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The regulator for the social care workforce in Northern Ireland, the NISCC, has assured those living in residential care and their families that safeguards are in place to help protect people from poor standards in social care. The news comes following the broadcast of a recent BBC Panorama programme on…
Eight care workers at an Essex care home have been suspended after secret cameras filmed alleged poor care of residents. Anglia Retirement Homes said it had launched an independent inquiry into the allegations after the BBC says it filmed staff mocking residents and ignoring their calls for help. One care…
Two trade unions have called for an independent investigation into the closure of a Ceredigion residential home which has left 40 staff facing redundancy. The council-run Awel Deg home in Llandysul was closed in February following the suspension of 11 members of staff and concerns about standards of care. The…
A new specialist adult safeguarding nursing service to investigate and support care homes in Devon has been hailed a success for immediate and long term patient safety. The service was trialled in North, East and Mid Devon from October 2013 to March 2014 with dedicated safeguarding nurses to investigate safeguarding…
Four residential care homes that were under threat of closure have been given a lifeline by Health Minister Edwin Poots. The homes are Thackeray Place in Limavady, Westlands in Cookstown, Pinewood in Ballymena and Rosedale in Antrim. Speaking on a tour of the care homes, Mr Poots said: "It wasn't…
Leaders from health and social care pledged to improve quality of life in care homes at a summit opened yesterday by The Princess Royal, Patron of the College of Occupational Therapists at the Skills for Care London offices. Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of adult social care, Paul Burstow MP, care…
A new initiative aimed at improving the quality of older people's care homes has been launched in Northamptonshire. Called My Home Life, the scheme offers training and support to managers to improve the quality of care offered within their care homes, with a particular emphasis on ensuring older people with…
An Aberdeen care home has been told it must improve the care it provides to residents, following an unannounced inspection by Scotland’s social care watchdog. Inspectors from the Care Inspectorate raised continuing concerns about the quality of care provided at Grandholm Care Home in Bridge of Don. The service has…
A THOUSAND care homes in Scotland are being asked to join a campaign to support physical activity for older residents. Scotlands' social care watchdog, the Care Inspectorate, has today launched a new multi-media resource pack to help care home residents keep active. The watchdog says research shows that taking part…
The UK’s biggest care home provider has been ordered to pay £170,000 in fines and costs after a vulnerable resident choked to death on fish and chips during an entertainment evening at its Chorley premises. Four Seasons Health Care (England) Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)…
A care worker who raped three vulnerable women at the home he worked in has been jailed for 14 years. Colin Stokes, 48, attacked the women - aged 32, 50 and 54 - between January 2012 and April 2013 in supported living accommodation in Gloucestershire. Appearing at Gloucester Crown Court,…
Disabled people have the same human right to "physical liberty" as the rest of the human race, one of the UK's most senior judges said today. Lady Hale, deputy president of the Supreme Court, said disability did not entitle the state to deny disabled people their human rights but placed…