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The Care Council for Wales (CCW) has launched a new Code of Professional Practice which sets the standards for all social workers and social care practitioners working in Wales and what is expected of them by employers, individuals receiving services and the public. It emphasises the importance of care professionals…
Age UK has launched a new short film to get people talking about human rights for older people abused in care. 'His name is Charles' tells the story of Charles, who lives in a care home. He is ignored, dressed in someone else’s clothes and staff don’t even know his…
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a new campaign to promote the statutory regulation of Arts Therapists amongst employers. The Why Hire an Arts Therapist? (WHAT?) campaign will promote the fact that Arts Therapists are a regulated profession and will also raise awareness of the legally protected…
Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells has launched revised care standards for nursing homes. The standards set out the minimum requirements that providers of these services must achieve. They also set the level of service that the residents in nursing home care and their families and carers can expect. Mr…
An acquired brain injury hospital in Glasgow has been praised for the quality of its care following an unannounced inspection by Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS). Inspectors reporting on The Disabilities Trust owned, Graham Anderson House, found the service had good systems in place to monitor and improve the quality of…
The Care Inspectorate has announced some changes to the way they inspect care services in Scotland. The changes have been informed by a widespread consultation with a broad range of partners and stakeholders, including providers and service users, and also took consideration of a number of wider issues, including the…
The Commissioner for Older People in Northern Ireland has criticised the late-night transfers of elderly patients saying it was an "indictment of the state of our health service”. Claire Keatinge was commenting following a BBC report into the written complaint of several senior nurses who described the out-of-hours hospital transfers…
One of Scotland’s leading housing and care providers is further cementing its reputation as a care-innovator by improving the feedback platforms it provides to its service users. With the aim of providing the best possible levels of care, Edinburgh based Blackwood now offers eight methods of feedback. They are: Customer…
The son of a 100-year-old great grandmother who died after falling out of a body sling that her two carers were not trained to use called on the Government and care homes to drive up standards of care for Britain's ageing population. John Ward, 65, whose mother May Ward died…
A new report has established that personal qualities are more important than gender in support services for vulnerable young men. Commitment, consistency and the ability to form relationships of mutual care and respect are of greater importance than gender in recruiting staff to services that support vulnerable young men, researchers…
Social worker Shaun Woosey has been struck off the the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register on the grounds of misconduct after serious failings over a protracted period put vulnerable service users at risk of harm. A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Woosey…
One in 10 people suffering a bereavement rated the care their friend or relative had received in the last three months of their life as "poor", according to newly-released data. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said if found four areas - London, Essex, Greater Manchester and Birmingham and the…