Blogs Archive

From combat to caring: Why Home From Home Care is an armed forces friendly employer

May 13, 2022 | Paul de Savary | Recruitment and staffing

Ex-Armed Forces personnel might not be the first people care providers think of when looking for new employees, but Paul de Savary of Home From Home Care tells us why this is a pool of talent the sector should not be ignoring. A few months ago, Home From Home Care Read the full article…

Mandatory vaccinations will have long-term effects on the care home sector 

March 31, 2022 | Neil Russell | COVID-19

The Government’s decision to revoke the need for compulsory vaccinations for care staff was the right one, but the damage has already been done – and it will have long-term effects on the sector, says Neil Russell, Chairman of PJ Care. 

Achieving gender equality in the care sector 

March 23, 2022 | Policy

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…

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

March 23, 2022 | Liz Jones Policy Director of the National Care Forum | Funding

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 for Read the full article…

Cyber security: Readying yourself for potential increased threats

March 23, 2022 | Daniel Casson, Care England’s Digital Transformation Adviser | Data & digital

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.

Extending mandatory vaccination: what we’ve learnt and what’s to come

December 6, 2021 | COVID-19

The Government is pressing ahead with plans to extend its mandatory vaccination programme to the wider health and social care sector with effect from 1st April. Having spent the last few months working with care home providers to implement mandatory vaccination, James Sage, Partner in the Employment Team at Royds Withy King, says there are valuable Read the full article…

The importance of technology in care home vaccine roll-out

January 21, 2021 | Steve Sawyer | COVID-19

The sight of COVID-19 vaccinations being administered to care home residents over recent weeks will be a great relief to care workers, family members and health officials alike. With residents and staff among the highest priority groups targeted for the vaccine, the task of managing the process will be front Read the full article…

Accepting new admissions during a pandemic

December 23, 2020 | Alison Wood | COVID-19

Whilst a number of our clients have been concerned about numbers of residents in care homes falling, there are times when new admissions are not wanted or when a provider must refuse a new admission into their home. This may occur for example, when staffing levels are insufficient to safely Read the full article…

Delivering activities in care homes

December 17, 2020 | Steve Gardner | COVID-19

COVID-19 has seen many activities in care homes grind to a halt, as outings have had to be cancelled and performances can’t take place. Here, Steve Gardner, Wellbeing Director at Oomph! Wellness, looks at why activities should remain a priority and what the organization is doing to support care providers. Read the full article…

Working round the issue: The ban of staff movement in care homes

November 27, 2020 | Dr Charles Armitage | COVID-19

A ban on staff movement between care homes is coming – but there’s help for care providers to ensure their service is safely staffed.

Social Care Reform: 0% VAT for Social Care 

September 17, 2020 | Care Planner | COVID-19

0% VAT for Social Care is a campaign that is based around a simple, actionable premise. It is well documented how badly social care requires reform. However, precisely what shape social care reform should take is a far more difficult subject to agree upon. The campaign has been set up by a consortium of homecare providers who hope to help Read the full article…

Care staff should be saluted, not blamed, Prime Minister

July 10, 2020 | COVID-19

Dr Zahid Chauhan OBE is a national health campaigner, GP, and founder of Homeless-Friendly, a health charity for rough sleepers. Here, he explores how wrong the Prime Minister is to lay blame at the feet of care staff.   In the North of England, we have a saying: ‘Take as Read the full article…

Tackling PTSD: why outstanding leadership, teamwork and communication are key

June 29, 2020 | Quality Compliance Systems | COVID-19

Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) explores why the Covid crisis could lead to an increase in PTSD. An introduction by Mat Whittingham, CEO and founder of Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) “In years to come, when we look back at the coronavirus pandemic, what will be our abiding memories? For many, it Read the full article…

What’s involved in the support package for care homes?

May 22, 2020 | Helen Whately MP | COVID-19

The Government recently announced a new support package for care homes. Here, Minister for Care, Helen Whately gives details of the package and how it is expected to help.   Bravery, compassion, dedication – in recent weeks we’ve seen many thousands of health and care professionals demonstrate these defining human Read the full article…

Outstanding leadership and mental health through COVID-19

May 20, 2020 | COVID-19

We know mental health will be a big issue for care staff coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) spoke to the British Psychological Society, National Care Forum, Age UK, TRICRES and the Social Care Institute for Excellence to find out how managers can limit the impact Read the full article…

Inquests resulting from COVID-19 deaths in care homes

May 7, 2020 | COVID-19

Key issues for care providers and managers during the pandemic The Chief Coroner has published his most recent guidance to coroners covering issues surrounding the current COVID-19 pandemic.   He has previously published three updating guidance notes to coroners covering emergency laws and how coroners will deal with deaths and Read the full article…

COVID-19 Resources and Links

May 1, 2020 | COVID-19

CMM COVID-19 special edition Links to the latest COVID-19 guidance and resources available for the adult social care sector. New information is being released almost daily for adult social care providers on the coronavirus pandemic. From the correct use of PPE to organisations offering their services for free, we’ve pulled Read the full article…

Video calling: Connecting loved ones throughout COVID-19

April 29, 2020 | COVID-19

Jonathan Papworth, Co-founder and Director of Person Centred Software, explains how dedicated video calling for social care can overcome communication challenges during the coronavirus pandemic.   As well as piling strain onto stretched care providers, COVID-19 is exacerbating risks to vulnerable elderly people who are already at high risk of Read the full article…

Making end of life care decisions in care services

April 24, 2020 | COVID-19

For providers, there is an urgent need to ensure everything is in place for making end of life care decisions in care services. Claire Henry MBE writes about the best ways to make sure you’re prepared.   In these unprecedent times, making decisions feels more acute and pressured than ever. Read the full article…

C19 CONTROL: A new service for social care

April 21, 2020 | COVID-19

Digital solutions are an essential part of streamlining business practices, and can be an enormous help with data gathering. We spoke to Duncan Campbell about what the new C19 CONTROL service is, how it works and what it can do to support providers through coronavirus.   What is C19 CONTROL? Read the full article…

Using technology to reduce the spread of COVID-19

April 15, 2020 | COVID-19

With the care sector playing a vital role in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and supporting the most vulnerable in society, many providers are exploring innovative methods to ensure they can continue to deliver an outstanding level of care while operating with the highest levels of safety. Here, Steve Sawyer, Read the full article…

Supporting people with dementia in care homes

April 9, 2020 | COVID-19

Rishi Jawaheer, Director of the Jawa Group takes a look at some of the issues arising from COVID-19 that affect people with dementia, and what care home professionals can do to help. Here, he shares how he and his team of care workers have dealt with some of the more Read the full article…

Mental capacity arrangements during lockdown

April 8, 2020 | COVID-19

Are there any changes to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 following the enactment of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (the ‘Act’)? The Coronavirus Act does not directly amend the Mental Capacity Act (MCA). However, the provisions of the Act are likely to have implications for those who lack capacity and it’s Read the full article…

A smaller charity’s perspective on coronavirus

April 3, 2020 | Carren Bell | COVID-19

Carren Bell, Founder of Lagan’s Foundation, writes on the lack of protective equipment for social care and the failings the sector’s been subjected to. When history looks back at the COVID-19 outbreak of 2020, it is sure to bemoan how poorly prepared we were in so many ways for this Read the full article…

The Coronavirus Act 2020 and what it means for the social care sector

April 3, 2020 | COVID-19

For the social care and healthcare sectors The Coronavirus Act provides significant changes. The Act received Royal Assent on 25th March 2020 and is now law. Here is a brief guide to some of the key recent statutory changes.   Temporary Registration of Social Workers In the exceptional circumstances arising from COVID-19, the UK Read the full article…

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