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Transfer of social work to ‘lead providers’ mooted as solution to care market failures

Big providers should be given long-term responsibility for full range of older people’s services through performance-based contracts, says market analysts Laing Buisson

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Men treated as ‘genderless’ by social care services, finds study

September 12,2014

Gendered needs around personal care, sexuality and social opportunities not addressed in assessments and support plans, finds research

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Influx of complex social care cases leaves £4m black hole in council budget

September 8,2014

Plymouth City council's budget overspend to the tune of £4.6m largely down to overstretched care services

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‘We often fail to acknowledge care work and the tremendous skill required to support people’

September 4,2014

Clare Pelham explains why the Demos Commission on Residential Care wants all care workers to be recognised with a license to practice

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Licence to practice for care workers will improve status of the profession, says Demos Commission

September 3,2014

The think tank's Commission on Residential Care also recommends the introduction of the living wage and a new name for the sector

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50 days on the picket line: the care workers who earn the same striking as working

August 29,2014

Community Care catches up with the Care UK strikers in Doncaster who say they won't stop until they are paid a 'decent living wage'

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Wirral social care whistleblower says “there’s not enough money in the world” to make up for his family’s trauma

August 22,2014

Martin Morton blew the whistle on abuses in Wirral Council but five years on, he doesn't believe that much has changed

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CQC moves to shut two care homes over ‘serious lack’ of skilled staff

August 21,2014

Care provider 'very surprised' by closure notice but CQC says failings placed residents at significant risk of harm

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Care Act guidance must do more to address “endemic” bad practice on pay, warns Unison

August 6,2014

Unison response to consultation says guidance on low pay and zero hours contracts is not good enough to protect workers and care users

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‘Why social workers and families need much greater clarity about top-up fees for care homes

August 6,2014

Care Act 2014 guidance needs to spell out how councils should be monitoring top-ups as new research shows many are struggling to do so, says Andy Kaye

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Should care homes follow hospitals in setting safe staffing guidelines?

August 4,2014

A review of safe staffing levels in care homes is “overdue”, say sector leaders, 12 years on from the last analysis of the issue

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Southern Cross-style collapse in care home market cannot be ruled out, warns study

August 1,2014

Study for Care Quality Commission warns that high provider debts, local local authority fees and pay rises could lead to "financial crisis"

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Children’s homes must take responsibility for missing children, warn police

July 31,2014

Report warns missing incidents should affect care home's Ofsted rating after examining over 1,300 cases of missing people

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Children and adults missing from social care cost police millions, study reveals

July 31,2014

Graphic based on 1,300 cases of missing people in one local police area, examined by Portsmouth University

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Children’s directors hit back at damning report on state of residential child care

July 29,2014

Former ADCS president Andrew Webb accused children's homes of 'taking pot shots' at central and local government

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Former social work reform chief Moira Gibb appointed head of merged skills body

July 28,2014

Gibb appointed chair of Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy for Social Care, following merger

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Guidance issued on how providers can meet new care standards and avoid CQC action

July 28,2014

Care Quality Commission invites care providers to give feedback on guidance for meeting new health and social care regulations

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