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More than a third of social care services across Scotland have reported unfilled staff vacancies in the past year, according to the Care Inspectorate, and almost half of those faced difficulty recruiting the right staff. Currently over 80% of care services in Scotland are judged to be good, very good…
This report contains findings from the Adult Social Care Survey 2016-17 (ASCS). This national survey takes place every year and is conducted by Councils with Adult Social Services Responsibilities (CASSRs). The survey seeks the opinions of service users aged 18 and over in receipt of long-term support services funded or…
Social Care Wales has today published a toolkit to support the sector to help older people remain independent in their communities for longer. The toolkit is aimed at practitioners who work with older people in the community, as well as planners and commissioners of care and support services for older…
A good work-life balance is important and it’s something we often talk about. In today’s ‘always on’ culture it can feel like the lines between work and personal life are often blurred, with smartphones and other technologies allowing us to be switched on 24/7. With the UK’s workforce becoming increasingly…
The ongoing crisis in the UK's care system is leading to vulnerable and disabled people going without proper meals and not being washed because home care workers are too rushed to do their job properly, a new study reveals. Most care workers have just 15 minutes to help people eat,…
The adult social care sector workforce has increased to 1.58 million and contributed an estimated £41.8 billion to the English economy reveals ‘The State of the adult social care sector and workforce’ report published today by Skills for Care. Skills for Care produced this estimate of the contribution made, in…
Learning disability charity The Royal Mencap Society (Mencap) has again called for the Government to honour its obligation to fund statutory care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. A change in guidance on pay for carers who provide so-called "sleep-in" care could leave some families liable…
A new large-scale clinical trial is testing the effectiveness of NHS home assessment strategies in preventing elderly people from falling unnecessarily Falling in elderly people is a common problem, with almost 50% of those over the age of 80 experiencing a fall each year. People fall for a variety of…
If you only entrust your boiler to be serviced by a regulated qualified gas engineer, would you prefer to leave the intimate care of your father, daughter or partner to a well-qualified regulated carer? Social Care Wales is currently consulting on our plans to regulate domiciliary care workers in Wales.…
A project aimed at tackling malnutrition among older people in Scotland has received a £1.2 million funding boost. The Food Train charity's Eat Well, Age Well scheme plans to create a network to test ways of helping older people eat well and avoid malnutrition which affects one in 10 of…
Nine in 10 Members of Parliament do not believe the social care system is fit for purpose, a new poll suggests. A survey of 101 English MPs found that only 10% believe the current social care system is suitable for the UK's ageing population. The research, carried out by older…
The cost of free personal and nursing care for elderly Scots reached a record high of almost £500 million in 2015-16, a new report has revealed. Councils spent £371 million on personal care for those who receive help to allow them to continue living at home while a further £127…
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