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The Care Council for Wales (CCW) has published its sixth annual profile of residential child care managers and workers. The profile provides data for planners, decision makers and the Welsh Government. It will also be of interest to service providers and managers to compare their service with the national benchmarks.…
Alan Baird, Chief Social Work Adviser to the Scottish Government, shares his sector news and views in his brand new blog, Talking Social Services. Since my last blog, the new First Minister has announced a number of important ministerial changes including new Cabinet Secretaries in Education and Lifelong Learning, Health,…
Over 70,000 people are now registered to work in social services in Scotland. This was one of the main highlights as the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) released its annual report and accounts for 2013/14 this week. The 2013-2014 report also shows a 16% increase in the number of new…
Workers on zero-hours contracts earn nearly £300 a week less than permanent employees, according to a new report. A study by the TUC showed that average weekly earnings for zero-hours workers are £188, compared to £479 for people on permanent contracts. The union organisation said its research also revealed that…
Healthcare academics at Birmingham City University have developed a new approach to moving and handling training which has seen a 92% reduction in student injuries whilst on placement in a variety of healthcare settings. The posture awareness programme was introduced in 2009 and last year saw 7120 students go through…
Previous caring experience does not make students better nurses, a new study suggests. Researchers said nursing students with care experience are less likely to perform better academically and clinically than those who have none. The study found that of the number of trainees who had withdrawn from their course, nearly…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) are updating the methods they use to advise registrants when their annual registration fees are due and when to renew their NISCC registration. They NISCC have introduced email and text-messaging for registrant correspondence and by April 2015 aim to send all registrant correspondence…
It is said that there are serious challenges in recruiting and retaining staff in Scotland’s social services, particularly affecting the independent sector. This is specifically in care homes, care at home, housing support and day care services for adults. This survey run by Scottish Care is intended to help understand…
The latest Comensura Social Care Index – a report analysing the usage of temporary social care workers in local authorities – has revealed that during the period from July to September 2014, versus the same period in 2013, usage of temporary social care workers in local authorities increased by 6.8%.…
Health Minister Jim Wells has applauded the often unseen commitment, hard work and dedication of social workers. He addressed over 150 social workers from the profession at the annual Social Work Conference in Lisburn Civic Centre which aims to promote the important role that social workers play in an integrated…
A new survey on preventing and managing violence and abuse towards the social care workforce has found a quarter of frontline staff have suffered a physical assault. The figure was revealed in a new Skills for Care report 'Supporting social care employers to prevent and manage abuse towards staff' which…
The Government has been accused of "deliberate misrepresentation" over health workers' pay amid a fresh attack on the coalition's controversial decision not to accept a recommended 1% wage rise. The leader of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) said the dispute, which has sparked a series of strikes by NHS…