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Northern Ireland Health Minister Simon Hamilton has announced that he will consult publicly on proposals for a new revenue grant scheme, which will be open to voluntary and community organisations operating in the health and social care sector. The Minister said: "It is important at this time of financial pressure…
Care England, the largest representative body for independent social care providers, has published a new report on the state of social care warning of a collapse in the system if providers and commissioners do not work together and more nurses are not recruited into the independent sector. It states that…
The University of Birmingham have published the findings from a two-year evaluation of micro-enterprises in social care, based in their School of Social Policy. Micro-providers of care and support, employing 5 members of staff or fewer, have been proliferating within social care. The research compared micro-providers with small, medium and…
Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, Shona Robison MSP used her address to the NHS Scotland Conference in Glasgow to launch a national conversation on the future of health and social care in Scotland. The launch of the national conversation follows the Scottish Government’s announcement in January of its…
New immigration rules that mean migrants must be earning £35,000 or more to stay in the UK after six years will cost millions of pounds to the NHS and compromise patient safety, a nurses' union has warned. The new measures, which apply to people from outside the European Economic Area…
Northern Ireland Health Minister Simon Hamilton has announced his intention to introduce compulsory registration for social care workers in domiciliary care and day care settings. Speaking at the Health and Social Care Board Adult Safeguarding event to mark World Elder Abuse Day, the Minister said that his Department is committed…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are carrying out a review of the Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers during 2015/16. Since the Codes were published in 2003, there have been significant developments in the way that care and support is provided and delivered, particularly in relation…
The Local Government and Regeneration Committee of the Scottish Parliament recently (June 10) held an oral evidence session relating to Health and Social Care Integration complaints handling. Concerns had been raised about the complex processes already in place relating to making a complaint regarding either a NHS or Local Authority…
The Government is being urged to tackle a "crisis" in the care system after warnings from workers that the crucial sector is "collapsing". A dossier drawn up by Unison revealed illegally low pay rates, widespread use of zero-hours contracts, poor training standards and "damaging consequences" of privatisation. Homecare workers also…
The Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland (the ALLIANCE) and NHS Health Scotland have joined forces to launch a series of short films highlighting the power of human rights to improve people’s health and the care and support they access. Produced as part of Scotland’s…
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…
Councils could find themselves forced to cut services due to a potential shortfall in funding for major changes to the social care system, a spending watchdog has warned. The National Audit Office (NAO) praised the way the Government had introduced the changes in the Care Act but warned the Department…

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