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Top-rated services to go up to two years without inspection under CQC reform plans

Regulator to move away from inspecting each service location at least once a year and to get tougher on poorer performers

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Better pay for home care workers ‘not enough to ensure improvement of services’

April 22,2014

Pay is important, but employers must also address working conditions and make staff feel valued, says the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

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Providers should make many more applications to authorise deprivations of liberty, says CQC

April 14,2014

Regulator issues advice to care providers on responding to landmark Supreme Court Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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Safety of new children’s home locations assessed from this month

April 9,2014

Independent Children’s Homes Association says reforms put too great a burden on residential child care providers

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Norman Lamb attends tea party in honour of care providers committed to paying a living wage

March 31,2014

The event comes as Lamb’s predecessor, Paul Burstow, announces a new commission to investigate workforce development in home care

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‘Unfit’ directors to be barred from running social care organisations

March 28,2014

CQC to keep record of people removed from director roles for overseeing poor care to prevent them from taking up new posts

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Care workers should be given legal right to switch from zero hours to fixed contracts after a year, says think tank

March 25,2014

The Resolution Foundation recommends a number of reforms that it says will protect the rights of workers without limiting flexibility for employers

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Has the Department of Health destroyed the meaning of ‘personal assistant’?

March 24,2014

If someone is not able or willing to take total responsibility for directing their own support, they should have a care worker, not a personal assistant, says Simon Stevens

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No proven benefit from home visits for older people, finds research review

March 12,2014

No consistent evidence that older people live longer or lead more independent lives as a result of preventative home visits, finds study

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‘MPs’ report on children’s homes should help heal damage and hurt in sector’

March 12,2014

Education select committee report very welcome after turbulent two years for residential child care sector, writes Jonathan Stanley

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Planning reforms may be needed to curb risks to children in residential care, warn MPs

March 12,2014

Education Committee welcomes children’s home reforms but urges action to curb out-of-area placements

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The role of the specialist dementia nurse and why it matters in home care

March 7,2014

Specialist nurses have a key role to play in ensuring people with dementia can stay at home for as long as possible, says practitioner Penny Hibberd

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Home care contracts should enforce minimum wage, Labour review told

March 6,2014

King’s College London researcher urges local authority action on home carer exploitation

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Failings uncovered in another service run by NHS trust slammed for preventable death of learning disabled man

March 5,2014

CQC finds significant management failings at Southern Health NHS Trust care home, following inquiry into death of Connor Sparrowhawk

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‘Male-focused’ homelessness services failing women, warns charity

March 5,2014

St Mungo’s report says homeless women have higher levels of need than men but services are failing to address them

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Social care funding boost needed for minimum wage hike says Low Pay Commission

March 4,2014

Commission calls on government to act to ensure social care staff benefit from proposed 3% minimum wage rise

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Number of local authority adult social care jobs in England fell by 7% last year

March 3,2014

Most care workers also saw a real terms drop in their pay in 2013

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