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CQC chief unapologetic over dropping annual inspections to focus on poorest providers

Reducing the frequency of inspections for outstanding and good services will free up inspectors to concentrate on tackling poor care, says Andrea Sutcliffe

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Your guide to the CQC’s new ratings system for adult care services

September 26,2014

Regulator unveils the factors that will determine whether services are rated outstanding, good, requiring improvement or inadequate

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‘It is vital for me to find someone I get on with before even considering employing them’

September 26,2014

Matt, who has cerebral palsy, explains why he has taken to the streets with an innovative advertising campaign after struggling to find a suitable carer

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Councils urged to get social care workers vaccinated against ‘flu

September 24,2014

Department of Health warns that people being put at risk of avoidable infections by lack of vaccination among frontline staff

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Government consults on second wave of reforms for children’s homes

September 19,2014

But providers call for new Ofsted inspection framework to be consulted on at the same time

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Death threats and garden forks: social workers’ experiences of abuse at work

September 16,2014

10 social workers tell Community Care about violence and abuse suffered at work in the course of a year

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A guide to social services regulation and inspection reforms in Wales

September 16,2014

The way social care staff and services are regulated in Wales is about to change. Here we set out the reforms and how they compare with changes in England

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

September 5,2014

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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‘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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Care work diary: ‘Sometimes I feel as if I’m letting people down even though I’ve done everything I can’

August 29,2014

Depression, disputes and paperwork make it a draining week for this anonymous child care worker

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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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