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‘We shouldn’t define the personal assistant role as ‘something anyone could do”

BBC Three’s ‘Wanted: A Very Personal Assistant’ failed to recognise that these workers need specialist training and support, not just the right personality, writes Liz Hutchins

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Government launches review to slash ‘red tape’ for care homes

July 16,2015

Probe will aim to reduce duplication in monitoring requirements from CQC, councils and NHS

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‘Living wage’ would cost councils an extra £1bn a year by 2020, warns LGA

July 13,2015

Councils will have to pay residential and home care providers more to deal with rise in wage floor for care workers

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Government announces compulsory ‘national living wage’ for workers

July 8,2015

The policy is likely to boost the earnings of the social care workforce but providers warn it will have a significant impact on the cost of home care

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‘If we don’t protect ILF funds we risk casting thousands back into institutional care’

July 7,2015

The closure of the Independent Living Fund means disability organisations are needed now more than ever to ensure decades of progress are not lost, writes FitzRoy’s Neil Taggart

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‘We recognised personal assistants were at risk of exclusion and wanted to support them’

July 1,2015

Community Care speaks to East Sussex Council to find out how they’ve made support and training opportunities available to personal assistants

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Councils failing to provide adequate support for personal assistants, investigation finds

July 1,2015

Personal assistants speak out on isolation as Community Care investigation finds postcode lottery of support and training opportunities

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Employee-owned models of delivering social care have grown 50% since 2010, report finds

June 24,2015

Co-operatives in health and social care are making £60m in turnover now, compared to £40m in 2010

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Beyond inspection: how a lay visiting service can help improve care home quality

June 3,2015

Using lay visitors in care homes has uncovered issues not raised through CQC inspections, says Pam Robinson and Sharon Wilson

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Care sector faces huge staff shortages as younger workers lured to NHS

May 28,2015

Research finds a lack of opportunities to progress is contributing to the exodus

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Care work students scoop prizes in world’s biggest vocational skills competition

May 28,2015

It’s not often care workers get recognition for the support they give people every day – let alone win prizes for it, but a competition held  this month aims to change all that.
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Care home managers’ pay on the rise despite continuing low pay for care assistants

May 14,2015

A report has found the gap between managers and frontline staff is widening- but is a good manager worth the investment?

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How bringing democracy into the care home can improve the quality of support

May 1,2015

A project supporting care home residents to vote has generated more person-centred and empowering care, says Madeline Cooper Ueki

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‘How outcomes-based commissioning could meet the challenges facing domiciliary care’

April 30,2015

There is a ‘compelling logic’ for pursuing this commissioning model in adult social care, writes John Bolton

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Home care training gaps risk ‘fatal consequences’ for service users, says Unison

April 23,2015

Union finds more than 1,000 care workers have not received proper training in dementia, administering medication or personal care tasks

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Lib Dem manifesto promises to ‘radically transform’ mental health services

April 15,2015

Party also would fully integrate health and social care and introduce statutory code of conduct for care workers

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‘Abolishing zero-hours contracts will create less control and continuity for service users’

April 14,2015

We must examine the use of flexible contracts in social care before making snap decisions that could damage our shared vision for the people we support, writes Barry Sweetbaum

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