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Families are paying too much for social care "all too often" because they are not getting the correct information, according to a report. The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) says many families across England are paying more than they need to because they have not been given comprehensive information about the…
Amid growing concern that most NHS providers are sliding into deficit, arguably we should be even more worried about social care providers. This is a complex and sprawling sector – more than 12,000 independent organisations, ranging from big corporate chains to small family-run businesses, charities and social enterprises, which makes…
The social care system will "crash" without an immediate injection of cash, former health minister Norman Lamb has warned. Mr Lamb said soaring care costs combined with NHS trusts facing budget deficits which are "deteriorating rapidly" would have direct impacts on patients. Speaking at his party's conference in Bournemouth, Mr…
The Care and Support Alliance has joined forces with the Association of Directors of Adult Services (ADASS), the Care Provider Alliance (CPA) and the NHS Confederation to call on the Government to invest in social care. In a joint submission to the Treasury ahead of the Government’s spending review, the…
This Department of Health consultation seeks views on the responsibilities of the statutory National Data Guardian for health and social care. The responses will form a major part of the development for more detailed proposals to establish the National Data Guardian for health and social care on a statutory footing.…
Staff working in health, social care, the independent and third sectors can now access a valuable educational resource that helps them learn about the role of strategic commissioning and its importance in the context of health and social care integration in Scotland. Developed by the Joint Improvement Team (JIT) in…
The amount spent on adult social care in England has fallen in real terms, according to a report. The study from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) found a fall in spending by councils, from £17.2 billion in 2013/14 to £17.1 billion in 2014/15. This represents a 3%…
The Care Council for Wales is working in partnership with the South East Wales SCIP to pilot an exciting new programme for aspiring managers that aims to provide social care workers with the knowledge and understanding needed to make the transition into a management role. The programme, which will begin …
If you are interested in finding out more about a career in social care, or are a teacher or careers advisor wanting to expand your knowledge, Skills for Care are encouraging you to visit their stand at the The Regional Skills Events taking place across the England. The Regional Skills…
Age UK has called on government to invest £1 in social care for every £27 it spends annually on the NHS. A new analysis by Age UK reveals that an investment of an additional sum equivalent to less than 4% of the annual NHS budget of £112bn per annum would…
Underlying sustainability of the social care market for older people remains the key issue facing the sector, and is the cornerstone of the analysis conducted in a new study from LaingBuisson. The social care funding crisis has for a long time been widely debated. However, through ground-breaking profitability analysis and…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) is holding a number of information roadshows during October to provide registrants and employers with information about the new Standards of Conduct and Practice. The new Standards of Conduct and Practice will be launched on 30 September 2015 and will become effective from…

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