Latest Care News
12th October 2017

NHS leaders unveil action to boost flu vaccination and manage winter pressures


10th October 2017

CQC's annual assessment of health and social care in England now available


3rd October 2017

Most councils will not have enough care home places


30th September 2017

Dementia is a terrible word. Why do people still use it? 


29th September 2017

Carrying the shopping can improve strength in over-65s, say experts


2nd September 2017

Will UK consumer law destroy the care home market?


31st August 2017

Care home creates lasting legacy by 'moving in' nursery children to end 'age apartheid'


24th August 2017

Care home inspections are not fit for purpose. Providers need support, not more scrutiny


14th August 2017

Infection outbreaks in care homes: prevention and management

Outbreaks of infectious diseases in care homes can have grave consequences, so staff must be well trained in outbreak prevention, preparedness, detection and management


7th August 2017

Alzheimer's Society Forum 


27th July 2017

Employers can't foot £400m care worker back pay bill. Government must act - fast


19th July 2017

Pay row threatens overnight care for vulnerable


13th July 2017

Too many care homes fail to get the basics right


11th July 2017

'It made me feel like I mattered': learning disability arts – in pictures


28th June 2017

Painless flu jab patch for people scared of injections


26th June 2017

Spotting the earliest signs of Alzheimer's


20th June 2017

Funding alone won't fix the social care system


14th June 2017

Worries over care home fees and funding


6th June 2017

'Compatible flexibility': the answer to social care's recruitment crisis?


8th May 2017

The apps taking on social care's 'broken' business model


26th April 2017

Councils and health boards dispute £250m care costs


16th March 2017

The NHS-funded nursing care standard rate is being reduced to £155.05 from 1 April 2017.!

Read the full story and access the report 


10th March 2017

Care home managers play a pivotal role in raising quality standards, and more are needed


10th March 2017

The prime minister’s confirmation of a review must be considered progress, but the sector is still in for a rough ride...... read more


6th March 2017

A four day Safeguarding Supported Learning Programme (PACT0920-17AA) course for £200, on the 26th April, 23rd May, 21st June, 19th July 2017 at Mercure Wessex Hotel in Winchester.


27th February 2017

"Public bickering" between the prime minister and the NHS is an "insult to taxpayers" who want clear information on health funding, MPs have said.


20th February 2017

Council leaders are warning of deep cuts to services despite nearly every local authority in England planning to raise council tax in 2017. 


17th February 2017

Coffee Mornings at the West End Centre, Aldershot 

For people with learning disabilities and their carers


15th February 2017

Dear Debbie Corti-Young,

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Theresa May: Seek an urgent cross-party solution to the health and care crisis”.

Government responded:

The Government recognises the pressures on the health and social care system. It is supporting the NHS’s own plan for the future and going further than ever before to integrate health and social care.

The Government knows that the NHS is facing many challenges and there are increasing pressures on all parts of the health and care system. It is important to remember that the pressures faced by the NHS are common to most developed health systems and are due to, amongst other things, an ageing population, changing public expectations and the cost of new drugs. However we have more doctors, more nurses, more paramedics all delivering more treatments than ever, funded by a budget at record levels.

The NHS and wider health system has already examined what needs to be done to ensure the sustainability of the health and care system. This is why in the Spending Review in November 2015, the Government committed to increase funding for the NHS in England, with funding to be £10 billion higher in real terms by 2020-21, compared to 2014-15. This is the money that the NHS in England asked for and will support the NHS’s own plan for its future – the Five Year Forward View – which set out what needs to change and how this can be achieved of this new funding. £6 billion will be provided by the end of this year, kick starting the process of change, and enabling the Government to deliver Government objectives including seven day services and improved access to cancer treatments and mental health services. The Five Year Forward View is available on NHS England’s website – https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/5yfv-web.pdf.

We are making progress towards strategic system changes and new models of care. There is emerging evidence that the vanguards have had a significant impact, reducing pressure on busy services at local level since their launch. In the Fylde Coast Local Health Economy vanguard for example, early figures show that bringing different health professionals under one roof to support older patients with multiple conditions reduced A&E attendance by 13%. We will continue to support this work to design a world class health system, fit for the future.

Alongside this, we are giving local authorities access of up to £3.5 billion of new support for social care by 2019-20, through the social care precept and the Better Care Fund. And aware of the more imminent pressures on social care, the Government took the necessary steps in the recent Local Government Settlement to help in the shorter-term, making available almost £900 million of additional social care funding over the next two years.

The Government believes that the answer to the challenges faced by the health and social care system lies in delivering more integrated services and keeping people well and independent for longer, and in working with the NHS in implementing its own plan for the future of the NHS – the Five Year Forward View.

Department of Health

Click this link to view the response online:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/177055?reveal_response=yes

The Petitions Committee will take a look at this petition and its response. They can press the government for action and gather evidence. If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the Committee will consider it for a debate.

The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee: https://petition.parliament.uk/help#petitions-committee

Thanks,
The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament


10th February 2017

Partner Update 


10th February 2017

Safeguarding Basic Awareness Course 

 


3rd February 2017

CQC Feedback - A Summary 

Sharing Best Practice

 


25th November 2016

Autumn Statement

 

24th November 2015

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

 


12th October 2017

NHS leaders unveil action to boost flu vaccination and manage winter pressures

NHS England, Public Health England, the Department of Health and NHS Improvement have today unveiled measures to boost the uptake of flu vaccinations along with package of new contingency actions to respond to pressures on frontline services this winter. Intensified preparations include:
 
•Providing free flu vaccines for hundreds of thousands of care home staff at a cost of up to £10m as well as increasing the number of jabs for young children in schools and vulnerable people
•Directing NHS trusts to ensure they make vaccines readily available to staff and record why those who choose to opt out of the programme do so
•Writing to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers reminding them of their professional duty to protect patients by being vaccinated
•Setting up a new National Emergency Pressure Panel to provide independent clinical advice on system risk and an appropriate regional and national response
•The biggest expansion in training for A&E consultants ever with hundreds more doctors over the next four years and other healthcare staff
 
10th October 2017

CQC's annual assessment of health and social care in England now available

The report looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care.

3rd October 2017

Most councils will not have enough care home places

Care of the elderly, or social care, has rarely been so high up the political agenda. Indeed, it blighted the Conservatives’ manifesto launch at the last election.  Now a new report seen exclusively by Channel 4 News reveals that in five years’ time, nine out of ten local authorities in England will not have enough care home places to match the demand of the growing elderly population.

30th September 2017

Dementia is a terrible word. Why do people still use it? 

Dementia is a word with a horrific impact.
 
I’m talking about the word and its origins, not the disease. I have observed people living well with dementia and this antiquated and negative term belittles the contribution to society that they can make. I am in my third year of a PhD and my research is based in care homes where I get to observe good care that challenges, includes and promotes a sense of purpose for residents with dementia. Before this I worked as a community nurse. 
 
29th September 2017

Carrying the shopping can improve strength in over-65s, say experts

Carrying the shopping, gardening, or vacuuming, can help older people to lead healthier lives for longer, according to leading physiotherapists. 
They warn that millions of older people risk falls because they are failing to maintain their strength.
Nearly a quarter of over-65s don't do any strength exercises, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) says.
And it warns that the rise of internet shopping means fewer people carry home their groceries. 
Physiotherapists say not enough people realise the need to maintain strength as we age. 
 
2nd September 2017

Will UK consumer law destroy the care home market?

Adult social care is on the financial ropes. Last year it was the introduction of the “national living wage”, this year it’s the requirement to backdate pay for sleep-in shifts. In both cases, the government is being urged to step in to prop up care providers.

31st August 2017

Care home creates lasting legacy by 'moving in' nursery children to end 'age apartheid'

The recent Channel 4 experiment ‘Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds’, which saw a group of four-year-olds ‘move in’ to a retirement village for six weeks, has proved that children really can give older people a ‘new lease of life’ and prompted researchers to ask 'why should we let our older people slide into deterioration and into a place where they feel hopeless?'

24th August 2017

Care home inspections are not fit for purpose. Providers need support, not more scrutiny

Inconsistent assessments and an inflexible appeal process make a mockery of care quality regulations. Now even the CQC recognises the need for change

A recent report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) states the need for improvement in the UK care system. While 77% of care providers were rated as good, almost a fifth required improvement and 343 organisations were described as inadequate.

14th August 2017

Infection outbreaks in care homes: prevention and management

Outbreaks of infectious diseases in care homes can have grave consequences, so staff must be well trained in outbreak prevention, preparedness, detection and management

Care home residents share air, space, food and equipment, so they also share organisms that can easily cause infection outbreaks, such as viruses and bacteria. They are also more prone and vulnerable to infections, which can lead to death. Care home staff therefore need to be adequately trained to prevent, detect and manage an outbreak of infectious disease, and care homes must have an outbreak plan ready, to minimise the number of people affected and the harm done. This article summarises the principles of outbreak prevention, preparedness, detection and management, highlighting key practical guidance.

7th August 2017

Alzheimer's Society Forum 

Alzheimer's Society's online community for anyone affected by dementia. Ask for advice, share information, join in discussions and feel supported.

27th July 2017

Employers can't foot £400m care worker back pay bill. Government must act - fast

Time is running out to tackle the crisis over pay for sleep-in shifts, which will cause problems for providers, their staff and the people who rely on care

After months of unsuccessful efforts to get the government to take the issue of sleep-in shifts seriously, last week Mencap began a public campaign to try to avert a looming crisis in the learning disability sector, and prevent Southern Cross type failures on a multiple scale across the country.

19th July 2017

Pay row threatens overnight care for vulnerable

Vulnerable people with learning difficulties could lose overnight supervision, disability charity Mencap warns.
 
The HMRC has ruled carers sleeping overnight to provide safety and reassurance should be be paid the national minimum wage for all hours.
 
Mencap says the total bill for back pay - due by September, and in some cases dating back six years - could be £400m.
13th July 2017

Too many care homes fail to get the basics right

Headlines saying that one in three care homes has failed official inspections made tough reading for the social care sector, not to mention those with loved ones receiving care.

 

And while the main message from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) about the majority of care being good got lost in the furore, it is understandable that people focus on the bad bits. After all, poor care should not be tolerated.

11th July 2017

'It made me feel like I mattered': learning disability arts – in pictures

To celebrate its 30th birthday, creative arts charity Heart n Soul, which harnesses the talents of people with learning disabilities, has produced a series of portraits of some of the individuals it supports
 
This project is part of a wider festival of events. Find out more about what’s on, including live music performances, here
28th June 2017

Painless flu jab patch for people scared of injections

A 'painless' sticking plaster flu jab that delivers vaccine into the skin has passed important safety tests in the first trial in people.
 
The patch has a hundred tiny hair-like microneedles on its adhesive side that penetrate the skin's surface.
 
It is simple enough for people to stick on themselves.
26th June 2017

Spotting the earliest signs of Alzheimer's

Work is about to begin on a new study to find the earliest signs of Alzheimer's disease, many years before symptoms like memory loss and confusion become obvious.
 
Scientists believe this is the best time to be using drugs to stop Alzheimer's from developing further.
20th June 2017

Funding alone won't fix the social care system

Alzheimer’s Society is investing in three new research centres of excellence that aim to find ways to improve quality of life and care

The election campaign led the public to the misconception that the “dementia tax” is a new issue. The reality is that decades of squeezed government funding have left people with dementia and their families enduring inadequate care, crippling costs and impossible choices.

14th June 2017

Worries over care home fees and funding

Care homes may be charging families for extended periods after a resident has died as well as large upfront fees, a competition inquiry   has revealed.
 
The concerns emerged from the initial findings of a review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) which began in December
6th June 2017

'Compatible flexibility': the answer to social care's recruitment crisis?

Care work is billed as local and family-friendly, but the reality is unpredictable rotas and unsociable hours. This must change to stop the system collapsing

 

For those of us who have long been concerned about the state of social care, it’s a relief to see the sector so high on the political agenda. But while much of debate has centred on how future care will be funded, there is another critical issue: how to attract and retain enough care workers to keep the system working in an age of austerity.

 

8th May 2017

The apps taking on social care's 'broken' business model

Leila Karim* started doing care work two years ago, earning £8 an hour. It was, she says, a “chaotic” experience. There was a different manager every two to three weeks, the systems were all paper-based and “it was difficult getting to clients on time because we weren’t told when our next shift was”, says the 19-year-old student. “Sometimes you’d get a call at 6am to cover a call in the next hour or two.”

26th April 2017

Councils and health boards dispute £250m care costs

A £250m dispute over who pays for nurses delivering social care in residential homes in Wales has been heard by the Supreme Court.
 
The NHS pays for 24-hour healthcare, while general care needs are funded privately or by the council.
16th March 2017

The NHS-funded nursing care standard rate is being reduced to £155.05 from 1 April 2017.!

Read the full story and access the report 

10th March 2017

Care home managers play a pivotal role in raising quality standards, and more are needed

Janet Gilder has spent 42 years working in social care, more than half of that time as a manager. Today she runs a care home in Highgate, north London, where she is responsible for 41 older people with an average age of 93. Gilder has seen the manager role change over the past two decades as the sector has expanded and the culture of regulation and inspection has developed. “I think it’s a very different world today,” she says. “I came in as a qualified nurse but I think now it’s more about being an administrator – people aren’t necessarily coming in from a caring background.”

 

To read more click here

10th March 2017

The prime minister’s confirmation of a review must be considered progress, but the sector is still in for a rough ride...... read more

6th March 2017

A four day Safeguarding Supported Learning Programme (PACT0920-17AA) course for £200, on the 26th April, 23rd May, 21st June, 19th July 2017 at Mercure Wessex Hotel in Winchester.

If you wish to secure places on this, or any other course, then please visit the Learning Zone and log-in to online booking.

27th February 2017

"Public bickering" between the prime minister and the NHS is an "insult to taxpayers" who want clear information on health funding, MPs have said.

The House of Commons' Public Accounts Committee (PAC) criticised a dispute between Theresa May and NHS England boss Simon Stevens over finances.

 

Its report also censured the government for "plundering" NHS funds.

 

The Department of Health said the hospital sector had £1.3bn more compared with this time last year.

 

A spokeswoman said: "We are united behind the ambition to make the NHS the safest, highest-quality healthcare system in the world."
 

To read more click here

20th February 2017

Council leaders are warning of deep cuts to services despite nearly every local authority in England planning to raise council tax in 2017. 

Increases of up to 4.99% are expected across the country, but libraries, bin collections and other services will still face funding gaps.

 

The Local Government Association says the cost of care for increasing numbers of elderly people is forcing up bills.

 

The government insists it is giving more money to councils.

To read more click here

17th February 2017

Coffee Mornings at the West End Centre, Aldershot 

For people with learning disabilities and their carers

Starts Friday 17th February 2017 

10.30 to 12.30pm  costing 70p 

For more information phone Debbie 07702973039 or the West End Centre 01252330040

 

If you will need support with personal care or behaviour please bring someone to help you, as we are unable to do so. 

15th February 2017

Dear Debbie Corti-Young,

The Government has responded to the petition you signed – “Theresa May: Seek an urgent cross-party solution to the health and care crisis”.

Government responded:

The Government recognises the pressures on the health and social care system. It is supporting the NHS’s own plan for the future and going further than ever before to integrate health and social care.

The Government knows that the NHS is facing many challenges and there are increasing pressures on all parts of the health and care system. It is important to remember that the pressures faced by the NHS are common to most developed health systems and are due to, amongst other things, an ageing population, changing public expectations and the cost of new drugs. However we have more doctors, more nurses, more paramedics all delivering more treatments than ever, funded by a budget at record levels.

The NHS and wider health system has already examined what needs to be done to ensure the sustainability of the health and care system. This is why in the Spending Review in November 2015, the Government committed to increase funding for the NHS in England, with funding to be £10 billion higher in real terms by 2020-21, compared to 2014-15. This is the money that the NHS in England asked for and will support the NHS’s own plan for its future – the Five Year Forward View – which set out what needs to change and how this can be achieved of this new funding. £6 billion will be provided by the end of this year, kick starting the process of change, and enabling the Government to deliver Government objectives including seven day services and improved access to cancer treatments and mental health services. The Five Year Forward View is available on NHS England’s website – https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/5yfv-web.pdf.

We are making progress towards strategic system changes and new models of care. There is emerging evidence that the vanguards have had a significant impact, reducing pressure on busy services at local level since their launch. In the Fylde Coast Local Health Economy vanguard for example, early figures show that bringing different health professionals under one roof to support older patients with multiple conditions reduced A&E attendance by 13%. We will continue to support this work to design a world class health system, fit for the future.

Alongside this, we are giving local authorities access of up to £3.5 billion of new support for social care by 2019-20, through the social care precept and the Better Care Fund. And aware of the more imminent pressures on social care, the Government took the necessary steps in the recent Local Government Settlement to help in the shorter-term, making available almost £900 million of additional social care funding over the next two years.

The Government believes that the answer to the challenges faced by the health and social care system lies in delivering more integrated services and keeping people well and independent for longer, and in working with the NHS in implementing its own plan for the future of the NHS – the Five Year Forward View.

Department of Health

Click this link to view the response online:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/177055?reveal_response=yes

The Petitions Committee will take a look at this petition and its response. They can press the government for action and gather evidence. If this petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the Committee will consider it for a debate.

The Committee is made up of 11 MPs, from political parties in government and in opposition. It is entirely independent of the Government. Find out more about the Committee: https://petition.parliament.uk/help#petitions-committee

Thanks,
The Petitions team
UK Government and Parliament

10th February 2017

Partner Update 

Dress code policies, top tips on tendering and more.. 

Each month we will send you an update filled with, opinion pieces on hot topics, legal updates as well as all the latest news from Citation.

 

10th February 2017

Safeguarding Basic Awareness Course 

 

Safeguarding Basic Awareness (ASAS/PACT1012-16AG + ASAS/PACT1012-16AH) course on 9th March 2017 at Havant Plaza, in Havant.

If you wish to secure places on this, or any other course, then please visit the Learning Zone and log-in to online booking; or alternatively, reply to sam.manning@hants.gov.uk with participant details

3rd February 2017

CQC Feedback - A Summary 

Sharing Best Practice

 

The latest summary of postives and areas for improvement from a selection of CQC Inspection Reports as up to February 2017.

 

The Grey Matter Group provide this document to support the sharing of best practice within the Adult Social Care sector.

 

Download the document here: CQC Feedback – A Summary – February 2017

 

We welcome your feedback, and would be interested to know if you find the summary useful, or if there are any improvements that we could make to it.

 

If you missed the first edition, it is available for download here

25th November 2016

Autumn Statement

 

HCA welcomed the 30p increase in the living wage from £7.20 an hour to £7.50, but warn that this would also push up the cost of delivering social care, putting an increased strain on local authorities that have already seen their budgets slashed.


There has been a steep rise in the number of patients fit to leave hospitals, but who continue to occupy beds because of problems arranging social care. 

“Bed blocking” has dramatically increased with the highest recorded in August this year, this crisis situation can no longer be ignored.


All Adult Social Care Directors, LGA and NHS chiefs warned the chancellor's failure to act would mean more care homes closing and growing gaps in the market.


HCA call on the Government to rethink their decision and allocate immediate funding to stabilise our care and support system, as well as create a sustainable funding settlement for the future.
 

At the very least, money allocated to the Better Care Fund should be released immediately – not in two years’ time.
 

 
 
 
24th November 2015

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

 

The evening kicked off with drinks and a 3 course meal, followed by the award presentation, compered by Martin Bell of Real Recruitment Solutions and finished up with music and dancing.

 

The nominating process took place a few months ago and then at the end of October each of the categories was blind judged by the company that sponsored that category. Each of the sponsors were sent a pile of nomination forms with all of the names blacked out so it could be judged completely anonymously. They then narrowed the pile of entries down to 5 finalists in each category (3 in the nurse category as there are fewer nursing homes) and then chose a winner and a runner up from those finalists.

Click here for all the winners

Click here for all the photos

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