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‘Person-centred care is ingrained in all of us’

David Wilson, chief executive of Robert Owen Communities, reflects on receiving an ‘outstanding’ rating from the CQC

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First graduate in dementia studies shares her expertise

January 21,2015

Iffat Mazoor is the first person to complete the pioneering new degree programme in dementia studies, while continuing to work as a care assistant

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Care workers strike over 9.5% pay cut

January 21,2015

The Barnet care workers say the council could have prevented the cut, but chose not to act

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Supported hospital discharge scheme is an ‘invaluable second pair of hands’

January 19,2015

The Royal Voluntary Service is boosting wellbeing for older people, reducing readmissions and building relationships with social workers, writes chief executive David McCullough

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How our home care service achieved an ‘outstanding’ CQC rating

January 19,2015

Compassion and empathy are what make for outstanding care standards on a day-to-day basis, writes Gail Godson, director of Home Instead Senior Care West Lancashire and Chorley

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National minimum wage breaches in two social care companies follow training disputes

January 15,2015

Ultimate Care and Counted4 fined for deducting training payments from employees which then brought their pay under the NMW

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Providers and commissioners must sit down and talk to resolve their ‘bitter divisions”

January 8,2015

Without behavioural and cultural change from providers and commissioners alike, any promising policy developments to improve the way they interact will be futile, and service users will lose out, says James Balbes

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First adult social care services to receive ‘outstanding’ rating announced

January 7,2015

Two home care providers and a care home are the first services to achieve the CQC’s top rating for quality of care

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‘Inadequate’ social care services will get year to improve or face closure under CQC plans

December 17,2014

Social care regulator set to introduce new special measures regime for failing services

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Council unveils plan to scrap home care charges

December 8,2014

Decision marks the end of eight year battle by disability campaigners to see so-called "tax on disability" scrapped in west London borough

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Ex-care minister: ‘Quarter of NHS cash boost should go to social care’

December 2,2014

Paul Burstow says chunk of health funding announced by government should go to social care to prevent further rationing of services

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CQC moves ahead with hidden camera guidance

November 21,2014

The inspectorate will publish information to help families and providers considering using covert surveillance

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Personal assistants at risk of abuse because of poor support

November 19,2014

Skills for Care finds personal assistants’ isolation is leaving them vulnerable

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It’s not good enough for a council to say it cannot guarantee same sex carers

November 17,2014

Local government ombudsman has criticised Warwickshire council for failing to provide a disabled woman with adequate care

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Gold Standards Framework revised to enable more care homes to gain end-of-life accreditation

November 13,2014

The end of life care trainers have created three new pathways in a bid to encourage more residential and nursing providers to gain accreditation

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Service users with dementia and autism most likely to assault social care staff

November 11,2014

A report from Skills for Care finds one in four workers in adult social care have experienced physical abuse in past year

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Striking care workers will vote against a pay increase

November 11,2014

Care UK workers offered a 2% pay rise after 90 days of striking are not celebrating, says Unison rep

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