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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have issued two new quality standards on managing medicines in care homes and preventing falls, both aimed at improving the quality of care for older people. With 350,000 people in England and Wales live in a care home, mistakes in administering…
An important survey is being launched to help shape future research to improve healthcare for people living in care homes. Research is essential for developing better ways of providing care, by finding the evidence for practice that improves care. A team from Cardiff University are looking at new ideas for…
Failing to pay the living wage to care workers risks affecting the standard of care received by vulnerable people, the Head of Social Work at Birmingham City University has warned. Responding to a recent report by the Resolution Foundation, which reveals two thirds of all care jobs in the UK…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has signed up to a new set of Regional PPI (Personal and Public Involvement) Standards which will ensure they continue to fully involve service users and carers in all areas of NISCC business activities. The standards were established by the Public Health Agency…
A care service for vulnerable people in the Borders has been heavily criticised by the Care Inspectorate. Inspectors said that failings at the Duns-based Community Integrated Care (CIC) could be "life threatening". The latest inspection found clients missed out on vital visits as a result of staffing problems and in…
Better care should be provided to the millions of people living with long-term health conditions in the UK that cost the NHS £75 billion a year, a report has warned. Dangerous gaps in diagnosis, treatment, support and co-ordination of care for patients are having serious consequences, the study by the…
A Gwynedd adult care home manager has been struck off the Register of Social Care Workers for neglecting older people in her care. Joan Lesley Heatley, formerly employed by a private residential home in Gwynedd, failed to uphold the standards of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers by…
New laws designed to integrate health and social care services better to ensure the failures in patient safety exposed in the Mid Staffordshire scandal are not repeated have cleared their latest Lords hurdle. The legislation is intended to spare patients the frustration of having to repeatedly tell health staff their…
Nearly nine in 10 GPs questioned for a survey said they feared that social care services were not providing sufficient care for patients leading to extra pressure on surgeries and other parts of the health system. The poll found that almost three-quarters (71%) believed care services would worsen over the…
The Shape of Caring Review report, commissioned by Health Education England in partnership with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, is published today. Raising the Bar, the final report from the Shape of Caring review, details 34 recommendations for the future of education and training for registered nurses and care assistants.…
Children, the mentally unwell and other vulnerable people are being locked in cells because police custody is being used as a substitute for social and health care, inspectors have said. The majority of people detained by the police were reasonably well cared for but inconsistency of practices led on occasion…
Outsourcing public services leads to staff working longer hours for less pay and worse contracts, according to a new study. The TUC said that workers in privatised services are more likely to put in longer hours, receive lower wages and be on insecure or temporary contracts. Research into outsourcing in…