The clock is ticking on levelling up
There is no shortage of data to provide evidence of regional inequalities, just a shortage of time to show levelling up is more than just an election slogan and can save the skin of Boris Johnson, says Michael Burton.
COVID funding cut ‘dangerous’
The Government has been urged to reinstate the COVID infection control fund (ICF) by groups representing care providers and staff.
Discharging patients into care homes was 'unlawful,' High Court rules
The High Court today ruled the Government’s policy of discharging patients from hospitals to care homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic was unlawful.
Care homes could face 'widespread closures' under reforms, counties warn
Care homes are at risk of closure as the Government has ‘seriously underestimated’ the cost of its social care reforms, county councils have warned today.
Counting the cost of care in Wiltshire
Wiltshire CC has been considering the potential ‘eye-watering’ cost of implementing the Government’s reforms to adult social care, says Cllr Richard Clewer. It is imperative the council is fully funded to achieve the changes, he adds.
We need action, not a taskforce
The Levelling Up White Paper announced a taskforce into the lack of housing with care for the retired. Michael Burton argues this poorly-provided sector is another example of the dearth of policy for reducing long-term pressures on the NHS and care.
Stop and think again – does the Health and Social Care Bill address the issues?
Chris J Perry looks at whether the Government should place the cash it intends putting into Health and Social Care into pensions instead, while undertaking widespread organisational changes.
Watchdog calls for regional partnership boards to improve accountability
The accountability of regional partnership boards (RPBs) should be improved, according to Audit Wales.
HMJ: Home care services facing ‘invisible crisis’
A think tank has warned that as many as 110,000 people could lose out on home care by April 2022 due to staff shortages.
Dementia tops COVID for care home death cause
Coronavirus was the second highest cause of deaths among care home residents behind dementia last year, according to latest figures.
CCN conference: Senior officer in financial collapse warning
The countdown is on before some councils face financial collapse due to a change to children’s services accounting rules, a senior finance expert has claimed.
Supporting our homes, people, and communities this winter
By offering to develop streamlined hospital discharge pathways with commissioners, HC-One is improving outcomes for those admitted to its homes, says Jake Rollins.
A place we can call home
Deputy chief executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence Ewan King offers a vision and a roadmap for providing more options for housing with care and support for older people.
Care England warning over vaccine mandate
Care England has warned councils to expect a ‘big impact’ from the Government’s decision to demand all care home staff be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
HMJ: Health in the North hit hardest by COVID-19, finds report
Northerners were more likely to die and be hospitalised due to COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic compared with the rest of England, a report has found.
Farrans awarded care home contract
Plans for a new £13m care home in Leighton Buzzard have moved a step closer after Central Bedfordshire Council awarded Farrans the build contract.
Why choice is crucial
Baroness Claire Fox worries that making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for those working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England is illiberal.
COVID vaccines to be mandatory for care home staff
The Government has confirmed everyone working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Budgeting in volatile times
As we transition to a post-COVID world, councils are going to have to ‘learn quickly in real time’ how to handle levels of demand and price volatility never seen before in the sector, says Gary Fielding.
What next for the social care market?
Martin Samuels sets out five principles we can draw on in creating a sustainable market in social care and says we must not allow fear to stop us moving forward.