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The adult social care sector contributes £3.4 billion to the Scottish economy, a new report into the economic impact of the sector has found. The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) published the report today, at the same time as the UK, England, Northern Ireland and Wales published similar reports. In…
More than 160,000 people are "trapped" in debt because they cannot afford to pay for their social care, according to a new study. Freedom of Information requests submitted by the GMB union to every local authority in Britain with responsibility for social care revealed that almost 1,200 people have been…
A war of words has broken out between a local authority and the Scottish Government over a ‘missing’ £1 million intended for social care. Angus Council, who have denied any wrongdoing, say the money was not ring-fenced – but concerns have been raised in the Scottish Parliament about how it…
Too many older people are living in misery as they are left waiting for months to receive care in their own home, a charity has warned. Older people and their families are paying the price of council cuts, with the provision of homecare services falling by three million hours since…
Detectives are investigating how a female carer died after suffering head injuries in the flat of a 95-year-old patient who is believed to suffer from dementia. The elderly man, who neighbours said was frail and uses a walking stick, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Two ambulance crews arrived…
The Welsh Government's Supporting People Programme could be at risk of letting down vulnerable and elderly people due to the confusing way it will work and uncertainty it creates for organisations charged with delivering it, according to a National Assembly committee. Worth around £125 million pounds a year the programme…
The health watchdog has made assumptions that the standard of health and social care may deteriorate this year, one official has said. In an interview with the Health Service Journal (HSJ), outgoing boss Sir David Behan said the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had adjusted its 2018/19 plans to anticipate more…
Social care can be a stressful job, and stress at work can lead to errors, misjudgements, low morale and sickness absence if it’s not managed properly. Building the resilience of your staff will help them to deal with stress and cope better under pressure - it’s a core skill that…
A report which looks at the way in which the integration of health and social care is impacting on the workforce in Wales has been published. Commissioned by public services trade union UNISON, and written by the Welsh Institute for Health and Social Care (WIHSC), which is based at the…
Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
Devon County Council is to give health and social care workers and job seekers wishing to enter the profession the chance to learn new maths, English, care and IT skills. Varied shift patterns and irregular hours can make it difficult for health & social care staff to attend regular training…
The former owner of a social care franchise has been sentenced at York Crown Court for defrauding his clients following an investigation by North Yorkshire County Council. The investigation found that James Poole, a former owner of the Bluebird Care franchise in Harrogate, financially abused his clients while in a…
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