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The spark will ignite - how poetry helps engage people with dementia

Shared reading has a significant impact on mood, concentration and social interaction. A Liverpool charity is running sessions in care homes

Digital Health partners with PRSB to support health and social care leaders

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) and Digital Health have launched a partnership to support NHS and social care leaders in the digital transformation of health and care.

The collaboration will see Digital Health, host of Digital health Networks, and the PRSB work closely to help promote the development and adoption of standards amongst health and social care leaders as a key enabler to sharing information digitally between care providers.

Government will legislate to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Ministers broadly accept Liberty Protection Safeguards system proposed by Law Commission and pledge to legislate when parliamentary time allows

The Spring Statement Failed To Confront The Social Care Crisis

People with long-term health conditions and their carers are being pushed to breaking point

Tigger-like Hammond's Spring Statement condemned by social care's Eeyores

Philip Hammond was bouncy as he delivered his Spring Statement, describing himself as €˜positively Tigger-like€™ while announcing the economy had grown every year since 2010, however his speech gave no joy to the care sector.

Social care must be given parity with NHS to avoid delayed transfers of care

A sustainable social care system is key to a sustainable NHS, the LGA has argued in response to NHS Englands latest delayed transfers of care (DToC) figures which revealed a total of 152,300 delayed days in January.

Whitehall blasted for over-simplification of social care crisis

Council chiefs have criticised the Government€™s response to a report on the care home market describing it as a €˜serious over-simplification€™ of the adult social care crisis.

Counting the cost of adult social care as councils set spending budgets

How to fund adult social care is a question on the lips of all councils as they finalise their budgets for the next financial year.

Call for clamp down on care home chiefs charging for rooms after death

CARE home residents are vulnerable to immediate eviction and sharp practices because of secretive care providers, a probe has found.

LGA urges for social care to have equal footing to NHS to close funding gap

Historic underfunding of adult social care is impacting on inpatient services, the LGA has warned.

Care workers hailed for battling weather to keep services running

Staff have slept overnight in care homes and walked miles through blizzards to reach clients

NICE issues guideline for adult social care

NICE has launched a new guideline on People€™s experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services.

The guideline covers good practice in the care and support of all adults who use services and aims to improve their experience of services.

What is the cost of care?

The number of people who require social care in later life is rising. What is the best way to prepare for this possibility and how can the costs be met?

The drive for better care for older LGBT people I wont put up with prejudice

A training play for care homes and €˜older LGBT champion€™ badges are among initiatives addressing diversity awareness

Profit-hungry firms are gambling on social care. Are the stakes too high?

Private equity firms have amassed huge debt buying up care homes. If they collapse, older people will be the losers

GDPR - what it means for the health and social care sector

Next May, when the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, is not the finish line, says Monaghan, but the start. And it is the start of a marathon, not a sprint.

Social care workforce has been neglected, says National Audit Office

The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. This is the major finding of a National Audit Office (NAO) report released in early February.

The report said the number of people working in care was not meeting the country€™s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing.

Dementia tax Millions of over 40s face paying MORE National Insurance every year

MILLIONS of workers aged 40 and over face paying hundreds of pounds more National Insurance (NI)in radical plans that Theresa Mays ex-defacto deputy Damian Green admits could be described as a dementia tax.

NHS England promotes joint working with local authorities

England€™s top A&E doctor is calling for a closer working relationship between the NHS and local authorities to help improve the health of local communities.

Adult social care workforce consultation opens

A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in partnership with Skills for Care. The deadline for responses is Monday, April 9th.

Independent survey to assess impact of sleep-in pay crisis on future of social care

New independent research(1) launched today will assess how the nation€™s care and support sector is affected by an estimated £400m bill for sleep-in shifts back pay.

Joint inquiry launched on long-term funding of adult social care

The Communities and Local Government and Health Committees launch a joint inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care to feed in to the Government's forthcoming Green Paper.

Dementia research must study care as well as cure

The need for a cure for dementia is pressing, but practical solutions to benefit those with the condition are also vital

Former minister calls for pensions shake-up to fund social care

A CARE pension which helps cover costs for people later in life should be introduced, a former minister said yesterday. Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London and ex-pensions minister, said a solution is needed which could help people build up protection against the possibility of huge care costs later in life.

Making The Case For Better Care And Making It Happen

With a government green paper on reforming care due this summer, expectations are mixed.

Some see this as the best and only opportunity to fix the beleaguered care system. The latest care report from the National Audit Office warns of a Cinderella service in danger of collapse.

IN THE LOOP Andrea Sutcliffe looks at the challenges in 2018

Following her CBE in the New Years Honours List, Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), looks ahead to the challenges the coming year poses.

Social care allowances are confusing and the government must offer clarity

The current system is convoluted. People need to know if they have to save for later-life care

eople with dementia trapped in hospital amid social care crisis

People with dementia are increasingly trapped in hospital due to Britain€™s deepening social care crisis, campaigners have warned.

Adult social care is privatisation irreversible

The privatisation of adult social care is a 30-year process that has grown unchecked, made worse by austerity politics. Should the private sector lose interest and leave the market, the consequences will be grave.

Could the Montessori method help people with dementia

The approach has had positive results in the US, Canada and Australia and is now being introduced in the UK

Smarter homes could save NHS and social care system 2.5bn a year

Creating more modified homes, which encourage older people to keep mentally and physically fit for longer, could help save the NHS and social care system billions of pounds each year, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Social care system at the point of crisis with 2.5bn funding gap predicted

There is a warning that without extra money the situation will get worse and worse, with a 2.5bn shortfall by 2020.

Government must act to halt crisis in social care recruitment

Undervalued and poorly rewarded care workers are leaving the sector, and they are not being replaced quickly enough to meet demand

Care sector Short of nurses and other key staff

Low rates of pay and workload pressures mean care services can no longer fill key posts in England, a watchdog says.

Replace National Insurance with tax dedicated to NHS and social care, say experts

A Lib Dem-backed report calls for extra funding to be ring-fenced for the next three years, and social care costs to be capped.

Councils give cautious welcome to extra 150m for social care

Cash injection is a temporary measure that will not ease wider pressures, local authorities warn

The Guardian view on council spending a crisis unfolding

Eight years of savage cuts are driving local government and the services it provides to the brink of viability. Crisis management is no answer to this looming catastrophe

Disability care crisis More than a million carers are over 60

Vulnerable and disabled people face a crisis because their carers are becoming too old to look after them, charities warn. A third of carers in England and Wales €“ more than a million €“ are over 60.

Combining social care and the NHS will help avoid another winter crisis and save lives

A winter crisis shouldnt be inevitable, and we should never be close to the situation we continually find ourselves in

Tory backbanchers threaten rebellion over social care for the shires

The embattled Prime Minister faces fresh threats over opposition from her own party, this time in relation to town hall funding.

ADASS calls for long-term funding plan for social care

Social services directors have called for more funding for the sector, whilst praising the efforts of care staff over the winter.

Social care at tipping point as back pay crisis grows, warn councils

In a letter to the Observer, ministers have been urged to plug the £400m hole created by new rules on overnight care

NHS NHS tax suggested to plug huge funding gap

A FORMER top Treasury official has called for a new NHS and social care tax to help plug the gap in health service funding.

MPs launch inquiry into long-term adult social care funding

Parliamentary inquiry to report on long-term solutions to adult social care funding crisis ahead of green paper on older people's care

Jeremy Hunt urged to delay NHS shake-up to integrate health and social care

Health Committee chair Sarah Wollaston says Jeremy Hunt should delay NHS reforms amid fears of reduced provision.

Will a rebranded Department of Health change anything?

In another week of extreme pressure across the NHS, with senior hospital doctors telling the prime minister that the situation is intolerable, the Department of Health has been rebranded. But will it make any difference?

We need a new care deal to tackle the challenges of an ageing population

Our campaign will explore social isolation, the care workforce, community responses to health and care needs, and what future provision could look like

What Jeremy Hunt Must Do To Fix The Social Care Crisis

Before we get too carried away with the addition of social care to Jeremy Hunts job title, its important to remind ourselves of two things.

First, the social care system has been in the grips of a deepening crisis since well before the start of his tenure.

Social care bosses approve 3400 Pound awards ceremony trip to London after discussing price hikes for pensioners

The committee was discussing proposed increases in the price of care for pensioners before it approved plans for the award ceremony

Jeremy Hunt keeps Heath Secretary with added social care brief despite overseeing NHS winter crisis

Mr Hunt had been tipped for a sideways to a different department, after becoming hugely unpopular with many patients and health staff

We need to talk about doing social care differently

Of course the money matters. But the debate about social care should be about meaning and purpose as well as who pays

A brave and bold new world: my vision for social care

The green paper should put care at the heart of communities and invest in the people and innovations that will deliver it

The big issue: healthcare is too important to be left to the politicians

Restructuring of the NHS is essential, but the task needs to be taken out of the political arena and placed with a royal commission of experts

Luxury 6m 'five star' care home will bring 90 jobs to Notts

A luxury 6m care home with its own bar, library and health spa treatment rooms is to open in Nottinghamshire creating around 90 new jobs.

The five star 74-bedroom facility will also house a bistro with a la carte dining, a hair salon and internet cafe.

Leading social care figures and chiefs receive New Year's honours

Several leading figures in adult and children€™s social care have been recognised in the New Year€™s honours list.

Social care in 2018 time to think about the future workforce

With 90,000 vacancies, recruitment and retention is social care€™s most pressing issue. We are calling for a national campaign to find the right people for the job

Winter social care pressures Crisis was here before the snow, and is still here after it

As one of the coldest recent Decembers drew to a close, experts share their views on the state of adult care services

Set Brexit aside here are the political issues you must not lose sight of in 2018

With unprecedented government cuts, hard times lie ahead for millions affected by poverty, homelessness, disability, universal credit and the social care crisis

Why it's difficult to attract younger people into the social care sector

Staff shortages are set to cause a crisis. That€™s why organisations are reaching out to young people to show how rewarding a career in care can be

More than 2.3 million elderly people are missing out on vital social care, says Labour

Older people in the most deprived areas are more likely to miss out on much-needed help with everyday tasks

Tory MP calls for social care to be centrally funded along lines of NHS

A Tory MP has urged ministers to consider centralised funding of social care in a similar system to the NHS.

Governments austerity and social care crisis create tipping point for City Council budget

Rising costs of adult social care and slashed Government funding have created a tipping point for Nottingham City Council as it aims to save another 27m for next years budget.

How Do We Navigate The Black Hole Of Dementia Care Research?

Every year we invest millions of pounds in academic research, but how are these learnings applied in health and social care practice?

Human stories will convince the public that social care is worth investing in

Green paper must create a clear and compelling picture of living well with disability and in older age

PHE Advice on Flu in Care Homes

Public Health England have issued guidance on the management of outbreaks of influenza like illness (ILI) in care homes

Meeting With CQC

Blog Post 18 Dec 2017

The Association was represented at a National meeting with CQC by Debbie Le Quesne. Debbie is also the Co-chair of the Care Association Alliance which represents the Care Associations across the Country.

Slashing queues, helping new mothers: NHS explores apps for care in a digital age

Doctors, tech experts and scientists tested new ideas at a health €˜hackathon€™ €“ now a fund aims to back the best with cash

Social care postcode gap widens for older people

Council funding cuts have reduced help for the old in deprived areas, study shows

Richard Humphries: Could social care finally become truly local?

Had T S Eliot been thinking of social care when he wrote The Wasteland, November not April would have been the cruellest month.

Ofsted: Deprived councils face biggest social care challenge

Councils in areas of lower deprivation, and those with a higher spend on children€™s social care, are more likely to receive a higher inspection rating from Ofsted, the regulator€™s annual report has found.

More than 1,400 NHS dementia patients well enough to go home at Christmas will be stranded in hospital, warns charity

Lack of social care funding €˜turning wards into waiting rooms€™ as figures shows dementia patients are delayed up to 10 times longer than hospital patients without the condition

Consultation begins on social care info for NHS.UK

Initial focus to be on how future website for health service can support social care of senior citizens

NHS Digital has begun a consultation on what social care information, notably for people aged over 65, should be included on the future NHS.UK website.

The state of social care shames us all

Care homes are unfairly relying on better-off residents to subsidise others care. The government urgently needs to increase funding to the sector

Urgent talks over future of Four Seasons care homes in UK

Creditor H 2 makes concessions amid crisis at health firm caring for 17,000 elderly and vulnerable people

5 Ways to Sustain High-Quality Social Care

So youve developed your company€™s first dedicated social customer service team€”congrats Now how do you keep it going

Plans for cap on social care costs in 2020 pulled by government

Consultation on social care reform will include proposals for a limit on individual spend on care, but 72000 cap will not be introduced in three years

NHS wards becoming long stay institutions amid lack of social care

Hospitals are being turned into long-stay institutions, amid a crisis in social care, with more than 17,000 people now stuck on hospital wards for at least three weeks, official figures show.

There is no silver bullet for social care, but ministers must not dodge the issue

With services under severe strain, the government must catalyse a culture shift that puts prevention at the heart of care

NHS bosses sound alarm over hospitals already running at 99% capacity

Bed shortages prompting concern for patient safety even before onset of winter weather and anticipated major flu outbreak

Disabled People Are Not For Sale

The UK has had a policy of competitive tendering for public services since the 1980s. There is no evidence to support this policy - but plenty of evidence that it has a severe negative impact on social care and human rights.

We need a massive expansion of volunteers in public services

More people would get involved in voluntary work if we threw open the doors of our hospitals and care homes and made it easier for them

Care home provider under threat as Labour attacks profit-first firms

Four Seasons Health Care, which looks after 17,000 residents, could go into administration after talks are derailed

David Cameron admits we didnt solve problem of funding for Britain's ageing population

David Cameron has expressed regret he was unable to do more to deal with the huge challenge funding social care for Britains ageing population.

Social care green paper can deliver if it sees the bigger picture

The autumn budget failed to tackle social care funding, but Damian Green€™s comments on reform are loaded with promise

1bn funding shortfall may force UK care homes to close, says watchdog

Fees paid by cash-strapped councils fail to meet costs of caring for residents, according to Competition and Markets Authority

Small changes can make a big difference to the quality of care

It takes bravery and humility for those on the receiving end of complaints to listen and act

Senior Tories in budget backlash over NHS and social care cash

Two former health secretaries and chair of select committee call for end to short-term thinking as crisis grows

Councils forced to use emergency cash to pay for social care as funding shortfall grows

More than half of local authorities due to overspend on social care this year with most set to make up shortfall through reserves

Have there been two decades of failure to reform social care

A politically-charged Budget has passed with no mention of social care, despite a growing sense in recent years that the system of support for older people and younger disabled adults is on the point of crisis.

Budget 2017: Furious Jeremy Corbyn lashes out at Tories jeering him as he calls for urgent social care funds

Labour leader rebukes members of Government for displaying uncaring and uncouth attitudes towards care for desperate elderly people after Chancellor fails to mention issue in speech

Knight Frank is pleased to introduce the sixth annual review of trading performance in the UK care home sector.

Supported by data kindly provided by leading care home operators, the Care Home Trading Performance Index (CHTPI) provides industry-leading benchmarks on occupancy rates, mix of funding type, average weekly fees (AWF), costs such as staff and agency outlays, and profitability.

Councils acting positively on social care complaints

Councils and care providers implemented more than 1,300 recommendations to put things right for people who complained to the local government ombudsman last year.

Ombudsman upholding two-thirds of adult social care complaints, annual review reveals

Watchdog hails learning culture in independent care sector but admits rise in safeguarding complaints is very worrying

Ofsted announces new director for social care

Ofsted has appointed a London borough director of children€™s services as its new national director of social care.

Yvette Stanley will join the regulator in April from Merton LBC where she is currently director for children, schools and families. She wil replace Eleanor Schooling, who has agreed to extend her time with Ofsted until 31 March next year.

Government accused of dragging their feet on social care funding shake-up

Ministers delay publication of social care green paper until summer 2018, prompting claims they are kicking the can down the road

Landmark study links Tory austerity to 120,000 deaths

The Conservatives have been accused of €œeconomic murder€ for austerity policies which a new study suggests have caused 120,000 deaths.

The paper found that there were 45,000 more deaths in the first four years of Tory-led efficiencies than would have been expected if funding had stayed at pre-election levels.

HMRC is taking a punitive approach to care worker back-pay issue

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group says there is a lack of clarity with the scheme to make care charities give sleep-in staff back pay within 15 months

A charity representing more than 80 voluntary sector and not-for-profit disability and care organisations has accused the government and the taxman of taking a punitive approach to charities over the back-pay issue for sleep-in care workers.

Care home fees jump to 33,000 pounds per year - pushing the average stay to over 80,000 pounds

Average care fees have risen above 33,000 pounds this year, meaning the last 12 months saw costs rise at the fastest rate on record.

The 9.6pc increase between 2016 and 2017 was nearly double the previous year's rise and, assuming a two-and-a-half year stay in a home, takes the average total cost of care to 84,760 pounds

We can't fix social care if we think it's just for older people

Disabled people aged 18-64 make up a third of all social care users, yet they are not getting the support they need

Funding for ten jobs given the go-ahead to prevent hospital backlogs

Plans to increase adult social care support services - saving nearly £400,000 worth of backlogs - have been given the green light.

Nottinghamshire County Council's adult social care and public health committee approved funding for ten new job positions at the Queen's Medical Centre and King's Mill Hospital in preparation for the winter months at a meeting on Monday, November 13.

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