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 »


Rise in Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards creates delays

A sharp rise in the number of applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLs) is creating a backlog.

Since 2009, the rate of applications for people aged 85 and over has nearly doubled CQC research shows.

Adult social care must embrace complaints to improve

People could be being put off from making complaints about health and adult social care, which is leading to concerns not being identified and providers missing out on opportunities to improve their services.

Home care system nearing crisis point, says report

The home care system is teetering on the verge of crisis with the most vulnerable people seeing a different carer every week, an inquiry has found.

The review – led by Paul Burstow, former care and support minister – criticises lack of organisation that threatens to fail those needing care in their own homes.

More funding or the vulnerable face “precarious state”

Further cuts in social care budgets will erode the capacity to provide vital care and support to disabled and older people and ensure their safety and wellbeing.

“Intermediate care must double to meet demand”

Intermediate care services for frail older people must double in capacity to meet increased demand due to an ageing population, a report says.

The 2014 National Audit of Intermediate Care (NAIC) shows that, in spite of similar findings in 2012 and 2013, there has still been no national increase in funding for intermediate care services, which provide an important link between GPs, social care and hospitals.

CQC: “Look at who is caring well and learn from them”

Wide variations in the quality and safety of care in England are unacceptable and detrimental to the people who use health and care services and their families.

CQC sets out what its rating mean for social care providers

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has set out what Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate Adult Social Care would look like across each of the key areas it will routinely inspect services against.

New comparison site for health and care providers

A new comparison website tool has been published that allows health and social care organisations to see how their services compare with those of others.

“We will support better social care to unlock the money”

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said the Labour Party would address the “ever-increasing hospitalisation” of older people by transforming all hospital trusts and NHS bodies into integrated care organisations.

Barker Commission: “radically reshape health and social care around needs”

The way that health and social care are currently organised and funded creates confusion, perverse incentives and much distress for individuals and families.

Home is a ‘house of horrors’ for many disabled people in UK

Home has become a house of horrors for many thousands of disabled people who find it difficult to get through their own front door or use their own kitchens and bedrooms.

Shortage of support for people with a dementia diagnosis

One in five people affected by dementia (21%) were given no information and support after a dementia diagnosis, finds a poll carried out by Alzheimer’s Society.

Ways to make end of life care free for service users

Commissioners are struggling to find innovative ways of integrating the health and social care systems to improve end of life care in some areas, a report finds.

E-learning to improve care workers’ diabetes knowledge

Diabetes UK, in partnership with Bupa, has created Diabetes in Healthcare, a free e-learning programme designed to help improve the knowledge and understanding of diabetes amongst care home workers.