• House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS to be debated tomorrow

    The House of Lords Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS will tomorrow hold evidence sessions on public attitudes to funding the NHS and innovative funding models for delivering health care. You can watch the session live on the internet at www.parliamentlive.tv
    The evidence sessions will start at 11:00am on Tuesday 25 October in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords. Gi
  • Care Quality Commission consultation on fees asks for care operator views

    The CQC describe these proposals in more detail in their consultation document. You can tell them what you think using their online form, details below. You can also send your comments by email or post.
    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is publishing its consultation on the fees that it proposes to charge providers in 2017/18. The proposals follow the plans CQC set out last year to continue to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover its ‘chargeable costs’ in full from provid
  • Activities provide mental stimulation, a sense of purpose and develop social skills

    Kay Morgan
    It may only be October but Kay Morgan who lives at a care service in Plymouth is already thinking what she can do help people who are living on the streets this Christmas. 
    The 49-year-old, who lives at Victoria and Grenville service run by care provider Regard in Mutley, is collecting for the South West’s Homeless Shoebox Appeal for the South West.
    Kay, her fellow housemates and the staff team who support them will be collecting items including toiletries, hats and
  • Huyton care home residents unleash their inner artist

    Budding artists at Aaron Grange care home in Huyton with Roby have been putting their skills to use during a weekly art club.
    Set up by activities coordinators Alison Fischer and Sandra Forshaw, the art club has proved to be very popular with residents, with many using the opportunity to relax and let their creative juices flow. 
    From producing light water-colours to bold abstract pieces, all residents have been given the opportunity to get involved in the programme, with many hidden
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  • Super 7 CQC Outstanding Ratings for Home Instead Senior Care

    Home Instead Senior Care is thrilled to announce it is the only homecare provider to hold 7 outstanding ratings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
    The super 7 ratings pay testimony to the national elderly homecare provider’s mission – to change the face of ageing and to its ethos of delivering dignified, relationship-led care.
    The ratings also recognise Home Instead Senior Care’s commitment to providing care that passes ‘the Mum Test’ – the standard of ca
  • Blackhall Colliery care home residents celebrate National Curry Week

    Residents and guests of Field View care home, Blackhall Colliery, enjoyed a taste of Asia as the home hosted its own pop up restaurant in honour National Curry Week.
    A selection of curries and sundries from different regions of India and Thailand were available for restaurant guests to sample, with Chicken Korma being voted as the overall favourite.It was a chance for residents to try some new cuisine while also celebrating one of the nation’s most popular dishes.
    Janice Hardy, Activities
  • Valuing staff and providing security: social enterprises in social care

    A tenth of social firms are in the social care sector. What are the benefits for staff and service users?From a startup tackling isolation among the rural elderly population in Devon, to a veteran organisation working in a number of northern towns and cities, social enterprises are playing a part in meeting the growing need for social care services across the country.
    In a recent survey, 10% of social enterprises (pdf) listed social care as their principal activity. But why are they involved, an
  • Buckinghamshire home care provider acquired by Audley Retirement

    Audley Retirement announces the completion of the acquisition of Red Kite Home Care, a Buckinghamshire based care provider, for an undisclosed sum.
    This acquisition will see all 22 Personal Care Assistants currently employed by Red Kite Home Care transfer across to Audley Care, with the business’ footprint ideally located to serve customers at Audley Chalfont Dene as well as the future Audley village at Englefield Green.
    Red Kite Homecare was established in May 2011 by two ho
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  • Mayor offers support for care home coffee afternoon

    The Mayor of Gedling enjoys a cuppa with Coppice Lodge resident, Mrs June Surgey
    Residents at Coppice Lodge welcomed the Mayor of Gedling earlier this month as they hosted a coffee afternoon in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  There was an array of cakes available with all proceeds being donated to the worthy cause. 
    Coppice Lodge residential and dementia care home in Arnold took the opportunity to host the event in their brand new coffee shop.  With freshly brewed coff
  • CV and cover letter examples for social workers

    If you’re struggling to write a CV or cover letter for social work, here are some examples and templates to help you stand out
    More CV and cover letter templates
    If you’re applying for a role in social work, you need to make a good first impression. Being a social worker is hard work, but also extremely worthwhile. So, what can you do to make sure your application is a certainty for the short list?If you need some inspiration on what to include in your CV and cover letter, check out
  • Letters: Britain needs a cross-party commission on social care

    Only a thorough national conversation can avert a crisis that will effect millionsYour view on social care (Editorial) rightly highlights a vital public service on its knees following years of funding cuts. This neglect of our social-care system is having a dire effect on the lives of thousands, if not millions, of disabled and older people who deserve decent, dignified and compassionate support to live fulfilling and independent lives.We know that funding cuts mean at least 400,000 fewer people
  • 100-year-old nursing home resident enjoys a Royal surprise or two!

    A 100-year-old nursing home resident has ensured her centenary year will go down in history!
    Not only did Betty Richardson receive a telegram from the Queen – she also entertained a personal visit from her cousin, His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester!
    The royal dropped in at Sheffield’s Broomgrove Care Home where he met staff and residents and enjoyed a performance by the Lost Chord – the South Yorkshire-based charity that specialise in providing interactive music sessions
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  • 'We have to deliver justice': the man who fought for the survivors of Shirley Oaks

    Of all the scandals covered by the child abuse inquiry, the story of Shirley Oaks care home is among the most shocking. Now one former resident is helping others to tell their stories Related: Children in Lambeth council's care 'abused on industrial scale' The people who live there now call it Shirley Oaks Village; it’s an unusually large estate, with lots of new homes, woodland and flat, open fields. Related: Hundreds of alleged abuse victims threaten to boycott Jay inquiryContinue readin
  • Shropshire’s newest and largest care home opens its doors to the public

    L-R Deputy manager Michelle Humphries and Manager Tracie Peate prepare to welcome guests to the Montgomery House open days
    A series of open days will be held next week to showcase Shropshire’s newest and largest care home. The first residents are due to move in to Coverage Care’s new home – Montgomery House in Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury – in early November.
    Existing Coverage Care residents will be the first to check out the new facilities at the £8 million purpose bu
  • Glasgow care home aims to raise dementia awareness

    A Glasgow care home has given invaluable training to parishioners and Sisters of a local church to help raise further awareness of dementia.Bupa’s Craigbank Care Home, on Saracen Street, ran a training session at its dementia cafe which was attended by the Sisters of the Church of St. Teresa of Lisieux, the local community and relatives of the home’s residents.
    The ‘Promoting Excellence in Dementia Care’ training programme was run by Manager Pauline Hunter. It provides an
  • New manager appointed at Nottingham independent hospital

    Danshell Healthcare Group has appointed Carole Guy as Manager of Cedar Vale independent hospital in Nottingham.
    A qualified nurse with over 15 years’ experience, Carole has worked in both operational and service development roles. She joins Danshell from another healthcare provider where one of her key responsibilities was to assess new admissions and plan care pathways for service users living with autism, learning disabilities and mental health conditions into less restrictive environmen
  • Rochdale council: we don't want a wide-scale return to residential care

    Response: we want to offer a wider range of choice in accommodation and support for people with learning disabilities – and rights are fundamental to thisRob Greig’s recent article for the Social Care Networkfails to understand Rochdale borough council’s plans to develop a wider range of care and support options; and fails to acknowledge some of the real issues facing providers and people who live in our group homes. The article made a number of assumptions, almost all of which
  • Tonbridge care home residents enjoy autumnal Knole Park

    Residents of Barnes Lodge Care Home in Tonbridge embraced the sunny autumnal weather and took a trip to the beautiful Knole Park in Sevenoaks.
    Residents of the brand new Tudeley Lane care home were treated to a morning at the picturesque park, thanks to the Tonbridge Lion’s Club, who provided transport for the day and a very friendly volunteer called Bob, who was happy to show the group the notable sights of the park and point out the key features.
    The residents enjoyed sitti
  • Planning permission granted for 66 bed care home in Northampton

    LNT Care Developments has received planning permission to build a 66 bed care home on a site on Duston, Northampton.
    Northampton Borough Council Planning Committee approved the planning application on 18th October 2016 for the care home, which will be owned and operated by Oakdale Care Group.  The facility will provide a care home for those aged over 65 years.
    Construction will began on site in November, with a predicted completion date for September 2017. This site represents an excellent
  • Residents and guests celebrate Harvest Festival

    Residents and guests of Meridian Healthcare’s care homes hosted a special afternoon of activities as they opened their doors to celebrate the Harvest Festival.
    The homes hosted a range of exciting autumnal activities including harvest displays, bake sales, live entertainment, church services and even a visit from the local donkey sanctuary.
    Local schools also got involved with the children working with residents to create scarecrows, decorate cakes and hold a royal cup design competition.
  • New report reveals difficulty in negotiating the ‘maze’ to the right residential care

    From right to left, and to and fro,Caught in a labyrinth you go,And turn, and turn, and turn again,To solve the mystery, but in vain
    William Cowper
    While the 18th Century poet William Cowper was not ruminating on the difficulties of finding residential care for a relative when he penned his poem ‘The Maze’, the sentiment expressed is nevertheless applicable to those that are, according to the latest report from Healthwatch Essex.
    In a unique
  • This undue rush could be fatal for NHS plans | Letters

    Moves to create 44 sustainability and transformation plans to deliver NHS services across England could mean better coordination of health and care for patients. But the pace at which they are being pushed through risks undoing much of the good the plans could bring.As unions and professional bodies representing the majority of the NHS’s million-strong workforce in England, we know only too well the pressures of trying to provide decent care with dwindling resources. While staff would much
  • Treatment approach used in cancer holds promise for Alzheimer's disease

    New Alzheimer's treatment could be delivered as nasal spray, say scientists. Researchers have developed a novel treatment that could block the development of Alzheimer's disease using microscopic droplets of fat to carry drugs into the brain. This treatment approach, which is used to target drugs to cancer cells, has been successfully applied to Alzheimer's disease for the first time, restoring memory loss in mice.
  • Lytham St Annes special carer takes the biscuit!

    A Lytham St Annes care home celebrates the unique skills of its special carer.
    Lakeview Rest Homes is a family business that has been operating in Lytham St Annes for the last 29 years, and there is one member of the family who performs a very special role in the care and support for residents – Button.
    Button, who lives with Pete Wood, a Director at Lakeview, is a 3 year old Spaniel who is often called upon to join him at work. She is not afraid of working any hours, including Bank Holida
  • Admiral Nurse appointment boosts dementia care credentials for South coast care home provider

    Admiral Nurse Kay Gibson
    South Coast care home provider Colten Care has appointed its first Admiral Nurse to offer specialist support for individuals and families affected by dementia.
    Created in partnership with the charity Dementia UK, the role is aimed at helping residents’ families and those in the wider communities served by Colten Care’s 20 homes. The company said post holder Kay Gibson has been appointed “due to her extensive knowledge and qualifications in d
  • Care home residents enjoy cruise to Belgium

    Six residents from Jewish Care’s Rela Goldhill at Otto Schiff together with three residents from Jewish Care’s Otto Schiff home recently enjoyed a cruise to see the sights of Brussels.
    The holiday was funded by money raised at Jewish Care’s Pro Am Golf Day 2015 as well as by donations from The Shoresh Charitable Trust, The Childwick Trust along with generous donations from individuals and families in the community and residents’ own families.
    Leonard Rose wh
  • Residents don their Sunday best as Woolston home bids to combat loneliness

    Reminiscence and sausage-rolls were on the menu last week at South Haven Lodge care home in Woolston. As part of New Century Care’s commitment to make sure all residents are spending valuable time with their friends and family, staff members organised a very special tea party and reminiscence session for all to enjoy.
    Guests at the event were treated to a wide selection of tasty treats, including home-made cakes and cupcakes, arranged on vintage china cake stands.
    The home wa
  • Newnton Close residents join Caribbean Nurses to celebrate Black History Month

    Residents from Newnton Close, a Hanover Housing Association estate in Hackney, were treated to a cultural event with a difference when they played host to the Retired Caribbean Nurses and NHS travelling exhibition as part of Black History Month.
    The exhibition celebrates the achievements and contributions of retired Caribbean nurses, chronicling their experiences from when they were recruited to the UK between 1949 and 1970. They played a major role in helping the then fledgling NHS to be
  • Retirement housing development has raised £1000 for charity

    Red carpet glamour has made an appearance at a Kirkintilloch retirement housing development as tenants and staff celebrated the people who have made an outstanding contribution to the development.
    The black-tie event took place at the development where HND Photograhy students from New College Lanarkshire were out in force to capture the images of the award winners.
    Awards were presented by Provost Una Walker for a number of categories, from the ‘Unsung Heroes’ award, which recognises
  • Are care homes delivering a good deal to residents? Age UK report looks at the care crisis

    New report from AGE UK highlights the challenge of getting a ‘fair deal’ faced by older people who pay way their own way in care homes Just under a half (41 per cent) of all residents in UK independent care homes are now paying for their own care. This is an increase of almost a third (28.5 per cent) in the last ten years (from 130,000 in 2005 to 167,000 in 2014[i])[i].
    The new report from Age UK ‘Behind the headlines: ‘Stuck in the middle – self funders in ca
  • Care home residents paying for council shortfall, says Age UK

    Self-funders are unfairly asked to subsidise lower rates paid by councils for older people who cannot pay, says charity Growing numbers of older people face increasingly high care home fees to subsidise the lower fees paid by councils for those who cannot afford to pay, a leading charity has warned.Last year about 167,000 care home residents across the UK were meeting the cost of their own care, up by 29% on the 130,000 who did so in 2005. Now, 41% of all those receiving residential care are sel
  • Neighborhoods important factor in risk of stroke for all races

    Those living in more advantaged neighborhoods are less likely to have a stroke than are their counterparts who live in less advantaged neighborhoods, according to a new study.
  • Ministers' claims about troubled families scheme 'grandiose', MPs told

    Public accounts committee members accuse ministers of ‘overselling and under-delivering’ the controversial programmeMinisters made “grandiose” and exaggerated claims in favour of the £1.2bn troubled families programme despite a lack of statistical evidence showing the policy had achieved a significant impact, MPs have heard.Members of the Commons public accounts committee accused ministers of “overselling and under-delivering” the controversial programme
  • The Guardian view on troubled families: tackle troubled society | Editorial

    The government’s troubled families programme is part of the strategy of blaming individuals for failures that are not their faultIn the aftermath of the UK riots in the summer of 2011, which resulted in a total of 1,800 years of prison sentences being handed down, the still-new prime minister David Cameron reannounced his troubled families programme. The policy, first unveiled a year earlier, identified 120,000 families with multiple deprivations such as unemployment, long-term illness or
  • New hope for recovery of hand movement for stroke patients

    Stroke patients are starting a trial of a new electronic device to recover movement and control of their hand. The experts believe this could revolutionize treatment for patients, providing a wearable solution to the effects of stroke.
  • Serious case review launched over teenaged Spalding killers

    Review to examine if signs of deviant behaviour were missed in boy and girl, now 15, who killed Elizabeth and Katie EdwardsTwo teenage killers’ interactions with social workers, teachers and other mental health services will be examined in a serious case review as both face life sentences for the “cold, calculated and callous” murders of a mother and her 13-year-old daughter. Authorities will look into whether signs of deviant behaviour by the boy and girl, both 14 at the time
  • Wellington school students become Dementia Friends

    Public-spirited students at Wellington School have opted to become part of a national movement called Dementia Friends which aims to teach people what it is like to live with the condition and how they can support those living with dementia to feel a part of the wider community.
    Fourteen sixth-formers and Year 11 students attended an initial briefing session run by Jason Lejeune, training manager at Camelot Care whose head office is in Wellington, and then made a visit to the specialist l
  • Care UK shortlisted for national award

    An innovative and long-running scheme to improve communication between employees has seen Care UK’s care home division shortlisted for a prestigious national award.
    Next month, Care UK will go head-to-head with household names such as Heathrow Airport, Direct Line Group and Waitrose as finalists in the 2016 Engage Awards  – the only customer and employee engagement awards in the UK.
    Care UK’s shortlisted entry is for its sustained, ten-year programme to improve communicati
  • Green fingered residents and care home staff award for blooming marvellous gardens!

    Green fingered residents and care home staff have been awarded for their impressive garden makeovers.
    Creative care home Raleigh Court, based in Hull, and supported living housing Horrox Court, based in Keyingham, were awarded joint first out of dozens of entries in the annual Hica in Bloom garden makeover competition.
    The Hica in Bloom competition is used to support residents who are older people, those suffering from dementia and those with learning difficulties by involving them in active pro
  • We social workers are more than just cogs in the system

    Our code of ethics states we have an ‘obligation to challenge social conditions that contribute to social exclusion’. Here’s how we can do that In a single week the Care Quality Commission (CQC) State of Care report warned that the adult care system in England is reaching “tipping point”, while a National Audit Office (NAO) analysis detailed “systemic rather than just local failure” in child protection. Social workers may be wondering what’s going
  • New Autism Community Service opened by Newham Councillor

    On the 23rd September 2016 local Councillor Aleen Alarice officially opened a new community residential service for young people and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and complex needs in Newham. The service, Phoenix House, is managed by Independent Care Provider Precious Homes and has been designed to support individuals with ASD and complex needs and/or who are stepping down from secure settings; providing innovative and high quality support shaped around individual needs.
    In h
  • A bright future for domiciliary care provider Bright Care

    Significant client growth at Bright Care, the Scottish, family-owned domiciliary care provider, has prompted a move to new and bigger offices at Kirkhill House, Newton Mearns, on the south side of Glasgow.
    Previously based in Clarkston, Glasgow, Bright Care’s new 1,200 square foot Glasgow South office accommodates six office based staff who, in turn, oversee the work of over 50 carers active in communities across the southside of the city.
    The new premises, which comprise an
  • Winchester care home residents enjoy meeting some unusual visitors

    Rory the rabbit rests on his cushion before meeting residents at St Catherines View
    Remi the American cornsnake, Millie the giant millipede and Vincent the Russian tortoise were among the more unusual guests during two days of animal encounters at a Winchester dementia care home.
    Residents at Colten Care’s St Catherines View welcomed expert handlers and their charges from Creature Teachers in New Milton and the Alton-based Mill Cottage mobile farm.
    Team members at the Stanmore Lane home ar
  • NHS head disputes Theresa May claims over health funding

    The NHS is getting £2bn less than the government promised, chief executive of the health service Simon Stevens tells MPsThe head of the NHS in England has rejected Theresa May’s claim that the health service has been given more funding than it requested to meet rising demand for care.
    Simon Stevens told MPs that the NHS would receive an additional £8bn between now and 2020-21, not the “£10bn extra” the prime minister said. Moreover, it would get less money tha
  • Troubled families scheme practitioners say it has improved lives

    Charities and researchers urge ministers to retain positive elements as former head prepares to answer MPs’ questions Practitioners involved in the government’s troubled families programme have defended key aspects of the scheme despite being hampered by centrally imposed targets and government spending cuts.The practitioners argue that it enabled them to make a positive difference to the lives of many families.
    These families are poor, live in stressful circumstances and have badly
  • Elder abuse under-identified in U.S. emergency departments

    Researchers used a nationally-representative dataset to estimate the frequency with which emergency providers make a formal diagnosis of elder abuse. The answer: 1 in 7,700 visits.
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  • Scientists developing MRI-guided neural stem cell delivery method

    Scientists are aiming to develop a more effective method for delivering neural stem cells to the brain in an effort to move forward stem cell therapies to treat neurological disorders.
  • Theresa May and Amber Rudd must come clean over the child abuse inquiry | Lisa Nandy

    For the dogged inquiry to proceed, transparency and trust must be at its heart. That starts with the truth surrounding the departure of Lowell GoddardAs home secretary, Theresa May established an inquiry into child sexual abuse to shine a spotlight on institutions characterised by a culture of secrecy, denial and cover-up in which child abusers were able to operate in plain sight without challenge or consequence. It is a tragedy that the inquiry itself has become dogged by allegations about thos
  • Survivors of child abuse deserve the truth from Theresa May | Lisa Nandy

    For the dogged inquiry to proceed, trust must be at its heart. That starts with transparency over the departure of Lowell GoddardAs home secretary, Theresa May established an inquiry into child sexual abuse to shine a spotlight on institutions characterised by a culture of secrecy, denial and cover-up in which child abusers were able to operate in plain sight without challenge or consequence. It is a tragedy that the inquiry itself has become dogged by allegations about those very same character

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