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Vital support services for the elderly and vulnerable are at risk despite most councils planning to hike up bills to meet spiralling costs, town hall leaders have warned. A 2% increase on council tax bills to boost funding for social care is set to be imposed by nine out of…
Health Secretary Shona Robison has set out the blueprint for health and social care in Scotland over the next 10 to 15 years. Ms Robison, along with senior clinicians, has launched the National Clinical Strategy, which outlines plans to deliver a range of improvements and reforms to modernise the way…
Thousands of jobs that no-one wants to do, like looking after the vulnerable and elderly, could leave care work in crisis, a survey claims. Two-thirds of adults polled would shun a job as a care worker yet more than half agreed home care was essential in today's ageing society. The…
Too many people have to reach a crisis point before they get the health and social care they need, the British Red Cross said. It warned that failing to adequately fund social care and preventative services is a false economy, and called on the Government to look again at what…
Amanda Scott started caring for older people when she was 17 before qualifying as a nurse in 1984 and working in paediatrics, intensive care and a variety of care roles. Today, she is Managing Director of Sunrise Senior Living and here she gives us an insight in her rise through…
There has been a huge reduction in the number of social care workers caring for adults in England, official figures show. The number of adult social care staff employed by councils has shrunk by a quarter since 2011, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) said. New workforce statistics…
£27m is being made available to maintain support for more than 1,600 disabled people in Wales to live independently, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed. The Welsh Independent Living Grant (WILG) was set up by the Welsh Government in July 2015, following a decision by the UK…
Health experts and charities in Wales are urging people with chronic kidney disease and care workers to get protected against flu as soon as possible. People who suffer from chronic kidney disease are at a higher risk of becoming very ill with flu than the general population that’s why it’s…
Around 8,500 "bed-blocking" patients are stuck in NHS hospitals every day - costing the health service £900 million a year and driving up use of the private sector, a report shows. The review into how the NHS can save cash found bed-blocking - which occurs when patients are medically fit…
The First Minister has called on councils to "do the right thing" and accept the funding deal being offered by the Scottish Government. She made the plea as the February 9 deadline loomed for Scotland's 32 local authorities to sign up to the financial package. Councils are engaged in a…
Front line care workers are all too often "undervalued, unappreciated and overlooked," a new report has found. The document, called Voices From The Front Line, has been published today by Scottish Care, the representative body for independent social care services. The 32-page report highlights 40 case studies in which workers…
New analysis of Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) data by Which? Elderly Care has found that nearly a third (31%) of unpaid carers looking after an elderly relative (65+) struggled to find the information, advice and support. The findings have been published as Which? Elderly Care launches a…