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Northern Ireland's Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) have today launched a new Membership Scheme aimed at users of health and social care services, their families and friends. The aim of the scheme is to help RQIA improve its engagement with service users and improve on the design and deliverly…
Scotland’s social services have been honoured for their outstanding commitment to improving the lives of the people they support at the Scottish Social Services Awards. To mark 2018 as the Year of Young People, a new award was introduced to recognise those working in Children’s Services who play a crucial…
An Inverness care home plagued with problems has again been told to make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a new formal Improvement Notice on Fairfield Care Home in the city following an inspection which raised serious concerns. Inspectors noted that three…
A doctor who caused the decapitation of a baby after deciding on the wrong method of delivery has been cleared of misconduct by a medical tribunal. Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman proceeded with a regular delivery with a 30-year-old first-time mother who was 25 weeks pregnant at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee…
Social services bosses at a London council who were criticised over the way they handled a case involving the care of a child have failed in a bid to keep a family court judge's ruling under wraps. Recorder Corraine Sadd has published a ruling in which she complains of a…
A social worker from Wrexham has been removed from the Social Care Wales register after a fitness to practise hearing found he had put the young people in his care at risk of serious harm. Les Woods was accused of multiple failings between March 2016 and June 2017, including failing…
Inspectors have praised a young offender institution where boys are rewarded for good behaviour with sweets or access to computer games. The prisons watchdog commended HMYOI Werrington for creating a culture of "incentive rather than punishment". It highlighted the policy on "incentives and earned privileges" in place at the facility,…
A baby was decapitated after a doctor decided on the wrong method to try and deliver him, a medical tribunal has found. Dr Vaishnavy Vilvanathan Laxman failed to perform an immediate emergency caesarean section and instead proceeded with a regular delivery, a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service (MTPS) panel said in…
Up to 75 women may have died early following blunders in a breast screening, according to latest estimates. NHS records show as many as 174,000 women were affected by failures in the programme and 130,000 are still alive. Between 135 and 270 were feared to have had their lives cut…
A care home for older people in East Lothian has been told to make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement Notice on Drummohr Nursing Home in Musselburgh following an inspection which raised serious concerns. The notice lists five areas…
Health officials are trying to trace 140 patients who have not yet responded to a major recall alert linked to concerns about the work of a consultant neurologist. Earlier this month, Belfast Trust ordered the recall of 2,500 patients following a probe into Dr Michael Watt amid concerns about potential…
Thousands of "pinball kids" are being shunted around the care system, facing multiple changes to their home, school or social workers, a report warns. Just one in four children in care experienced no changes in 2016/17, according to a study by the Children's Commissioner, who warned that far too many…