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  • Protecting the NHS had the unintended consequence of contributing to the spread of COVID-19 infection in care homes, say a group of cross party MP’s.

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

    The discharge of elderly people from NHS hospitals into care homes without having been tested at the beginning of the pandemic had the unintended consequence of contributing to the spread of infection in care homes, say a group of cross party MP’s.

  • Frontline Care Worker COVID boosters can now be booked through the NHS National Booking Service

    Thursday, September 30, 2021

    Frontline health and social care workers can now book their COVID-19 vaccination booster dose through the NHS National Booking Service.

    One dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine will be the preferred dose used for the booster programme as advised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) regardless of which vaccine brand someone received for their primary doses. This follows data from the COV-BOOST trial that indicates the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is well tolerated as a third dose and provides a strong booster response.

  • Care England are urging the Government to do more to support the workforce crisis in social care.

    Tuesday, September 14, 2021

    Care England, the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care, are asking the Secretary for Health and Social care to take on board the following suggestions to ease the Social Care Workforce Crisis and to implement them as soon as possible:

  • New Health & Social Care Plan: Build Back Better

    Wednesday, September 8, 2021

    Boris Johnson announced yesterday a new health and social care plan: Build Back Better. The plan proposes a 1.25% NI and Dividend tax rise which will raise an additional £36 billion for the NHS and Social Care across the UK over the next 3 years.

  • Care Home Managers and Leaders are urging the Government for help to tackle the impending social care crisis.

    Monday, August 23, 2021

    Due to the introduction of the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination law, it is feared up to a fifth of the Care Home workforce could lose their jobs and the Outstanding Managers Network, which represent 5,700 Care Home Managers and leaders believe these staffing shortages will pose a major risk to the safety and sustainability of services.

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement for Care Home Workers

    Monday, August 16, 2021

    From 11th November 2021, all care home workers, and anyone entering a care home, will need to be fully vaccinated, unless they are exempt under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2021 ('the Regulations').

    These regulations require registered persons of all CQC registered care homes (which provide accommodation together with nursing or personal care) to ensure that a person does not enter the indoor premises unless they have been vaccinated. The regulations were laid in Parliament on 22 June 2021 and were made on 22 July 2021.

  • Skills for Care launches their three year strategy vowing to tackle workforce challenges

    Wednesday, August 4, 2021

    Skills for Care launches their three year strategy vowing to tackle workforce challenges and ensure that social care is seen as a valued and worthwhile career.

  • Increase in funding is not enough to fix the problems with Social Care

    Thursday, July 22, 2021

    It’s been 2 years since Boris Johnson promised to fix social care and at the start of this week there were rumours that he was due to make a major announcement on additional funding for Social Care, coming from a rise in National Insurance however as the week has gone on, it now looks more likely that this announcement will come in the Autumn instead. Everyone working in social care will hold their breath and cross their fingers until then.
    Why is an increase in funding not enough?

    Care England have launched their vision for a long term and sustainable future for adult social care that will be to the benefit of all citizens and the economy: We Care For England and they point out that funding is not enough to create meaningful reform.

  • Future Adult Social Care Workforce Collective Vision

    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

    Adult Social Care leaders came together yesterday, to offer a collective vision of what should be in a workforce strategy for the growing sector and have produced a Priorities for a workforce strategy people plan.

  • How to get your Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination in the West Midlands

    Monday, July 19, 2021

    It is now easier than ever to have your free COVID-19 vaccination in the West Midlands. The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective and the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and the rest of society. To have the best protection against COVID-19, it is important that you receive 2 doses of the COVID vaccination.