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Department of Health and Social Care Issue Consultation on training for health and social care staff

The Department of Health and Social Care have issued a consultation on learning disability and autism training for health and social care staff. The consultation has been created in order to ensure ‘staff working in health and social care have the right training to understand the needs of people with a learning disability and/or autism …

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Studies show lack of residential care is a main cause of bed-blocking

New studies have shown that a total of 29,374 beds were blocked in hospitals in the UK last year. A high proportion of these were due to a lack of capacity in nursing homes or residential care homes.  Unfortunately bed-blocking comes at a great cost with results from the requests showing prices ranging between £200-£727. …

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Supreme Court grants permission for appeal against Mencap / ‘sleep-ins’ decision

The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal against last year’s Court of Appeal ruling on sleep in payments for care workers. The case argues that sleep-in shifts should count as working time and be paid at least hourly minimum wage rates. Last year, the Court of Appeal overturned the decision of a 2015 employment tribunal …

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CQC ask providers to comment on their registration guidance

The CQC have asked providers for feedback on their experiences of using their guidance: The Scope of Registration. The guidance was issued ‘to make it clearer for providers who should register with CQC and for which regulated activities’. A link to the guidance can be found here The Scope of Registration Providers can complete a …

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Frozen charging thresholds mean many people face paying for residential care

The government announced last week that the upper and lower capital limits, which determine who must pay the full cost of their care and how much others should pay from their assets, will remain at the same level in 2019-20 as they have done since 2010-11. Due to this, social care experts have warned that …

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Ofsted see rise in legal challenges to reports

Chief Inspector of Ofsted, Amanda Spielman, has said there has been an increase in legal challenges to its reports. Ms Spielman told MPs that the rise in challenges was mainly coming from private organisations, such as apprenticeship providers, nurseries and children’s homes. There has been a particular rise in the number of tribunals involving children’s …

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Ridouts notices increase in financial abuse and theft within care homes

Financial abuse within the care home sector remains a critical issue within the media, Government and the CQC. 2019 has already seen two serious cases of financial abuse within the adult social care sector, with it bringing costly fines, prison sentences and reputational damage for the organisation. Providers need to keep a close eye on …

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