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Six per cent of people in need of adult social care feel socially isolated and have little contact with friends, family or neighbours, according a survey from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). The poll of more than 70,000 people who use social care services in England found…
A care home which was severely criticised by inspectors for neglect, unsafe practices and poor conditions has closed. Concerns were raised during an inspection by the Care Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) in April, 2013, and when the inspectors returned in December they found “significant deterioration in the provision of…
Organisations and members of the public across Scotland are being offered the opportunity to give their views on the standards of care that people receive. Scots are being asked to respond to a consultation on Scotland’s National Care Standards, which covers services such as nurseries and childminders, care homes for…
The Public Consultation on the Review of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers will launch today, coinciding with the start of the National Social Services Conference. The consultation focuses on a refreshed version of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers, which was originally published in 2002.…
Bedford care professionals focused on keeping a man with mental health problems in his own home at a cost to his health and welfare, an investigation has found. The joint investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) and Parliamentary and Health Services Ombudsman into Bedford Borough Council and South Essex…
A public consultation on the standards to be expected of social care workers in Wales is to be launched by the Care Council later this month. The consultation will focus on an updated version of the Code of Practice for Social Care Workers, which was originally published in 2002. The…
Levels of care being given to dementia sufferers in specialist NHS units have been criticised in a new report by the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland. The report found that while many people are receiving good care, there are units where the care is poor and the rights and dignity…
Complaints to the local government ombudsman about adult social care in England have more than doubled over the last four years, it has been revealed. Local government ombudsman Jane Martin said the body received 2,456 complaints and inquiries about adult social care last year, a 13.8% increase since 2012 and…
The standards which set out what social workers should expect from their employers have been revised and re-launched by local authorities, the Local Government Association (LGA) announced yesterday. The Standards for Employers of social workers have been re-developed to give social work employers and those working in social work access…
Ed Miliband pledged to "call time on clock-watch care" by taking action to end the practice of visits lasting just 15 minutes or less. He said Labour would work with cash-strapped councils to ensure longer slots were guaranteed and improve conditions for "exploited" carers. It is one of the recommendations…
The most senior family judge in England and Wales has warned of the consequences of a "landmark" Supreme Court ruling on the rights of disabled people living in care facilities. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court and President of the Court of Protection, said…
Four out of five nurses do not think they are being given enough time to give patients adequate care. Eighty-two percent of nurses are so busy that they don't have enough time to give an acceptable level of care, according to a new poll. The survey, conducted by ITV's Good…