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  • National lockdown must not mean blocking care home visitors

    Monday, November 2, 2020

    Over 60 social care organisations, researchers, professionals and allies representing relatives, carers and providers, brought together by the National Care Forum (NCF) have written an open letter to the Secretary of State for Health & Social Care, Matt Hancock and the Minister of Care, Helen Whately calling on the Government to ensure families and friends can still visit their loved ones now and in the future.

  • £7 billion increase in annual funding can only be a starting point for Social Care reform

    Friday, October 23, 2020

    The Health & Social Care Committee has just concluded their Social Care: Funding and Workforce inquiry and believe that a £7 billion increase in annual funding can only be a starting point for the social care reform. After looking into the issues around current funding problems, the social care workforce and proposals on how to reform the funding of social care, they concluded that there should be a lifetime cap on social care costs and that free personal care should be considered.

  • State of Care, the CQC’s annual assessment of health care and social care in England.

    Friday, October 16, 2020

    The CQC’s annual report, State of Care was published today, it’s the CQC’s annual assessment of health care and social care in England. The report looks at trends, shares examples of good and outstanding care, and highlights where care needs to improve. This year they have looked at the quality of care before the pandemic, the impact of the coronavirus, collaboration between providers and looking forward, the challenges and opportunities ahead.

  • The Care Home Team service has restarted in Stoke-On-Trent due to the increased demand in care homes caused by increased cases of COVID-19.

    Thursday, October 15, 2020

    The Care Home Team is a cross-agency support team, made up of experts from Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT), Combined Healthcare and University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust. It was set up in April 2020 and was paused over the summer months when cases in the city decreased but the service was restarted last month to help support the increase demand in care homes caused by increased cases of COVID-19.

  • Boris Johnson has pleged to fix the injustice of care home funding

    Wednesday, October 7, 2020

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson pleged in his speech yesterday at the Conservative Party conference "We will fix the injustice of care home funding. We will care for the carers as they care for us. We will do what all governments have shirked for decades. We will fix the injustice of care home funding, bringing the magic of averages to the rescue of millions.

  • NHSX are giving iPads to care homes to help provide care to residents.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2020

    NHSX are helping care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide ongoing care to residents by providing iPads and helping to improve internet access. NHSX believes the iPads will help care home residents to stay connected to their loved ones and to receive ongoing care.

  • NHS Covid-19 App launched today

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

    The long awaited NHS Covid-19 app launched today and people in England and Wales over the age of 16 are being urged to download the contact tracing app following it’s official release.

  • Adult social care: COVID-19 winter plan 2020 to 2021

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    The Department of Health and Social care published their Adult social care: our COVID-19 winter plan 2020 to 2021 on Friday 18th September.

  • COVID-19: New guidance for supported living settings

    Tuesday, August 11, 2020

    The Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England have set out new, specific COVID-19 advice for Supported Living settings, previous advice for supported living settings was included in guidance for home care.

  • The size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England 2019-2020

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020

    Key findings

    The number of people working in adult social care is estimated at 1.52 million.
    The number of adult social care jobs in England as at 2019/20 was estimated at 1.65 million
    Out of 1.65 million jobs, 41% of these jobs are residential, 43% are domiciliary, 2% are day and 13% are community based jobs.
    An estimated 18,200 organisations were involved in providing or organising adult social care in England as at 2019/20.