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A £3m package of Welsh Government funding and support will help local authorities implement major reforms to Wales’ social care system when a landmark law comes into force in April, Health and Social Services Minister Professor Mark Drakeford announced today. The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 will change…
Skills for Care has announced the finalists for their Accolades Awards celebrating the achievements of organisations committed to boosting the skills and knowledge of the growing adult social care workforce. Now in its 13th year, the Accolades finalists shortlist is an eclectic mix of employers, training providers, local authorities and…
Almost 12,500 elderly people who are blind or partially sighted are the latest "casualties" of a crisis in social care, two charities have warned. Age UK and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) said thousands more people with sight problems are missing out on vital support compared to…
Health Minister Simon Hamilton has welcomed Professor Rafael Bengoa to Northern Ireland as the expert panel chair to lead the debate on the future configuration of Health and Social Care. Mr Bengoa, a former Basque country Minister will lead the expert panel of 6 which will draw on the experience…
New proposals to improve the quality of social care by restricting the use of zero-hour contracts and ensuring employers pay domiciliary care workers the national minimum wage have been unveiled by the Welsh Government. There are estimated to be approximately 19,500 domiciliary care workers in Wales, delivering around 260,000 hours…
The UK should have a "properly resourced" social care plan in place by 2018 to help ease the burden on the NHS, the head of the health service has said. Simon Stevens (pictured) said there was a need to consider a range of options, including the value of pensions and…
A total of 276 sick and disabled Scots died last year while waiting for care packages to start, new figures have revealed. Motor Neurone Disease patient and campaigner Gordon Aikman obtained the data, which he said exposed a "cruel crisis in care caused by cuts to our councils". Mr Aikman…
A letter warning of the serious threat to care and support from an underfunded National Living Wage has been sent to the First Minister and Health Minister in the Welsh Government. The letter, written on behalf of providers and commissioners to underline concerns around the future viability of social care…
Leading charities have called on David Cameron to take "bold" action to tackle the growing pressures on health and social care, warning that vulnerable elderly and disabled people will "bear the brunt" if he fails. A letter backed by nearly 40 organisations, including older people's charity Independent Age, Macmillan Cancer…
England must decide how much it spends on NHS and social care services to prevent "a state of crisis", a former health minister has insisted. Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb warned some experts believe there will be a £30 billion "gap" in NHS funding by 2020 despite the Government already committing…
Social care is "in crisis now", yet the Government proposes "risky, uncertain and late funding", Labour has claimed. Shadow minister for older people, social care and carers Barbara Keeley told MPs almost 50% of the current "record" level of hospital delays and discharges were due to waits for a care…
The demand for older and more experienced social workers is on the rise. That’s the finding of our Social Care Index (SCI) which analyses trends based on over 30,000 temporary social care appointments. And although it’s reassuring to know that the majority of positions are being filled by the most…