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  • COVID-19 vaccination set to be a condition of deployment in CQC-regulated service providers of nursing and personal care

    Monday, June 28, 2021

    Regulations have been laid to make vaccination a condition of entry in all CQC regulated care homes on 22 June 2021. If the regulations are approved by Parliament, there will then be a 16-week grace period before the regulations come into force.

  • There are a growing number of calls for the Government to urgently reform social care.

    Wednesday, June 23, 2021

    A growing number of respected and renowned Social Care Sector organisations and charities are calling on the Government to act urgently to reform Social Care.

  • New workers’ watchdog will be created to protect the rights of UK workers.

    Friday, June 11, 2021

    A powerful new workers’ watchdog will be created to protect the rights of UK workers, the Government confirmed on Tuesday 8th June. Responsibility for tackling modern slavery, enforcing the minimum wage and protecting agency workers – currently spread across 3 different bodies – will be brought under one roof, creating a comprehensive new authority, which will ensure businesses that break the rules have nowhere to hide.

  • 1 in 3 jobseekers are now considering a career in Social Care. How can the sector benefit in this historic shift?

    Tuesday, June 8, 2021

    After a year that has truly highlighted the value of carers, 1 in 3 jobseekers are considering a career within the sector. The newly released guide, by The Work Foundation and Totaljobs, ‘Social Care: A Guide To Attracting and Retaining a Thriving Workforce’ explores how the Social Care sector can leverage historic shifts in public opinion to find the care talent it needs now and in the future.

    The guide’s aim is to tackle workforce challenges in adult social care through research with care workers and engagement with providers and expert stakeholders.

  • Female Care Workers are being urged to help shape Women’s Health Strategy

    Monday, May 24, 2021

    Women are being encouraged to share their experiences as well as their priorities for a Women’s Health Strategy, designed to increase the health and well-being outcomes of women in England. The government are urging female care workers, women from Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, those living in the Midlands and East of England and women over 50, to respond to a call for evidence where they are encouraged to discuss their health issues and help shape a new Women’s Health Strategy making "health and care work better for us all.”

  • More Care Home Residents Died of COVID-19 during the Second Wave than the First.

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    ONS data shows 21,677 care home residents died due to COVID-19 in the second wave compared to 20,664 deaths during the first wave.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

    Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and this year the theme is Nature and how connecting with the natural world can support good mental health.

  • Failure to act on social care in the Queen’s Speech will be ‘bitter blow’, say the LGA

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    Council leaders from across the political divide in England are urging ministers to make good their promise to fix social care by setting out their plans for Social Care in tomorrow’s Queen’s Speech.
    They believe that failure to act on securing the future of adult social care as we emerge from the pandemic will be a ‘bitter blow’ to the millions of people who draw on and work in these vital services.

  • Care home residents rights to have visits from loved ones must be “underpinned by law”

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    The Joint Committee on Human Rights believe that the rights of care home residents to have visits from loved ones must be “underpinned by law” according to their report, Care homes: Visiting restrictions during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    The cross-party committee of MP’s believe that by not underpinning the Government guidance for Care Home visits by legislation means that not all care homes have necessarily felt bound by the Department of Health & Social Care guidance. They also believe that the CQC needs to get a grip on what is going on in the care home sector and put in place more robust processes to monitor adherence with the Government guidance by the end of May 2021.

  • National Gardening Week 2021

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

    It’s National Gardening Week next week. Organised by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), it’s the UK’s biggest annual celebration of gardening and is taking place from Monday 26 April to Sunday, 2 May 2021.

    This year, the theme of the week is ‘getting your daily dose of Vitamin G’!

    “Vitamin G is ‘green’, and research has shown that getting a daily dose improves our sense of personal wellbeing,” explains RHS Director of Science, Professor Alistair Griffiths.

    The RHS want to celebrate the feel-good power of plants and gardens and all next week they will be highlighting the scientific links between gardens and wellbeing as well as sharing easy tips on how to get your daily does of Vitamin G.