Councils could lose social care funding news

August 22, 2017

Under-pressure councils could lose social care funding unless they hit ‘undeliverable’ delayed transfers of care targets, according to the County Councils Network. England’s largest councils face a double whammy of having badly-needed social care money withdrawn from them if they can’t hit ‘undeliverable’ government targets, whilst receiving billions less than Read the full article…

Plans to improve continuing healthcare assessments news

August 21, 2017

NHS England has written to clinical commissioning groups with its plans to improve continuing healthcare assessments. With a need to reduce delayed transfers of care in the NHS to release bed capacity, the letter says that by resolving the factors causing delays due to continuing healthcare assessment could help free up Read the full article…

Difficulties complaining about poor hospital care news

August 18, 2017

Older vulnerable people are often reliant on relatives to raise concerns when things go wrong in hospital, yet over half (51%) of family members with a concern say they find it difficult complaining about poor hospital care or the treatment of an older relative, according to a new survey. The Read the full article…

The loneliness of caring news

August 17, 2017

New research from Carers UK with the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness shines a light on the loneliness of caring. Headline figures are that 8 in 10 people caring for loved ones ‘have felt lonely or socially isolated’. The research shows more action is needed to support unpaid carers who feel Read the full article…

Future demand for care news

August 16, 2017

New research published in The Lancet has predicted the future demand for care and concluded that an extra 71,215 care home places will be needed by 2025. The research into later-life dependency looked at how dependency states have changed between generational cohorts of older people in order to predict the future demand Read the full article…

Improve oral healthcare for older people news

August 15, 2017

Leading dentists warn that an estimated 1.8 million or more over-65s have an urgent dental problem. They say there is an urgent need to improve oral healthcare for older people. The Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons estimates that across England, Wales and Northern Ireland at Read the full article…

Named social worker programme: lessons learned news

August 14, 2017

The Department of Health and the Social Care Institute for Excellence have published the latest learning lessons from the named social worker programme. The report sets out the findings from the six sites which have been part of the Named Social Work programme during the six months from October 2016 Read the full article…

Developing top leaders in social care news

August 11, 2017

Skills for Care has opened registrations for its Top Leaders in social care programme. Senior leaders working in both provider and commissioner roles across social care and health can improve their leadership skills through Skills for Care’s popular Top Leaders programme. Top Leaders is open for registrations and starts in Read the full article…

Life in a care home, what’s it really like? news

August 10, 2017

Healthwatch has published What it’s like to live in a care home? a new report focusing on peoples’ experience of life in a care home. It found out what day-to-day life is really like for many people living in care homes and follows almost 200 site visits. Between January 2016 and April 2017, Read the full article…

Celebrating Age funding – round two news

August 9, 2017

A call has been made for applications for a second round of Celebrating Age funding. Celebrating Age is a joint Arts Council England and Baring Foundation fund, which supports partnerships between arts and older people’s organisations. The programme will support cultural spaces and other organisations working collaboratively, in a partnership Read the full article…