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CQC finds ‘unacceptable’ variation in quality of dementia care

Nine out of 10 care homes and hospitals had elements of poor or variable care, review by social care regulator finds

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A guide to Nice’s new quality standard on medication management in care homes

October 22,2014

The institute is advising care homes to put individuals at 'heart of decisions' on medication and support residents to self-administer wherever possible

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Why social care needs an influx of creative professionals to improve dementia services

October 20,2014

Age Exchange's David Savill makes the case for using the medium of art to improve relationships between residents and staff in care settings

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One in five nursing homes too short-staffed to ensure safe care, finds watchdog

October 16,2014

CQC State of Care report finds standard of social care generally improving but warns of nursing shortage

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Care home’s council contract suspended over failure to support staff

October 16,2014

A Nottingham care home has had its contract with the council suspended after three successive CQC inspections found training and supervision to be lacking

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

September 23,2014

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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How support workers can help people with learning disabilities to vote

September 23,2014

Eight practical tips for support staff that came out of workshops with people with learning disabilities

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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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