Care homes in web pilot

    Vacancies at more than 18,000 care homes will be available to
    placement officers and care managers with a new internet
    service.

    The service is based on an existing database of registered
    nursing and residential homes drawn from the publication The
    A-Z of Care Homes
    .

    A pilot for the service by bettercaring.co.uk will begin next
    month in Kingston, south London. The company, part of The
    Stationery Office, hopes to take the scheme nationwide.

    North Somerset has agreed to be the second pilot and there has
    been interest from authorities including Cardiff, Norfolk,
    Hertfordshire, Islington, Hackney and Enfield, the company
    said.

    Bettercaring chief executive Eric Stevenson, said local
    authority and health authority staff would be able to find even
    specialist places without having to contact each home.

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