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Women managers are effectively working for free for 57 days a year because of a gender pay gap, according to a new study. A survey of 72,000 managers found that women in equivalent full-time jobs earned 22% less than men. The difference means they are working for an hour and…
Healthcare regulators in the UK are largely ineffective and are costing around £600 million a year to run, according to a report from the Professional Standards Authority (PSA). There are nine organisations that regulate health professionals and social workers in the UK, ranging from those with "enormous registers" of nearly…
Health officials have pulled out of publishing recommendations on safe staffing after Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt gave the responsibility to the newly-formed NHS Improvement body. The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (Nice) was going to go ahead with publishing them anyway, but announced tonight it would not do…
NHS bosses are being paid thousands of pounds and taken on luxury trips by drugs companies lobbying for the health service to switch to their products, it has been claimed. An investigation was launched after the Daily Telegraph reported that senior staff who help decide which drugs are used by…
Achieving successful organisational change is a core responsibility for all adult social care managers. A new digital resource, launched this week, is designed to support managers working in social care to deal with change within their organisations. They will become more confident in selecting approaches and tools that will assist…
How a coaching approach inspires and motivates others was the topic of discussion at two recent events held by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). The events focussed on how having a coaching approach can be an effective way of supporting leadership at all levels in social services, highlighting the…
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has announced that Elaine Buckley has been appointed as the new Chair of the Council. A qualified physiotherapist, Elaine is currently the Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University where she provides academic leadership within the Faculty…
The Care and Support Alliance has this week elected a new Chair, the Chief Executive of Papworth Trust, Vicky McDermott. Vicky replaces Richard Hawkes of Scope who stepped down in May. Sue Brown, Head of Public Policy at Sense will remain the Vice-Chair. Vicky McDermott held the position of Head…
A new professional apprenticeship at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) level 10, which incorporates the revised SVQ4 Care Services Leadership and Management, has been developed by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). As part of Skills for Care and Development, the SSSC manages the modern apprenticeship frameworks for social…
A new report from The King’s Fund argues that the fragmentation of commissioning is a major obstacle to integrating health and social care and improving outcomes for people. Options for integrated commissioning: Beyond Barker follows on from the final report of the independent Commission on the Future of Health and…
Aberdeen City Council has launched a £3million overhaul of social work services that will cut down on red tape and allow staff to spend more time with families. The local authority is the first in Scotland to fully implement the Reclaiming Social Work model, which is aimed at reducing the…
The National Care Forum (NCF) together with The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) have launched a volunteer management toolkit this week. The toolkit complements existing resources by addressing key questions raised by frontline service managers: Where and how can we find volunteers with the right skills and values? What support…
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