New national COVID-19 treatments study launches news

December 9, 2021

A national study ‘PANORAMIC’, run by the University of Oxford in close collaboration with GP hubs, has now launched and is recruiting around 10,000 UK patients at risk of serious illness from COVID-19. PANORAMIC will bring together GP practices, NHS 111, Test and Trace, Care Homes, pharmacies and other NHS Read the full article…

Reforms to protect disabled people from hate crime news

December 8, 2021

The Law Commission announced recommendations to reform hate crime legislation on 7th December. Reforms would ensure disabled and LGBT+ victims of hate crime receive the same protection as those targeted because of their race and religion. If enacted, the reforms would ensure all five characteristics are protected equally by the Read the full article…

New mental health law to prevent inappropriate force news

December 7, 2021

According to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), patients in mental health settings will be better protected from inappropriate use of force following the commencement of landmark regulations and publication of guidance of the Mental Health Units (Use of Force) Act 2018 today. The Act, which received royal Read the full article…

Dimensions announces Leaders’ List winners news

December 3, 2021

Dimensions, the UK’s largest not-for-profit provider of support to people with learning disabilities autism and complex needs, announces the winners of its 2021 Leaders’ List today. The Leaders List celebrates the extraordinary achievements of people with learning disabilities and/or autism. This year’s winners will be celebrated at a virtual launch Read the full article…

DHSC publishes ten-year vision for adult social care news

December 1, 2021

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) published its White Paper today, which sets out its ten-year vision for adult social care in England. As part of the White Paper, the Government is today setting out further details on how over £1bn for system reform will be spent over Read the full article…

New earnings limit for Carers’ Allowance news

November 30, 2021

The Government has announced the amount benefit rates, including Carers’ Allowance, will increase to from 11th April 2022. The new earnings limit for Carer’s Allowance has been increased by CPI. Carers UK estimates that this would be from £128 to £132 per week. With the National Living Wage rate currently Read the full article…

New home care and workforce survey news

November 29, 2021

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has published its latest Home Care and Workforce Rapid Survey. The survey was undertaken between 2 November and 18 November and was completed by 85 of the 152 directors of adult social services in England. ADASS reports that the survey reveals Read the full article…

Care home visiting guidance updated news

November 26, 2021

There are no nationally set restrictions on friends and family visiting their loved ones in care homes, the Government has announced. This newly updated guidance applied from 25th November 2021 and replaces previous guidance on care home visiting. The guidance applies to residential care homes. There is separate guidance for Read the full article…

NCF launches 2020-21 Impact Report news

November 26, 2021

The National Care Forum (NCF) has published a new Impact Report today, which highlights how the NCF supported providers during the pandemic. From the start of the pandemic, the NCF played a pivotal role in supporting care providers, both those within its membership and in the wider sector and the Read the full article…

New funding support for suicide prevention services news

November 26, 2021

People experiencing suicidal thoughts or approaching a crisis will be supported by a £5m boost to suicide prevention charities, following increased demand during the pandemic. The suicide prevention Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector saw an increase in the number of individuals seeking support –  with some services seeing Read the full article…

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