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

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

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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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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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‘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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Suspected minimum wage breaches at 100 care firms ‘tip of the iceberg’, says minister

February 24,2015

Care provider owes 184 workers almost £40,000 for non-payment of the minimum wage, reveals government

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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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