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CQC to investigate social care staffing and training

The Care Quality Commission is to investigate levels of adult social care staffing and training later this year. It will undertake a “thematic probe” into the issues after they were identified by a range of stakeholders as key concerns during feedback. A report to the latest CQC board meeting said there was evidence that some […]

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Research into improving the use of mental capacity advocates in adult safeguarding

Access to independent mental capacity advocates (IMCA) for adults at risk of abuse is low and falling, warned the Department of Health in its annual report on IMCAs, published in February. It urged safeguarding adults co-ordinators to review the basis on which they referred people to IMCAs, and for practitioners in areas where referrals had […]

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‘We must face up to the problem of low staff literacy levels in social care’

A good command of English provides care workers with self-confidence and improves the quality of support, but the sector is worryingly silent about low literacy levels among staff, says Neil Taylor of care provider Jewish Care, which has sought to address the issue among its own employees. Literacy levels across social care are low, much […]

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