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Unison warns of ‘dire consequences’ ahead for social care

The trade union has published an audit of cuts over the last parliament and how they have affected social care

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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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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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‘Care staff are working 80 hour weeks and still struggling to live’

April 7,2015

A care worker reflects on why adequate pay, training and support are needed for the adult social care workforce

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More than half of councils unsure if care providers pay staff the national minimum wage

April 2,2015

82 local authorities don't know if care staff are paid the legal rate, finds Local Government Association’s final stocktake on Care Act readiness

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Labour plan to stop zero-hour contracts will ‘challenge’ the viability of home care, say employers

April 2,2015

Providers warn that Ed Miliband’s pledge to stamp out zero-hour contracts will affect the economic viability of home care.

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‘My clients are certainly worth more than just a tick on the rota’

March 30,2015

Paying attention to the finer details and adapting to each call is an essential part of my role, writes Sheila, a home care worker for Bluebird Care in York

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‘15 minute visits are leaving care workers with an intolerable choice’

March 27,2015

The short-term approach to commissioning is a ticking time bomb and we need to stop neglecting care workers, writes Neil Taggart

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‘Professionalisation will get to the heart of the home care issue’

March 27,2015

The new HELPcare project at Lancaster University hopes to find the right model of continuing professional development and training for care workers across the EU, writes Carolyn Downs

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CQC role “critical” to ensuring success of the Care Certificate, says Cavendish

March 26,2015

The certificate was a key recommendation from Camilla Cavendish's review into the unregulated health and social care workforce and sets out 15 basic training standards for frontline staff

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CQC chief sets out plans for regulating integrated care

March 20,2015

Regulator to adapt to joining up of health and social care by inspecting integrated services and assessing quality of care across localities, says David Behan

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‘Housing with care is not a shallow and cynical rebrand of the residential care sector’

March 19,2015

Implementing this key recommendation from the Demos Commission on Residential Care will change the way we look at the sector and make care positive, writes Julienne Meyer

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Thinktank sets out “roadmap” for living wage in social care

March 3,2015

The Resolution Foundation estimates this would cost £1.4bn but half of this could be clawed back through tax and benefits savings

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LGBT housing project will challenge ‘status-quo’ on how care and support is delivered

February 25,2015

Community interest company, Tonic Housing, is hoping to develop residential and domiciliary care services that better reflect the identity of the older LGBT community

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