New ratings system for care homes must focus on compassion

The new ratings system for hospitals and care homes must focus on dignity, compassion and the quality of care, directors of social services have said. More »

Improve services closer to home for people with disabilities

Campaigners are calling on commissioners to offer more flexible services closer to their families in the wake of Castlebeck entering administration. More »

Does the cap fit? Social care questions contribution limit

People in England will have their lifetime contributions towards their own care capped at £75,000 - it\\\\\\\'s created a storm of debate around the limit. More »

Outlook for social care funding is getting bleaker

Services for older people and people with disabilities are still being cut despite funding being transferred from the NHS to local authority-funded social care. More »


ADASS: “we need to find new ways of providing care”

A new IPPR report suggests that within 15 years some 230,000 older people in England will need care for more than 20 hours per week and could be left without the family carers they need to deliver it.

Familial carers will not be able to meet demand for care

The number of older people in England needing care will “outstrip” the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank has warned.

An Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) report estimates that by 2030 there will be more than two million people aged 65 and over with no child living nearby to give care if needed.

Care Act set to expand top up fees market in care homes

Top-up fees paid by care homes residents could be about to increase exponentially, claims a report.

The advent of the Care Act legally allows council-funded clients to dip into their own savings in order to secure a bed in a more expensive long term care facility.

Reaction: Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care

A King’s Fund Commission says the health and social care systems are no longer fit for purpose and it’s time for ‘a new settlement’ to meet the needs of 21st century patients and service users.

Commission calls for a new health and social care settlement

The health and social care systems are no longer fit for purpose, an independent commission concludes.

The time has come, says the King’s Fund commission, for ‘a new settlement’ to meet the needs of 21st century patients and service users.

“We need a new National Health and Care Service”

Members of the public should pay a £10-a-month NHS “membership charge” to fund the health service through the next five years of austerity, a former Labour health minister has urged.

New build care homes driving management salaries

A war for talent among the premium providers of elderly care is driving salaries to new heights, a survey suggests.

The LaingBuisson Care Home Pay Survey Report shows that many new build care home facilities are paying base salaries in excess of £60,000 per annum to their managers. It says that taken together with substantial bonus, pension payments and national insurance the total cost of a new manager is fast approaching £100,000 in the best quality environments.

“Mental health laws being misused to wrongly imprison”

Vulnerable adults are being kept virtual prisoners in care homes because of misuse of mental health laws, a House of Lords committee says.

The report expressed serious concerns that safeguards brought in to protect vulnerable patients are actually being used to “oppress” them.

Major strides are being made in tackling dementia

For too long dementia had been an illness that went unnoticed until it was too late, and there is an unacceptable variation in dementia services across the country, writes Alistair Burns, national clinical director for dementia, NHS England.

Making personal health budgets work for learning disabilities

Giving people with learning disabilities and autism control of NHS and other government money could lead to better support and help avoid poor quality and inappropriate care, says a report.

Social work education must become “more rigorous”

The regulation of social work education to be made more coherent, seamless and more rigorous in terms both of standards and processes.

That is the key finding of a government-commissioned report by Professor David Croisdale-Appleby.

Councils in England ‘pay too little for home care’

Most councils in England pay less than the industry recommended minimum for personal home care, an investigation suggests.

The UK Homecare Association (UKHCA), which represents providers, want them to be paid a minimum of £15.19 an hour, to cover wages, training and travel.

“CQC finally heading in right direction,” MPs say

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is now better able to protect patients and the public, according to a senior committee of MPs.

But the regulator must work hard and fast to win back public confidence, it warns.

Glasgow City Council social care workers strike over pay

Council care workers in Glasgow are beginning a 48-hour strike over changes to their pay and working conditions.

The union Unison said the changes may leave some staff at the council’s care homes almost £1,500 a year worse off.