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The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has published new reports on home care in Carmarthenshire, Wrexham, Cardiff, Denbighshire, Monmouthshire and Swansea. These six reports are part of their wider review into domiciliary care feed into the full national report later this year. The national report will provide recommendations…
Ministers have been accused of suppressing a critical evaluation of the Government's Troubled Families initiative which cast doubt on the effectiveness of the programme. The initiative, launched in the wake of riots in 2011, aims to turn around the lives of thousands of families by tackling often interlinked problems like…
A report by the National Audit Office (NAO) published earlier this year estimated that delays in discharging medically fit patients from hospital were costing £820m a year. In spite of many organisations across the country introducing various measures to reduce delays in discharges, the NAO reports that the number of…
Scotland’s social care support system increasingly risks cracking under the strain, as demand rises and funding fails to keep pace, to the potential detriment of thousands of disabled people and their families. Responding to these concerns, this week saw the launch of a 'Statement of Ambition' on the future for…
Homecare workers continue to receive less than the minimum wage because of the "scandal" of not being paid for the time spent travelling between visits, the Government is being told. Unison said it believes the practice is widespread, while wage slips are often confusing so workers cannot check payments. The…
At least 19 people have been killed and about 20 wounded in a knife attack at a centre for handicapped people near Tokyo - Japan's worst mass killing in generations. Police said they responded to a call at about 2.30am local time on Tuesday from an employee saying something horrible…
The Government is being urged to "address the crisis in local councils' funding" hitting disabled people and their families. Learning disability charity Mencap spoke out after two families from Newbury won a High Court battle over a cash-strapped council's decision to cut spending on services which allow parents with disabled…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today officially opened an innovative new learning centre designed to support people receiving care and support in Glasgow. Ms Sturgeon was given a guided tour of the Gorbals-based Academy - and saw for herself how the facility’s special features encourage learning and discussion among staff at…
The widening gap between rising demand for social care and its availability is impacting on efforts to cut the number of people stuck in hospital, a report has found. MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee are calling for new strategies to reduce the numbers of people in hospital who…
Infirm hospital patients should receive guaranteed social care within a week of being declared fit to go home, according to Labour. More than 5,000 patients have been held in hospital longer than necessary since the end of 2015 despite a Scottish Government pledge to eradicate bed-blocking by then. Labour said…
We have news of a free online course from Newcastle University which is sure to interest care home staff, home carers and anyone who cares for older people professionally or at home. The four week, “Ageing Well: Falls” course explores why people fall, discovers practical methods to reduce the risk…
A former social worker and current Labour MP for Stockport has condemned the state of social care in Inverness claiming it is 'dreadful'. Ann Coffey, a former social worker for several local authorities, said she was left shocked by the standard of care and lack of properly trained care workers…