- We write to you as 45 former directors of social services with many decades of senior management experience behind us, to express our grave concerns about the current underfunding of adult social care services. Not a day goes by without well-informed groups expressing their dismay at the outcomes for vulnerable adults. Yet despite this the chancellor made no mention of this issue in his autumn statement.We know that £4.2bn has been taken from local authority budgets over the past five year
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- Sarah Anderson of the Foster Care Workers Union says those looking after the most vulnerable need better pay and job protection, even if it means changing the lawWorking with no employment rights is one of the big downsides of the so-called gig economy. Now foster care workers are joining bike couriers and taxi drivers to fight for the recognition they deserve.Sarah Anderson fosters teenagers and is so angry she is the new face of the Foster Care Workers Union. Its aim: to secure employment righ
- Tank Museum fires wartime memories for Dorset care home residents
Second World War memories were rekindled for residents of a Dorset dementia care home thanks to an outreach talk from the Tank Museum, Bovington.
Ex-army accounts clerk Edna Cooper and former Land Girl Mary Keefe were among the audience at Colten Care’s Fernhill home in Longham.
Objects brought along by the Museum’s Education Officer Claire Cooper included ration books, identity cards, clothing tok
- Decisions about where children should live long-term are often hit by ‘drift and delay’. A Scottish programme aims to tackle thisMy lightbulb moment came when I was working as a foster care manager at the charity Tact. I had seen too many instances of looked-after children (those in care) where decisions about where they should live in the long-term were put on hold – what we call “drift and delay” – for a variety of complex reasons. I had seen this repeatedly
- At least 34 councils in England admit they continue to commission 15-minute visits for personal care, despite official guidance saying they shouldn’t do so.
Thousands of disabled people are still receiving rushed homecare visits that force them to choose between having a cup of tea and going to the loo. 15 minutes is not long enough to support people with dignity and compassion and we want to put a stop to these flying care visits.
Leonard Cheshire Disability has found that at least 30,000
- Pendine Park, Bodlondeb resident Gary Weir who recited a poem .
A former care worker who has dementia had people in tears when recited a poem on video as a heartfelt plea for patience for those who have the condition.
Gary Weir, 54, has been a resident of the Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham for five years after falling victim to a form of dementia called Korsakoff’s Syndrome.
He is unable to live on his own because he has memory problems which prevent him from living alone.
- Success in a caring profession can’t be measured by productivityPhilip Hammond threatened in his interview with the German newspaper Welt am Sonntag to turn Britain into a low-tax offshore sweatshop, although he expressed a personal preference for a European model of social organisation. Just how distant his preference is from his threats is clear from some recent developments in Europe: the French have passed a law limiting the use of email out of hours; the Dutch and Finns are thinking a
- The use of benzodiazepines and benzodiazepine-like drugs was associated with a 20 per cent increased risk of stroke among persons with Alzheimer’s disease, shows a recent study. Benzodiazepines were associated with a similar risk of stroke as benzodiazepine-like drugs.
- Atrial fibrillation, which is the most common cardiac arrhythmia, is an important risk factor for strokes. A multi-centre study shows that the prevalence of atrial fibrillation in haemodialysis patients in Vienna is significantly higher than previously thought. Moreover, only half of the patients affected are treated with an anticoagulant.
- Sandie Foxhall-Smith
The merits of the staff development programme created by private care-provider The Regard Group have been recognised by inclusion in the 2017 ‘Accolades’ shortlist by Skills For Care, the strategic body for workforce development in adult social care in England and Wales.
Regard, which is the UK’s fourth biggest private provider of supported living and residential services for people with learning disabilities, mental health needs and acquired brain i
- St Mungo’s Broadway – 2 Hilldrop Road, has been rated Inadequate overall. It was rated Inadequate for being safe, effective and well-led. It was rated Requires Improvement for being caring and responsive, following the inspection in November 2016.
St Mungo’s is a care home registered to accommodate up to 29 people with a history of alcohol misuse, homelessness and mental health conditions. On the days CQC inspected, the service was providing care for 27 men.
The home was unclea
- James and Mary Shanks on their wedding day.
Former shop assistant Mary Shanks, resident at Cumbrae House celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends earlier this month.
Mrs Shanks resides in Cumbrae House, a unique development at St. Georges Cross located where the city centre meets the West End. The building has a total of 66 beds which includes nursing, enhanced residential and residential care.
Mrs Shanks from Maryhill has lived to see some of the most major advancements in human hi
- Too many people still receive 15-minute visits, leaving them forced to choose between a cup of tea and going to the looAt least 34 councils in England, more than a fifth, admit they still commission 15-minute visits to provide personal care to disabled and older people, despite official guidance that they should not.These rushed visits are hugely distressing for those who receive them. A visit so short can often leave someone forced to choose between having a cup of tea and going to the loo. Tha
- A dedicated Linlithgow woman has raised a phenomenal £600 for the care services where she has worked for nearly two decades.
Manager at Bield’s West Port Resource Centre, where she has worked for 19 years, Christine Donnelly raised the total by completing a formidable 10k just a week after coming back from holiday.
Christine said: “I had done plenty of training beforehand but a holiday is not the ideal run up to such a big event, to say the least.
“I put in a good time th
- Cheque Presentation -Robin Waterer, LifeCare Residences; Angela Wallace
Leading retirement village operator, LifeCare Residences, has raised £8,382 for The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust following its Route 66 bike ride from their Grove Place retirement community in Romsey, Hampshire, to Battersea Place, opposite Battersea Park in London.
As the second consecutive year that LifeCare Residences has embarked on this bike-led charity fundraiser, the decision was made to support The
- Skills for Care has launched new learning activities to help care workers develop English, number, digital and employability skills such as team work and problem solving.
Core skills ensure workers deliver high quality and safe care and support, to complete everyday tasks such as communicating with the individuals they support, writing a care plan, booking a health appointment online and recording fluid intake.
You can download the learning activities from www.skillsforcare.org.uk/coreskills
- Labour leaders says Copeland and Stoke-on-Trent Central contests will be used to attack Tories on NHS, Brexit and housingA combative Jeremy Corbyn has said he welcomes the tough byelections triggered by the resignations of two Labour MPs as an opportunity to challenge the government.Tristram Hunt, a fierce critic of Corbyn’s leadership, announced on Friday that he was stepping down as MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central, a constituency where Ukip came second in 2015 and which voted heavily for B
- After a week of crises, one hospital boss sets out an NHS recovery planJim Callaghan may not have actually said “Crisis? What crisis?” in 1979, but the then prime minister’s words have gone down in history as the clearest example of a politician not in touch with the severity of the issues facing the country. Last week has seen a similar debate about the state of our accident and emergency services. Related: NHS in crisis as cancer operations cancelled due to lack of beds It is
- Labour leader says entire system is at serious risk of breakdown unless government invests more money
Jeremy Corbyn has vowed to take failing care homes into public ownership under a Labour government in a major speech slamming the Tories for “spectacularly” failing to spread Britain’s wealth evenly. The Labour leader attacked what he described as a rigged system where power is in the wrong hands, and accused the government of slashing taxes for the richest and lining the pocke
- Rolling coverage from the Fabian Society conference in London, including Jeremy Corbyn’s keynote speech 12.02pm GMTHere is some reaction to the Jeremy Corbyn speech from political journalists and commentators.From the Sun’s Steve HawkesIf Jeremy Corbyn turned down the 80s rhetoric he could be a tiny bit effective. Loads of people are upset with the NHS, railways, energyRather than backing Aslef and talking nationalisation Jeremy Corbyn should try and rally voters behind what's not wo
Jeremy Corbyn promises 'complete break with this rigged system' in speech to Fabians - Politics liveRolling coverage from the Fabian Society conference in London, including Jeremy Corbyn’s keynote speech 8.46am GMTThis week Jeremy Corbyn has engaged in something of a relaunch. Any speech in January given by a leader who is behind in the polls tends to be described as a “relaunch”, but in this case there is a deliberate attempt to recalibrate the way he presents himself, best explained in this Politico Europe article. Essentially Corbyn plans to stir things up a bit more, stre
- After years of avoiding the axe, redundancy now seems like a release. I won’t miss the insomnia and anxiety caused by the uncertainty of working for a councilEvery new year at the council brings with it a fresh cycle of angst and fear, because the battle to keep jobs begins all over again.But this year, I no longer care about losing my job – in fact, the prospect of facing redundancy fills me with relief. Relief that I no longer have to face a relentless cost-cutting cycle.Related: I
- Labour leader says care system is letting down older people and Tories have driven NHS into ‘danger zone’A Labour government could take thousands of nursing homes into public ownership to protect the welfare of residents, Jeremy Corbyn will announce in a speech aimed at portraying him as a champion of the populist left.As part of the relaunch of the Labour leader as a politician who taps into public discontent with inequality, Corbyn will claim that he anticipated political shocks su
- National charity Friends of the Elderly has been working in partnership with the charity Community Christmas this festive season to tackle loneliness among older people, by identifying and promoting hundreds of activities taking place on Christmas Day.
As a result of hard work and determination by volunteers and businesses across the UK, more than 600 activities were organised and registered with Community Christmas; providing an estimated 11,000 older people, who would otherwise have spe
- A longstanding Activities Coordinator celebrated her birthday with residents of the care home where she has worked for over a decade.Krissy Grant, who turned 37 on the 11th of January, was joined by residents of Earsdon Grange care home, Whitley Bay, at her birthday tea party who sang her ‘Happy Birthday’ and enjoyed sharing a white chocolate and sponge birthday cake over tea and coffee.
Mrs Grant who has worked at Earsdon Grange, a residential home for the elderly and people living
- The children’s bill and accreditation for social workers are just two of the exciting and, in some cases, controversial changesThis year will bring some exciting and, potentially, controversial developments and innovations to children’s social work and social care. Related: My hope for 2017: change people's view of the care systemContinue reading...
- A £13m state of the art dementia facility has opened its doors in Harrogate, creating 200 jobs.
Healthcare construction specialist Projex Building Solutions has delivered Vida Grange, its second project for one of the UK’s leading and ground-breaking dementia care providers, Harrogate-based Vida Healthcare, part of The Rycroft Group.
The new 124-bed facility is expected to follow in the footsteps of its sister home, Vida Hall, which last year became the first facility in the UK to ac
- Brian Boxall-Hunt OBE (left) and Captain Duncan Glass O.B.E., M.N.M
Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt OBE is celebrating ten successful years as Chief Executive at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society care home in Banstead, Surrey.
The former Royal Navy officer has overseen a time of great change for the Society. The last decade has seen an ambitious raft of improvements to the home, including the installation of a dementia annexe, several royal visits and its 150th anniversary celebration in 201
- Kit Lendon
The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has appointed Kit Lendon as its new Head of Volunteering.
Ms Lendon takes on the role following six and a half years at veterinary charity PDSA, where she was Volunteering Development Manager.
In her role at OSJCT, she will lead the volunteering team and provide strategic direction for volunteering, an opportunity which Ms Lendon says has enormous potential.
“In the short term, I will be looking to establish a really
- It was easy to dismiss officials’ fears about Brexit: more difficult to discredit Simon Stevens because we can see the health crisis for ourselvesBelieve hard enough, and you can get what you want. Or at any rate that’s the theory behind the fashionable cult of manifestation, as championed by Oprah; focus on your heart’s desire, tell yourself you’re going to get it, and it’s amazing what positive thinking can achieve. Only now this form of secular prayer seems
- Tribal hostilities run deep but there is no enduring solution to the healthcare crisis without bipartisan compromisePrime minister’s questions, when the House of Commons works itself into an adversarial frenzy, is not a forum made for non-partisan collaboration. So it was not surprising when, on Wednesday, a request that Theresa May convene cross-party hearings on the crisis facing the National Health Service had a mixed response.Mrs May answered Norman Lamb, the Liberal Democrat
- People who use cocaine regularly are at high risk of coronary artery disease. A study now reports that stopping or reducing cocaine use can potentially reverse the process of coronary atherosclerosis.
- Concussions accelerate Alzheimer's disease-related brain atrophy and cognitive decline in people who are at genetic risk for the condition, research has found. The findings show promise for detecting the influence of concussion on neurodegeneration.
- Paramedic struck off on grounds of misconduct
- The Danshell Group has made a significant investment in Cedar Vale independent hospital in Nottingham.
The hospital in East Bridgford provides care and treatment for men living with autism, a learning disability and associated challenging behaviours.
Promoting an individual’s independence is very important at Cedar Vale. The aim of the refurbishment and reconfiguration is to further enable the service team to support service users to develop independent living skills by
- SALTAIRE based Czajka Care Group has formed partnerships with five schools throughout the Bradford area in the last two years and hosted talks with hundreds of pupils about the care industry and the career opportunities on offer within the sector. The company, which operates five nursing and care homes in Nab Wood, Steeton and Cross Hills, started working with Bradford Pathways in 2014 and now regularly hosts events and attends careers exhibitions at schools across the Bradford area.
- Julie Rayner, Care, Quality, Governance and Compliance Director at Hallmark Care Homes talks about the Mental Capacity Act and consent for inclusion in marketing activities.
Julie has over 20 years’ experience working for the National Care Standards Commission, the Health Care Commission and CQC and as an Inspector, Area Manager and a Compliance Manager.
The Mental Capacity Act 2005 is a ‘hot’ topic within the care sector at the moment, as it has become clear that not everyone
- A Newton Aycliffe care home has raised more than £700 for its residents and the community.
Aycliffe Care Home, which is operated by Akari Care, raised a total of £740 for its Residents’ Comfort Fund over the festive period at its winter wonderland event, with a portion of the funds going to support Kathryn Griffiths, a local girl who is volunteering in Fiji next summer.
Kathryn is going to support one of the schools in the country by helping to build proper sanitati
- To typecast the system as a bad place to end up is unfair and harmful to those in care, the staff who keep them safe, and those who care for themThe directors of children’s services have a clear statutory duty to ensure the best outcomes for children and young people. These duties are more than an administrative detail; the responsibility lives with us each and every day. Local authorities face many challenges but our most pressing issue is ensuring services continue to meet the needs of v
- Congratulations to everyone at Manor Community Care Home which has recently become the first care home in Bristol specialising in mental health to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
The hard work of staff and management at Manor Community Care Home has been recognised in the report, with staff commended for the ‘genuine passion’ they showed for their jobs. Inspectors commented that there was a sense of living together as an ‘extended family
- Theresa May has outlined her vision of a ‘shared society’. But truly creating this requires a major culture shift and money where it’s neededWhen Theresa May set out her vision for a “shared society” this week, there were plenty of slogans but there was minimal proposed action. If Britain is actually going to tackle the “everyday injustices” as May claimed, it’s going to take some real reform. Here are my six ideas for achieving a truly shared soci
- How the Abbeyfield Kent Society’s Larkfield extra care scheme will look upon completion
Now celebrating its 50th year, The Abbeyfield Kent Society has started work on its Maidstone extra care housing scheme, one of three planned projects in Kent, which combined, will provide care and housing for hundreds of older people.
The Larkfield extra care housing scheme, which is scheduled for completion in 2018, will provide 74 one and two apartments for over 55s, all available on an afforda
- Heightened activity in the amygdala -- a region of the brain involved in stress -- is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a study that provides new insights into the possible mechanism by which stress can lead to cardiovascular disease in humans.
- Yoga may lead to a reduction in pain and functional ability in people with chronic non-specific lower back pain over the short term, compared with no exercise, a new systematic review suggests. However, researchers advise that more studies are needed to provide information on long-term effects.
- Heightened activity in the amygdala - a region of the brain involved in stress - is associated with a greater risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study.
- Your excellent summary (What this year could hold for public services, 4 January) had much useful analysis on how the NHS and other state services may be “brought to the brink”. Your readers may also wish to know that the House of Commons is currently considering a bill that will remove the duty to have local safeguarding children boards, the well-established multi-agency groups across the country that coordinate safeguarding and assure its effectiveness. Our government says the
- Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. The increased risk was highest at the beginning of antidepressant use and remained elevated even 4 years later.
- May uses PMQs to dismiss claim service faces humanitarian crisis, and insists long waits at A&E are down to raised demandThe British Red Cross description of the NHS as facing a humanitarian crisis was “irresponsible and overblown”, Theresa May has said during a prime minister’s questions centred on the current problems in the health service.Pressured repeatedly by Jeremy Corbyn about long waits for emergency care and patients left in corridors, May conceded there were &ldq
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