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Following the recent pay award for nurses in the NHS, Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, has called for nurses working in independent care homes to be given the same priority by the Government. As NHS providers will have the cost of the…
Northern Ireland's Permanent Secretary at the Department of Health, Richard Pengelly, has said public concern over the quality of care home provision must be addressed. Mr Pengelly was speaking after convening a summit attended by senior officials from the Department, HSC trusts and the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA)…
An adult care home manager from Swansea has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a fitness to practise panel found he put individuals in his care in unwarranted risk of harm. The Social Care Wales hearing was told that Ashley Bowen, who managed the now-closed St…
Significant investment is needed to improve the quality of care for dementia patients despite new recommendations, a charity has said. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) published an updated guideline on dementia, but the Alzheimer's Society said it is "just a starting point". It is the first…
Care workers are launching a series of strikes in protest at plans to cut their pay or change shifts. Around 120 members of Unison employed by Sirona at care homes in Bath and other areas of north-east Somerset will walk out for two hours on Wednesday and every other day…
The NHS could benefit from a "radical simplification" of streamlining and making social care free at the point of need, former Labour and Tory health ministers have suggested. Lord Ara Darzi and Lord David Prior, now Labour and Conservative peers respectively, have proposed a number of radical reforms that would…
Bupa Care Homes has been fined £3 million over the death of an 86-year-old in Essex. Kenneth Ibbetson died after contracting Legionnaires' disease while living at the Hutton Village Nursing Home in Brentwood in March 2015, the Health and Safety Executive said. Bupa Care Homes admitted breaching the Health and…
Dementia sufferers at a Northern Ireland care home suffered a "horrific catalogue of inhuman and degrading treatment", an investigation has found. Launching a scathing report into standards at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland (COPNI) Eddie Lynch identified "significant failures" in the safeguarding and…
The NHS has unveiled plans to cut unnecessarily long hospital stays, freeing up thousands of beds ahead of next winter. Around 350,000 patients spend more than three weeks in hospital every year but many are well enough to be discharged, NHS England said. Health bosses will aim to reduce this…
Researchers at Middlesex University (MDX) need healthy adults to participate in crucial research aiming to develop a novel test, which will be used in a study investigating whether music therapy sessions have beneficial effects in adults who are experiencing cognitive decline and are living in care homes. The research is…
Adult social care is increasingly fragile and requires more short-term Government funding to tide it over until reform measures are introduced, a report warns. Despite a £2.3 billion boost this year the sector remains at risk from market failures, reduced investment in prevention and the continuing knock-on from the NHS…
Privately run care homes which fail to provide an acceptable level of care will be held to account, Northern Ireland’s Chief Social Worker has made clear. Sean Holland was commenting after two independent assessments confirmed important improvements had been implemented at Dunmurry Manor since significant concerns were raised. Both reports…
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