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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 »


Hospital discharge problems growing as NHS affected by social care cuts

Cuts in local authority social care budgets are adversely affecting health services.

So says 9 out of 10 NHS trust finance directors and 8 out of 10 clinical commissioning group finance leads surveyed for The King’s Fund’s latest quarterly monitoring report.

Significant rise in average care home costs, data shows

Care home costs rose by 2.5% in 2014-2015 (equating to a rise of £723), considerably higher than the 1.1% of 2013–14.

It outstripped the 2.2% rise in pension incomes for the first time, according to the data released by Prestige Nursing + Care.

New resources about deprivation of liberty in practice

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has launched new guidance on depriving people of their liberty.

In March 2014, the Supreme Court issued a judgment on deprivation of liberty, which clarified what may constitute a situation whereby someone can legally have their liberty taken away.

Tackling child abuse has to become a top priority

The number of children being referred to social services in England has hit a record high, an NSPCC report finds.

The report on child protection reveals that 570,800 children were referred to social services in England in 2013/14 – the highest number since the data was first collected in 2010.

Sustained additional funding needed as cuts loom

Directors of adult social services have called for sustained and substantial additional funds to be made available for social care in a new survey.

Six out of ten ADASS chief officer members say that social care providers are facing financial difficulties now, and personal budgets will get smaller over the next two years.

Expectations of old age can be predictors

People who see old age as a time of loneliness or expect to be lonely in old age are two to three times more likely to feel alone in later life.

Brunel University London found that expectations and stereotypes of a lonely old age are predictors of actual loneliness. In a sample of “not lonely” people over the age of 50 years old, a third expected to be lonely and a quarter agreed that old age is a time of loneliness.

New online resource for social care managers

Managers of care services for adults can now find reliable resources to support improvement through one an easy-to-use online resource.

Two of the leading improvement support organisations in England, Skills for Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), have come together to develop a joint offer of improvement support for registered providers of social care for adults in England.

Biggest shake up of care system in 60 years

Major changes to the care system in England are being introduced in what is being dubbed the biggest shake-up for 60 years.

The Care Act 2014 includes rights for those receiving care and those who provide it to their loved ones.

Guidance on complying with the Care Act 2014

New advice for councils on meeting Care Act 2014 requirements to ensure people, families and carers lead development of their own care and support plans launched.

Cap on care costs for young adults proposed

Ministers have already said people aged 65 and over will have their care costs limited to £72,000 over their lifetime from 2016.

But that cap will also be applied to people who develop care needs from the age of 25, the Department of Health has now said.

Big growth in successfully completed qualifications

Health and social care achieved the biggest growth in successfully completed qualifications of any vocational subject last year.

An analysis of government data by Prestige Nursing and Care indicates a rising level of skills among the UK’s care workforce.

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.