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Health and social care services should work more closely together to ensure older people with social care needs and multiple long-term conditions receive effective care, says NICE. In latest social care guidance, NICE calls for care to be integrated so that better, more person-centre care can be provided for the…
There has been an "alarming" rise in the number of elderly people admitted to hospital with life-threatening infections due to failings in GP and community care. A damning report from Age UK also found that more than a million people are left struggling with basic tasks such as eating and…
The GMB union has claimed that a shortage of staff providing home care for some of the most vulnerable people in the Highlands has left the services at breaking point. The union also says that privatisation had left profit-making private care providers competing for clients in more affluent areas at…
A "postcode lottery" has local authorities in the south contributing far more to the cost of long-term care than in the north, new figures show. Which? submitted Freedom of Information requests to 180 local authorities across England, Wales and Northern Ireland and found "huge variations" in the standard weekly rate…
A new report from Skills for Care has revealed that number of adult social care jobs in England increased by around 40,000 between 2013 and 2014 taking the total to 1.55 million jobs. The annual ‘Size of Structure of the Adult Social Care Sector in England 2015’ report, using data…
Siobhan McMahon MSP has launched a consultation on the abolition of non-residential social care charges. At present, local authorities across Scotland are able to charge for a range of non-residential social care services, which has a significant impact on the ability of many older and disabled people to enjoy their…
Families are paying too much for social care "all too often" because they are not getting the correct information, according to a report. The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) says many families across England are paying more than they need to because they have not been given comprehensive information about the…
In the past week the Care Quality Commission has published a further 87 reports on the quality of care provided by adult social care services across the South of England. Following recent inspections, 44 of these care homes and agencies supporting people in their own homes have been rated as…
In the past week the Care Quality Commission has published a further 56 reports on the quality of care provided by adult social care services across the North that have been inspected under its new approach. Following recent inspections, 35 have been rated as Good, 16 have been Requires Improvement…
Home care workers must be given enough time to spend with elderly and disabled people and must have enough travelling time between appointments, a health watchdog has said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) said home help visits of less than 30 minutes were not acceptable unless…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has developed a new App to be used as a reference resource for all workers whose role includes supporting or caring for adults. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the worker’s own organisation’s adult support and protection policies and procedures. There…
In the past week the Care Quality Commission has published a further 80 reports on the quality of care provided by adult social care services across the North that have been inspected under its new approach. Following recent inspections, 2 of these services has been rated as Outstanding, 43 have…