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Reform is needed to solve the social care crisis- will Boris Johnson help?

In a bid to solve the care crisis, Boris Johnson has committed to provide “every older person the dignity and security they deserve”. Sally Copley, Director of Policy and Campaigns at Alzheimer’s Society, comments that whilst a long term reform is needed, more urgency should be placed on the matter to provide the appropriate funding. …

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Prosecutions against care homes and NHS hospitals rise by a third

Statistics provided by the CQC have shown prosecutions, cautions and fixed penalty notices, alongside a sharp rise in civil actions, have been taken against providers. There were a total of 781 cases in 2017/2018, but this rose to 906 in 2018/19. Caroline Abrahams, charity director at Age UK, said: “The fact that the CQC felt …

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Care Minister says neither green paper nor the Government will solve social care challenges

The Care Minister, Caroline Dineage, has spoken out to say neither the green paper nor the Government will solve all of the challenges in adult social care alone. Caroline’s view is that only a “cross-party consensus” can deliver care reforms. The Minister said care homes could do more to spread the use of technology like …

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Review shows nearly a third of care home staff want CCTV in care homes

A review undertaken by carehome.co.uk has shown that nearly a third of care home staff want CCTV cameras in care homes. 2,333 care home owners, managers and staff completed the survey and 45 per cent did not have CCTV in the care homes in which they worked. The former Attorney General, Dominic Grieve MP, last …

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CQC launch new resource looking at how providers have used new technologies

CQC have launched a new resource looking at how providers have used new technologies to try and meet the needs of people using their services and improve the quality of care. Dr Malte Gerhold, Director of Strategy and Intelligence at CQC, has said that providers, innovators and regulators need to work together to get the …

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Care home managers can apply for dedicated funding to develop their skills and knowledge

The Workforce Development fund is offering targeted funding to specifically develop care managers and their deputies. For the first time, care home managers can apply for dedicated funding to develop their skills and knowledge. There is hope that the dedicated funding will enable managers to delegate more and share the workload. There are currently 21,000 …

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Plans for Liberty Protection Safeguards to come into force on 1 October 2019

Caroline Dineage MP has provided an update on the Liberty Protection Safeguards via a letter from the Department of Health & Social Care. Their intention is for the system to come into force on 1 October 2020, subject to ongoing implementation planning with delivery partners and the Welsh Government and the progress on their work …

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The Alzheimer’s Society calls for more money for dementia care to avoid hospital visits

The Alzheimer’s Society has called for more money to be made available for dementia care. In 2017, the charity undertook a ‘Fix Dementia Care’ campaign. This found that a total of 50,000 people with dementia were rushed to A&E in 2017 when this could have been prevented through proper care in the community. The charity …

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CQC publish report sharing what they have learnt about the risks from medicines

Following their inspections, CQC have published a report sharing what they have learnt from risks and good practice in medicines. A link to the report can be found here – https://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20190605_medicines_in_health_and_adult_social_care_report.pdf Providers are advised to review the recommendations made in the report and consider how they are enabling service users to have timely access to …

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