Social Care COVID-19 Taskforce: final report news

September 21, 2020

The COVID-19 Taskforce for social care has released its final report which aims to advise on a plan to see the sector through the coming months. Making a total of 51 recommendations, the report contains clear action points not just for Government and the Department of Health and Social Care, Read the full article…

Adult Social Care Winter Plan news

September 18, 2020

The Adult Social Care Winter Plan is to be published today, with Government stating it aims to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections in care settings throughout the winter months. As part of the plan, people receiving adult social care and care workers will receive free PPE, a new dashboard Read the full article…

Infection Control Fund extended news

September 17, 2020

Government has extended the Infection Control Fund, with an extra £546m to help protect staff and people using services throughout winter. The Infection Control Fund, set up in May, has now been extended until March 2021, with the additional funds intended to help the care sector restrict the movement of Read the full article…

LGSCO annual review 2019-20 news

September 16, 2020

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has published its annual review for 2019-20 and is calling for more to be done to help the adult social care sector capitalise on the valuable learning complaints can bring. The Annual Review of Adult Social Care Complaints details the trends the Read the full article…

The cost of low uptake of Pension Credit news

September 15, 2020

New research commissioned by Independent Age has found that low uptake of Pension Credit is costing health and social care systems around £4bn per year. Pension Credit, a benefit designed to keep the least well-off pensioners out of poverty, is currently being received by just six in 10 (61%) of Read the full article…

Rise in coronavirus cases in care homes news

September 14, 2020

Government has written to adult social care providers about the rise in coronavirus cases in care homes. The letter, sent late last week, states that the first signs of a rise in COVID-19 cases in care homes is starting to be seen, however it is largely limited to staff who Read the full article…

Mental Health Grants for social care staff news

September 10, 2020

The Care Workers’ Charity is fundraising to introduce Mental Health Grants for people working in the social care sector to help combat the issues staff are facing. The grants will make counselling or therapy available to people who qualify. Research from the Charity in 2019 found that social care staff Read the full article…

New campaign to #EndIsolationInCare news

September 9, 2020

The Relatives & Residents Association (R&RA) has launched a campaign calling to #EndIsolationInCare. The charity believes the continued isolation of some older people in care is putting their human rights at risk and is calling on Government to take urgent action and amend their guidance for the sector. Months after Read the full article…

Providers concerned over number of COVID-19 cases news

September 8, 2020

Care providers are sharing their concerns over the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the UK, the Independent Care Group has said. A lag between COVID-19 infection rates and reported deaths from the virus is worrying care providers as they prepare for winter and a possible second spike in cases. Read the full article…

Kathy Roberts is new Chair at CPA news

September 7, 2020

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) has welcomed Kathy Roberts as the new incoming Chair for the 2020/2021 term. The role of the Chair rotates annually between membership organisations of the CPA; Kathy is Chief Executive of the Association of Mental Health Providers. With over 25 years of cross-sector senior leadership Read the full article…

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