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The Government is being urged to tackle a "crisis" in the care system after warnings from workers that the crucial sector is "collapsing". A dossier drawn up by Unison revealed illegally low pay rates, widespread use of zero-hours contracts, poor training standards and "damaging consequences" of privatisation. Homecare workers also…
New standards for NHS Scotland aim to improve the care of older people in hospital. A key goal of the standards is strengthening the involvement of patients and carers in discussions and decisions about the care that is delivered. NHS boards in Scotland are now expected to work towards meeting…
A new academic report commissioned by Scottish Care, entitled ‘Home Delivery: A profile of the care at home sector in Scotland 2015’ was launched on 5 June 2015 at Scottish Care's annual National Care At Home & Housing Support Conference in Glasgow. Delivering care and support to people in their…
A doctor who received a concerned phone call from a teacher about a pupil shortly before the boy was murdered felt it did not appear "urgent", a disciplinary panel heard. Mohammad Pathan - who was the GP of four-year-old Daniel Pelka, the schoolboy beaten and left to die after six…
The Church of Scotland's social care arm, CrossReach, has recognised the contribution its workforce at an event at the Church of Scotland Assembly Hall in Edinburgh this week. Workers from across the organisation received certificates, trophies and awards for their commitment to personal development with 133 staff achieving new qualifications;…
A housing support service in Airdrie has received top marks from Scotland’s social care regulator for the second inspection in a row. Inspectors gave Monklands Women’s Aid marks of ‘excellent’ across the board after a short-notice inspection, the second inspection in a row which saw the service achieve these grades.…
A Mental Health Foundation-run support project in Wales has been awarded the national quality mark by Public Health Wales. The Self-management and Peer Support project gives people living with mental health problems a sense of control over their own lives as well as enabling them to help others. “The panel…
An elderly cancer patient who spent his last days in avoidable agony and a mother who was forced to call an A&E doctor from another hospital ward as her son was in such desperate need of pain relief are some of the "appalling" breaches highlighted in a report into end…
The Health and Social Care Information Centre on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) has released quarterly figures for January – March 2015. The data shows 119 out of 152 councils (78 per cent of all councils) submitted data for quarter four. The total number of DoLS applications in quarter four…
The UK’s largest arts training scheme for young people with sight loss, a computer programme supporting adults with learning disabilities and a ‘transformative’ care initiative for people with dementia are among the finalists in the running for prestigious national awards. A record number of entries was received for the Accolades,…
Patients receiving care from commercial providers of out-of-hours care report poorer ratings of care when compared with not-for-profit or NHS providers, a new study has shown. In the first study of its kind, a team led by the University of Exeter Medical School analysed results from more than 80,000 eligible…
The head of the British Association of Social Workers has warned against the care of vulnerable people being “handed over” to private companies. Bridget Robb said social work was facing a time of “unprecedented” change across the UK with local government in England “collapsing” and services being commissioned out to…