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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…
Ministers are being urged to introduce a new "social care premium" for England, paid by individuals and employers, to meet the spiralling costs of looking after the country's ageing population. A cross-party group of MPs has warned the current system of adult social care is "unsustainable" without a major reform,…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has issued a warning to care workers over unofficial versions of some of their learning resource apps. The regualtor has reported that unauthorised websites have made what appear to be Android versions of some of their apps and are making these available for download.…
Most people who rely on social care workers to safeguard or support them will know the valuable contribution they make every day. The sector works in every part of Wales, providing care and support through a range of independent, voluntary and statutory partners, to help people live the lives that…
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…
A multi-billion pound increase in NHS funding will "go down the drain" unless action is taken on social care, a leading medic has warned. Labour peer Lord Turnberg, a former president of the Royal College of Physicians, stressed the need to prioritise this area. He was responding to the Government's…
Four out of five council workers have no confidence in the future of local services because of spending cuts, new research reveals. A study by Unison found that most local authority employees believe residents do not receive the help and support when they need it. A survey of 21,000 workers…
A review involving researchers from the University of Sheffield has outlined 20 recommendations to tackle the rising number of children entering the care system in England and Wales. Professor Kate Morris, Head of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Sociological Studies, along with PhD students Calum Webb, Permela Sehmar and…
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…
The stigma around discussing mental health is still very much present, and the majority (81%) of care professionals agree that not enough is being done to support mental health at work. In fact, a third (31%) have considered resigning from a job due to lack of support. That’s according to…
Adult social care spending is 9% lower than a decade ago, despite councils pumping extra cash into the system at the expense of other services, a new report has warned. Despite efforts to increase funding this attempt to prop up social care was unsustainable given the pressure on local authorities…
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…