How commissioners can ensure home care respects human rights
The Equality and Human Rights Commission found widespread human rights breaches in the home care sector in its 2010-11 review. It has now issued commissioners with a guide to improving this situation.
23 May 2013
Why I want to be a social care manager - to celebrate life
Management trainee Natalie Crisp has her eyes opened by the challenges of residential care and of making end-of-life care decisions, all of which makes her realise why she wants to work in social care, in her latest diary entry.
17 May 2013
'In 2013, do we still need residential care for older people?'
In this provocative piece, columnist Alicia Wood argues that residential care denies older people the rights most of us take for granted and that it should be replaced by supported living.
16 May 2013
Zero-hour contracts and unpaid travel time wrong approach for reablement staff
Scie practice guide to reablement says investment in staff key to helping service users regain independence following crisis.
16 May 2013
How payment by results can improve reablement services
Hertfordshire Council's reablement service was performing well but costing to much. A review led to changes, including payment by results, that has reduced costs and improved outcomes, says deputy director Iain MacBeath.
14 May 2013
Preventing staff burnout key to supporting adults with 'challenging behaviour'
Guidance launched for managers in helping care staff effectively support service users with behaviour that challenges, in the wake of Winterbourne View.
09 May 2013
Five tips to improve dementia support in care homes
Four Seasons Health Care has halved use of antipsychotic medication for adults with dementia through its specialist Pearl care programme. Head of dementia care Caroline Baker outlines the key learning points for all care homes.
07 May 2013
CQC to monitor big providers' finances to help avoid Southern Cross repeat
Care services minister Norman Lamb says financial oversight regime will help ensure continuity of care if large providers collapse.
04 May 2013
Government launches web service for families to review care providers
Latest care comparison site aims to be most comprehensive online resource to enable people to choose care.
25 April 2013
At-a-glance guide to the code of conduct for social care workers
Published last month, the code of conduct places a strong emphasis on staff taking responsibility for their own professional development.
24 April 2013
Adult social care sector in England contributes £43bn to economy
Skills for Care hopes its research into the economic value of adult social care will push the case for continued investment in the sector.
15 March 2013
Hunt overhauls regulation of social care in wake of Mid Staffs
Star ratings to return under chief inspector of social care leading specialist teams within CQC, while providers will also face "duty of candour" to report mistakes, says health secretary.
26 March 2013
Home care services face more inspections as CQC scraps generic model of regulation
Regulator to introduce new care standards, differentiated by sector, and specialist teams to inspect social care, while bringing back 'star ratings' of services.
18 April 2013
Behan: specialist inspectors will help CQC regain credibility with providers
Regulator's chief executive says inspectors will become more effective through focusing on particular sectors, improved training and secondments to care services, as part of new CQC strategy.
22 April 2013
Why providers should invest in peer support for service users
A group of charitable providers have set up an independent organisation to provide peer support to service users. This approach can help improve service quality, efficiency and flexibility, say Bernd Sass and Sue Taylor.
22 April 2013
'Don't ignore housing in response to Winterbourne'
There has been a worrying lack of discussion of housing in the post-Winterbourne plans to move people with learning disabilities out of institutional settings into community settings. This must change, warns Alicia Wood
10 April 2013
A graduate's eye view of social care management
Natalie Crisp is one of this year's trainees on the National Skills Academy for Social Care's graduate management scheme. In the first of a series of diary pieces, she reflects on her first months at provider mcch
05 April 2013
How care homes can improve on the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Improved training for all staff, regular mental capacity assessments of residents and correctly using restraint are among the ways care homes need to improve their practice, says the Care Quality Commission.
28 March 2013
Criminal record checks relaxed for social care recruits
Minor offences and cautions will be removed from records after a period of time, says government in response to court ruling.
26 March 2013
Adult care staff urged to meet conduct and training standards
Emphasis on empowering service users, knowledge of Mental Capacity Act responsibilities and taking responsibility for personal developing in new workforce standards.
26 March 2013