Finalists announced for 2017 3rd Sector Care Awards news

October 20, 2017

The finalists have been announced for the 2017 3rd Sector Care Awards. Once again, the quality of nominees has been outstanding, and the judges are likely to have a hard time choosing winners. Dame Esther Rantzen will reveal the winner of each category at the 2017 3rd Sector Care Awards ceremony, Read the full article…

Age UK report on delayed transfers of care news

October 19, 2017

An Age UK report on delayed transfers of care finds that four million hospital bed days have been lost since 2011 due to problems securing social care. Added to this, delays getting homecare have rocketed by 209% in six years. In 2016/17 alone, nearly one million hospital bed days were Read the full article…

STPs and care homes news

October 18, 2017

Care England and the Good Governance Institute has published a discussion paper exploring STPs and care homes. It has been developed through a literature review and desktop review of all 44 STPs, includes a series of case studies on best practices from the six NHS England vanguard sites. The review Read the full article…

Recruiting under-represented groups in social care news

October 17, 2017

Skills for Care has launched four innovative projects to encourage the sector to ‘look past the label’ and recruit under-represented groups in social care. Employers are facing increasing competition for high-quality staff and the projects challenge them to think differently and more creatively about their recruitment practices. The four projects Read the full article…

Free flu vaccinations for care home staff news

October 16, 2017

Free flu vaccinations for care home staff have been announced. NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement have unveiled measures to boost the uptake of flu vaccinations along with a package of new contingency actions to respond to pressures on frontline services this winter. Intensified preparations Read the full article…

NAO report on performance of CQC news

October 13, 2017

The National Audit Office (NAO) has published a report on the performance of CQC and says that while the Commission has improved as an organisation, it needs to overcome some persistent issues with the timeliness of some of its regulation activities if it is to sustain further improvement. Today’s report Read the full article…

Learning disability service design and delivery news

October 11, 2017

A draft guideline for consultation is looking at learning disability service design and delivery when people have behaviours that challenge. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) says that people with learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges should be better cared for in the community. The new draft guidance Read the full article…

State of Care 2017 highlights precarious future news

October 10, 2017

The Care Quality Commission’s State of Care 2017 report shows that thanks to the efforts of staff and leaders, the quality of health and social care has been maintained despite very real challenges and the majority of people are getting good, safe care. However, it says that future quality is precarious as Read the full article…

Social care under-funding must be reversed news

October 9, 2017

Successive governments’ failure to properly fund social care is leaving millions of people at risk of losing vital support, according to new analysis of social care under-funding. Ahead of the Autumn Budget, VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) has published True Costs: Why we cannot ignore the failure in social care Read the full article…