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‘We recognised personal assistants were at risk of exclusion and wanted to support them’

Community Care speaks to East Sussex Council to find out how they’ve made support and training opportunities available to personal assistants

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Employee-owned models of delivering social care have grown 50% since 2010, report finds

June 24,2015

Co-operatives in health and social care are making £60m in turnover now, compared to £40m in 2010

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Beyond inspection: how a lay visiting service can help improve care home quality

June 3,2015

Using lay visitors in care homes has uncovered issues not raised through CQC inspections, says Pam Robinson and Sharon Wilson

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Care sector faces huge staff shortages as younger workers lured to NHS

May 28,2015

Research finds a lack of opportunities to progress is contributing to the exodus

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Care work students scoop prizes in world’s biggest vocational skills competition

May 28,2015

It’s not often care workers get recognition for the support they give people every day – let alone win prizes for it, but a competition held  this month aims to change all that.
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A group of 79  health…

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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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‘How outcomes-based commissioning could meet the challenges facing domiciliary care’

April 30,2015

There is a ‘compelling logic’ for pursuing this commissioning model in adult social care, writes John Bolton

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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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