Skills for Care guide to improvement news

April 2, 2019

Skills for Care has launched a new online guide, Guide to improvement, to help social care employers to identify, plan and implement improvements across their service. The Guide to improvement offers a comprehensive toolkit to help organisations deliver high quality care and support, and meet regulatory standards. Skills for Care Read the full article…

Deprivation of liberty assessments in Staffordshire news

April 1, 2019

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has criticised Staffordshire County Council’s decision not to conduct deprivation of liberty assessments for some vulnerable people. In May 2016, Staffordshire County Council decided it would stop carrying out any deprivation of liberty assessments except those cases it classified as high priority. Read the full article…

Contingency planning for a no-deal Brexit news

March 29, 2019

The Department of Health and Social Care has issued further guidance for social care providers on contingency planning for a no-deal EU exit. Adult social care providers and local authorities are being advised that if Parliament is unable to agree a deal, Britain will leave the EU without a deal Read the full article…

CQC fees for 2019/20 news

March 28, 2019

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has confirmed what it will charge health and adult social care providers in England this year. The changes in CQC fees for 2019/20 will take effect from 1st April 2019. The confirmation follows public consultation on CQC’s proposals for the fees, which took place between Read the full article…

Call for free personal care news

March 27, 2019

Independent Age is once again calling on local councillors to back the public’s call for Government to introduce free personal care for over 65s – something that is available in Scotland, but not in England. The social care system is broken, often providing poor or limited care, says Independent Age – Read the full article…

Digital self-assessment tool for care providers news

March 26, 2019

Skills for Care is looking for employers to take part in a working group to influence development of a digital self-assessment tool. The tool will help adult social care providers measure to assess how prepared they are to move towards more digital services. The new service will support adult social Read the full article…

Renewed concerns about mental capacity reforms news

March 25, 2019

A group of social care organisations has raised concerns about mental capacity reforms, following detailed analysis of Government’s Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill impact assessment. Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England says, ‘Following a poorly drafted impact assessment that eventually accompanied the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill on its Read the full article…

NCF appoints new Policy Director news

March 22, 2019

The National Care Forum (NCF) has this week announced the appointment of Liz Jones as its new Director of Policy. Liz will be joining the NCF team on 7th May, and brings a wealth of expertise across care, housing support and local and national government. Her experience in the health Read the full article…

Health and care workforce: Closing the Gap news

March 21, 2019

Nuffield Trust, The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation have published a new joint report, Closing the Gap, discussing the need to support the health and care workforce to prevent collapse. Among the recommendations for urgent measure is radical expansion of nurse training, with cost of living grants of £5,200 Read the full article…

Report into benefits of retirement communities news

March 20, 2019

A new report has shown the benefits of retirement communities for older people, including improved physical and mental health compared to living at home. The independent study, commissioned by the ExtraCare Charitable Trust and conducted by Aston and Lancaster Universities, looked into how healthily people were ageing compared to when Read the full article…