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16th January 2017

CQC to fast-track inspections of adult social care to ease winter burden

13th January 2017

Nursing and Care Homes: Values now, and the likely trends as demand is set to increase


10th January 2017

At its most recent board meeting, CQC discussed its wish to persuade the Department of Health to amend existing legislation to enable it to “demonstrate when it has forced positive action” from providers. Currently the CQC is not permitted to publish information on any enforcement action being taken against a provider until that action has been completed.  Andrea Sutcliffe, CQC’s Chief Inspector of adult social care, has now argued that this position is unhelpful to the regulator and that it should be able to demonstrate to the public when it has “forced positive action”. 

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10th January 2017

In a decision published on 5 January 2017, the Local Government Ombudsman (“LGO”) began the year by reminding local authorities of their responsibilities when contracting for placements in privately operated care homes.The LGO decision, in particular, criticised Wokingham Borough Council following a complaint from Mrs A regarding the care which her mother had received via a local authority placement in a private care home. Read the full article

5th January 2017

.” Under a new system of CQC inspections, as of 31 July 2016, 73 per cent of care homes and 58 per cent of nursing homes are rated ‘Good’ but only one per cent (of residential and nursing homes) are ‘Outstanding’. If a care home wants to challenge the results of an inspection, Ms Huang has this advice for what care homes should do” Read the full article here

4th January 2017

Until April 2017, Training 2 CARE will keep our amazing prices and stay the most cost effective face to face training provider for the best quality anywhere in the UK.  With Training 2 CARE remaining a recognised provider by Skills For Care, we can again guarantee that our delivery and quality remains at the highest standards and with prices for a full days training (2 1/2 day or a full day course) remaining at only £360+VAT for up to 15 delegates per course.  

The Virtual Dementia Tour will also remain at the same price as 2016 due to so many organisations demonstrating a commitment to understand what it might be like to have dementia.  Only by understanding from the persons point of view can we really change practice, improve lives and save money.

Our Nursing courses are available again at the best prices available and we have added a new Nurse trainer to help more providers to access these important courses. 

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6th December 2016

Care England, in partnership with ITN Productions, launches 'Caring Communities', an in-depth programme providing a unique platform to stimulate the debate around the care sector.
Introduced by renowned TV journalist, Angela Rippon, this news and current affairs-style programme explores the complex role of care and how the industry can best serve communities. The program champions collaboration, celebrates innovation and encourages the exchange of ideas. Watch the full programme here.

Drawing upon ITN’s 60-years of expertise in storytelling, ‘Caring Communities’ aims to create a greater understanding of the care sector and explore the need for increased funding and integrated services.

The program is designed to heighten awareness among policy makers, politicians and the sector about the importance of social care and how to improve outcomes for the future.
‘Caring Communities’, combines key interviews, with the likes of The Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff and Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive of Care Management Group, as well as news-style reports with sponsored editorial profiles from AKW and Brakes.


25th November 2016

Autumn Statement


1st November 2016

26th August 2016

Below are links to this month's CQC newsletters:

5th August 2016

If you’re considering a move to a care home, you may be wondering how you’ll pay for it. Paying for care can be complicated, so get as much advice as you can. 

21st July 2016

Benfield Fire are one of our Patrons. See how their Digital Firefighting Training could benefit your care home.

19th July 2016

As a sector we have been quite successful with raising the issue of duplication between CQC and Commissioners, particularly over inspections.  As a result the Department of Health is undertaking consultation work with providers including a survey of providers.



18th July 2016

Please find below the HCC heatwave notification with information about the Level 2 Alert.

30th June 2016
FREE - HSAB / HCA Safeguarding Workshop
Safeguarding Adults Lead Network An event for independent care providers

15th June 2016

Nominations and ticket sales are now open for the 2016 Hampshire Care Awards!

10th June 2016

FREE Peninsular event - 19/07/16

Your obligations as an employer - help and advice.

1st June 2016

Next week the Alzheimers Show will be on at Olympia, London on 10th & 11th June.

27th May 2016

This week the CQC released details of their new strategy.

27th May 2016

This week our new Fair Price 4 Care petition to parliament went live! 


9th May 2016

The latest issue of Care Talk Magazine is online now.

6th May 2016

The Bournemouth Echo write about what it means for care homes.

6th May 2016

The Guardian write about the cash crisis facing the care sector.

4th May 2016

CQC Update

28th April 2016

Highlights from Lester Aldridge's Employment Law & HR Blog

28th April 2016

HCA have launched a new campaign called, Fair Price 4 Care.

12th April 2016

We are holding a Workshop & Information Day at KCC in Hedge End on Wednesday 27th April.


1st April 2016

HCA talk to ITV about the national living wage.

7th March 2016

HCC announce 2.2% Fee Uplift for 2016 /17


24th November 2015

Last Friday night the annual Hampshire Care Awards took place at Southampton Golf Club. 


Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists of the 2016 Hampshire Care Awards!
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