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Adults with learning disabilities in Omagh are being supported to live full lives in a new housing scheme officially opened by the Northern Ireland's Social Development Minister, Mervyn Storey. The Omagh Supported Living Service, formerly known as Ashley House, provides high quality accommodation and support services to 16 tenants with…
The rise in short home visits to elderly people by care workers is a damning indictment of the underfunded social care and health system, the chairman of the Local Government Association has said. David Sparks (pictured) was speaking in reference to new draft guidelines from the National Institute for Health…
NI Junior Ministers Jennifer McCann and Jonathan Bell today announced proposals on the way forward for new age discrimination legislation on the provision of goods, facilities and services. The Programme for Government contains a commitment to extend legislation to give legal protection from unfair age discrimination by those providing goods,…
New workforce statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) have been described as ‘deeply worrying’ by charity Independent Age. The report shows that two thirds of councils in England reduced the number of posts in their adult social service departments between 2013 and 2014. In September…
Glasgow City Council has launched an internal investigation into the conduct of a senior member of its social work department. Raymond Bell, Head of Mental Health and Adult Support & Protection, has been suspended while complaints against him are looked into. The council declined to reveal why Mr Bell had…
A new campaign which encourages Scots to act if they think an adult is being harmed, neglected or exploited launched today. The Scottish Government’s ‘Seen something? Say something’ campaign aims to raise awareness of the issues of adult harm and adults who are at risk of being harmed. The campaign…
Care Forum Wales (CFW) is hosting a series of 'Essential Update Seminars' for registered providers, registered managers and senior staff who are responsible for providing social care in Wales. These twice-yearly seminars provide delegates with an informative, focused and interactive day. The sessions are aimed at ensuring attendees are equipped…
A new information and signposting service that covers a wide range of information needs for adults with autism was launched by Northern Ireland Health Minister Jim Wells. The Belfast Adult Autism Advice Service (The BAAAS) ‘First Stop Shop’ will address needs including education, training and employment, social benefits, housing and…
Findings have been published from a study of the recruitment and retention of adult care home managers in Wales. The study, commissioned jointly by the Care Council for Wales (CCW) and the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), sought to improve understanding of factors influencing the recruitment and retention…
The Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), Andrea Sutcliffe, is today congratulating England’s first three adult social care services which have achieved the highest possible rating in providing safe, high-quality and compassionate care. Published in reports today, CQC has named Prince of Wales House…
Two new apprenticeship standards for adult social care in England have been announced by Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities. It is the culmination of months of hard work by the Adult Care Apprenticeship Trailblazer of employers, headed by Helen Wilcox, Managing Director of Woodford Homecare…
A 20% surge in complaints about care services was a notable statistic as the Care Inspectorate published its annual report yesterday. The report shows that the number of people who contacted the Care Inspectorate with a concern about care services increased in the past year to 3,788 compared to 3,237…