put their best foot forwards.

Caring for the carers

Kate Field of BSI, the British Standards Institution, explains how we can better protect the wellbeing of adult social care workers.  The importance of employee wellbeing in the care sector has never been more critical. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, media attention may have focused on the extreme Read the full article…

What changes will Liberty Protection Safeguards bring and how can services best prepare for them?

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.

How COVID-19 redefined the relationship between the care sector and its insurers  

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.

What social care providers should take away from the new CQC strategy

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.

What social care providers should take away from the CQC’s new strategy – Part two

In the second of two articles on the CQC’s new strategy, Ed Watkinson reviews ‘Safety through learning’ and ‘Accelerating improvement’. 

Hybrid Care – Keeping data secure whilst empowering residents with digital transformation

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.

Ten years on from ‘Winterbourne View’, what has changed?

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.

What a joined-up health and social care system means for the future of care

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

How will the social care sector be funded in the future?

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.

Q&A with Christine Asbury. Innovation and technology

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.

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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