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Welsh government bids to limit zero-hours contracts for home care staff

Move follows passage of legislation requiring most home care visits to be of at least 30 minutes

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‘I feel frustrated by the lack of value placed on the work we do’

December 16,2015

A home care worker describes the impact her working pattern is having on her life…

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‘I wasn’t able to give my clients what they needed and it broke me’

December 16,2015

This festive season care workers will be working unlawfully long hours and walking the streets between shifts for very little extra pay

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Home care workers: Take our survey on split shift working

November 30,2015

We want to know about the impact your working patterns have on your life

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Reducing the confusion around employing a personal assistant

November 17,2015

The tax implications of employing a PA are significant. A new guide seeks to help direct payment users to manage them, says Colin Bruce

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Wales to make registration mandatory for care workers

November 12,2015

The move leaves England as the only country in the UK not to enforce registration for this section of the social care workforce

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Waiting times for reablement services double

November 11,2015

Many people spending long waits on hospital beds leading to poor patient experience , finds latest audit of intermediate care

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Skills for Care issues warning on Care Certificate training scam

November 6,2015

A number of training providers are falsely claiming to offer licenced or accredited materials on the Care Certificate, Skills for Care has said

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Poor training of care home staff leaving residents at risk, investigation finds

October 28,2015

Community Care research finds residential care staff are missing out on vital training in dementia care, safeguarding and the Mental Capacity Act

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Council set to axe 163 adult social care jobs

October 26,2015

Savings plan highlights failure to meet Better Care Fund savings targets as well as cost of living wage and agency staff

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Putting crosses in boxes

One in 10 adult care services is delivering ‘unsafe care’, finds watchdog

October 16,2015

CQC State of Care report finds standard of social care generally improving but safety is a serious concern

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More care workers and fewer managers as cost squeeze pushes up salaries

October 14,2015

Councils are finding it harder to recruit enough managers to provide adequate support to frontline staff, according to the National Care Forum

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The Care Certificate should improve staff quality – but not if done on the cheap

October 12,2015

Early indications that the certificate is being implemented inconsistently risk undermining its purpose of ensuring care staff receive the same basic training, says Nicki Bones

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Low fees and living wage policy risk mass exodus of home care providers from market

October 8,2015

Providers increasingly turning down or handing back care contracts to councils, finds United Kingdom Homecare Association survey

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First fall in care home beds must trigger more government funding, say health consultants

October 2,2015

Local authority-funded care home places are disproportionately effected

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Home care visits should last at least 30 minutes, says official guidance

September 23,2015

Service users should have named care coordinators to plan their support, says new home care guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

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Care sector issues second warning to government on costs of ‘living wage’ policy

August 20,2015

The UK’s five largest residential care providers warned chancellor George Osborne that not ensuring adequate funding for the policy risked a major collapse in the sector

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Moving care home residents in the middle of the night can never be justified

August 14,2015

Gary Fitzgerald, chief executive of Action on Elder Abuse, responds to the latest care home closure that led to residents being moved late at night

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Care homes subject to police raids in illegal immigration crackdown

August 10,2015

Care homes will be targeted in a bid to tackle the employment of illegal immigrants but providers deny the problem is widespread in the sector

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