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

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

March 3,2015

Paying the living wage would increase the total cost of public care services by £1.4bn but half of this would be returned to the government through higher tax bills and lower benefit payments, a thinktank has claimed.
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Welsh Government unveils law to overhaul regulation and inspection of social care

February 24,2015

The Regulation and Inspection Bill will shift the responsibility for care failings away from the frontline to ensure providers are held accountable

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Teenager’s death could have been prevented by social care, finds SCR

February 16,2015

Serious case review finds lack of coordinated, holistic response to teenager's needs represented 'out of sight, out of mind' culture

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CQC closes nursing home after finding residents washed in cold water and ignored

February 13,2015

Inspectors said the care at Merok Park in Surrey was ‘simply unacceptable’, with an overpowering smell of urine and severe staff shortages also among the failings

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‘No evidence’ to warrant CQC inspection of local authorities, says minister

February 12,2015

Local government minister says councils have been effective in procuring care services, despite concerns over short home care visits

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‘We must not strip the humanity out of our social care provision’

February 10,2015

Austerity is not an excuse to ignore the needs, wishes and rights of the people we exist to serve, writes Anna Galliford

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What failures in care might really be saying about the social care workforce

February 9,2015

Understanding how burnout can lead to poor care is key to preventing it, writes Mike Bush

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National minimum wage breaches leave care workers £130m out of pocket

February 9,2015

Workers are not being paid enough to cover travel and training, says independent think-tank

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Employers given guidance on assessing staff against Care Certificate

January 30,2015

Skills for Care materials designed to help employers prepare for launch of certificate, which all new care staff will have to acquire to work unsupervised

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‘Negative media coverage can only be tackled by disrupting the social care system’

January 27,2015

Bad care makes headlines but the deeper systemic failures that lie beneath it are the real problem, writes John Burton

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VIDEO: The 9.5% pay cut that’s making care workers struggle to afford food

January 26,2015

Barnet care workers for learning disabled adults talk about their struggle since deep pay cuts imposed by the council

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

January 23,2015

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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Registered care home managers: An undervalued workforce?

January 19,2015

After new research highlights the lack of knowledge surrounding the care home manager role, Rachel Carter investigates the skills, experiences and challenges of this section of the social care workforce

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