Chancellor’s Spring Budget hands social care extra £2bn

The Chancellor told the packed house, the long-term challenges of funding social care require a strategic approach and announced a Green Paper will be published later this year on long-term funding for social care.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has said councils with responsibility for social care had been facing a funding gap of £2.6bn by 2020.

Martin Green, chief executive for Care England, a representative body for independent care providers, said: “The Chancellor’s Spring Budget has quite rightly acknowledged the precarious state of adult social care.

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Concerned about KLOE?

The purpose of the KLOEs is to help care providers understand what is required in order to secure an outstanding compliance rating, ensure resident well-being and provide better care. But how can you achieve this? By using software that helps with tracking and reporting. However, if you want to obtain an outstanding outcome, then the use of mobile technologies, such as Mobile Point of Care, makes meeting the KLOE standards that much easier.

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Embrace digital technology, says CQC inspector

Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission, has encouraged care providers to embrace innovative digital technologies that enhance care delivery, achieve effective care outcomes, and improve the independence of the people they support.

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Size shouldn’t matter say care homes angry at CQC’s ‘six-bed rule’ for learning disability settings

Many care providers have criticized the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for a recent policy. The guidance to limit registration of learning disability services to housing for six people or less has not been received positively.
Learning disability services should be judged on the merits of what can be achieved not just size, say care providers. They argue the care watchdog’s ‘six-bed rule’ will reduce the public’s choice of care services. Furthermore there is a concern that this could put more strain on hospitals.

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Care organisations that leverage technology to improve compliance, create a more Inclusive Care environment.

At iCarehealth we've been improving peoples' lives through technology for over 20 years. Our role as a sector leader doesn't stop there. As we continue to introduce new integrated mobile solutions, we do so with one thing in mind - our end-users, clients, partners and the future partnerships that make up Inclusive Care.

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Mobile technology delivers huge efficiency gains, but can it also help Home Care Providers attract and retain staff?

Many care providers have criticized the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for a recent policy. The guidance to limit registration of learning disability services to housing for six people or less has not been received positively.
Learning disability services should be judged on the merits of what can be achieved not just size, say care providers. They argue the care watchdog’s ‘six-bed rule’ will reduce the public’s choice of care services. Furthermore there is a concern that this could put more strain on hospitals.

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What does 2017 hold for social care?

This should be the year that social care and healthcare finally start working together effectively. By integrating the two – something that has never happened since the NHS was founded in 1948 – care can become the seamless experience our elderly population deserves. There will of course need to be a culture shift for those working in the system, but the result would mean that medical treatment need no longer be detached from routine care in nursing homes and, importantly, we will be able to squeeze out more pennies from every taxpayer pound.

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Underfunded and overstretched – the crisis in care for the elderly

‘It’s like being at home,” was the verdict of one resident at West Hall, the care home in West Byfleet, relayed to inspectors. When you walk through the doors, you can see why. The first thing that strikes a visitor is its immaculate grounds and impressive architecture. This blends a beautifully converted, old manor house with three eco-build residential lodges.

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Care for elderly ‘close to collapse’ across UK as council funding runs out

New figures obtained by the Observer show that 77 of the 152 local authorities responsible for providing care for the elderly have seen at least one residential and nursing care provider close in the last six months, because cuts to council budgets meant there were insufficient funds to run adequate services.

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Maria Mallaband’s Chaucer House Achieves “Outstanding” CQC Results

Staff were consistently kind, caring and compassionate, and treated people with dignity and respect. Care was personalised and had been adapted to meet the individual needs of people. Staff had positive relationships with people and their family members who they knew well. People were actively involved in making decisions that affected their daily lives and their wishes were respected when receiving end of life care.
People's care, treatment and support needs were assessed and a plan of care was developed jointly with the person which included their individual choices and preferences. Guidance was in place for staff to follow to meet people's needs. Staff knew people well which enabled them to support people in a personalised way.

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Learning Management Solution for Care Homes

iCareHealth’s skills based training system ensures staff have immediate and continuing access to resources so they can develop and practice the skills needed to confidently use every aspect of the Medication Management software.

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Mobile Care Worker Solution Demo

Watch our consultants demo and walk through our feature rich Learning management solution from start to finish.

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iCareHealth ‘Ticks the Boxes’ for Hallmark Care Homes

In January 2016, Hallmark's Care Quality, Governance and Compliance Director Julie Rayner contacted iCareHealth. She was in search of a solution that could eliminate the time it took to plan and evidence care provision on their manual paper systems. They also had concerns about ensuring accuracy and needed a solution that would actively alert them to trends and KPIs per home and at organisational level.

"We were looking for a solution that would reduce time team members spent hand writing care plans and daily records. We wanted something that would enable our team members to capture care delivery at the point of delivery."

"It was also important that our management team (at home and organisational level) could easily access management reports from the system. This would, therefore, save valuable time undertaking care plan audits." said Julie.

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Pharmacists should prepare medicine records for patients using home care services

An interesting read from the Pharmaceutical Journal on creating paper medicine records for adults within the Home Care sector.

"Whilst we welcome the sentiments of having records for medicines, we believe paper is just the beginning. Consequently, mobile technology is where we should be aiming our resources.

"Community pharmacists should create a paper medicines administration record for adults who use home care services. This is according to proposals from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England’s health technology body.

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Charlton Park Academy – Already seeing the benefits

Based in Greenwich, London, the Charlton Academy is a school for young people with complex, low incidence special educational needs. The academy also has a small residential unit (Rainbow House) for pupils admitted with complex care needs. These young people benefit from extended educational provision, in addition to regular interaction.

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SECTOR NEWS: Care homes face higher CQC fees from 2017

The care watchdog is proposing to increase the amount it charges these care homes by an extra £163 in 2017/18. This is according to the CQC’s consultation papers, published on 20 October.
The care regulator says its budget, in relation to the overall spending on health and adult social care in England, remains at 0.16 per cent. It has promised to ‘look carefully’ at its costs, and to demonstrate that it is 'fair, efficient, effective and proportionate'.

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Social care cuts take English service to tipping point, regulator warns

A&E units are struggling to cope. This is because social care services that help elderly people have been cut. They have been cut so much that they are reaching a “tipping point”, England’s care regulator is to warn.
Hospitals are ending up dangerously full and have seen “bedblocking” hit record levels. This is because of a widespread failure to give elderly people enough support at home, says the Care Quality Commission.
A worsening lack of at-home care services and beds in care homes are forcing hospitals to admit more patients as emergencies. This deepens their already serious financial problems. “What’s happening, we think, is that where people aren’t getting access to [social] care. We are not preventing people’s needs developing through adult social care. These people are presenting at A&E,” said David Behan, the CQC’s chief executive.

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Home Truths: Social Care providers are feeling the pressure whilst older people are paying the price

This report was published jointly with the Nuffield Trust. Within, it looks at the current state of social care services for older people in England. This is done through a combination of national data and interviews with local authorities, NHS and private providers, Healthwatch and other groups. It considers the impact of cuts in local authority spending on social care providers ,older people, their families and carers. Alongside this work, we were commissioned by the Richmond Group of Charities to interview older people about their experiences of social care.

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What’s the cost of care in your area?

As we live longer, many of us will need support in our old age. But few of us know how much an hour of homecare costs. The fees charged in residential and nursing homes. It is also difficult to know whether the local council will help foot the bill.

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Mobile Technology Delivers Huge Efficiency Gains – but can it also help homecare providers attract and retain staff?

The rapid adoption of smart working in homecare will improve job satisfaction and could even attract the elusive under 25 year old applicant too. Recruitment expert Neil Eastwood gives his perspective.
Domiciliary care has long been a Cinderella sector as far as field-based technology is concerned. Paper forms still dominate the administrative side of a home care worker’s day but there is now rapid and sustained take-up of mobile technology amongst providers.

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How to Recruit and Retain the Right People in the Social Care Sector

Care providers are facing an increasing challenge to recruit and retain the staff to meet the growing demand for their services. Recruitment expert Neil Eastwood suggests the best actions to take.
The labour market for frontline care staff is changing rapidly and one of the major risks social care employers face is not responding to these changes quickly enough.

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What makes a care home outstanding?

Around 80% of care homes for older people, in England, have been rated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). So far, approximately 62% have been rated good, 37% as requires improvement or inadequate and just less than 1% are outstanding. Following up on my Care Home Inquiry, I have spent time reading the reports on those outstanding care homes and visiting them to try to understand their secret. What has enabled them to achieve this rare accolade?

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Mobile Solution - Benefits to Consider When Investing

Key Benefits of investing in a mobile solution – Part 2

In part one of this post we looked at the benefits to management and care workers when using a mobile solution. In part two we examine the benefits to coordinators and service users.

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Mobile Solution - Benefits to Consider When Investing

Key benefits of investing in a mobile solution – Part 1

Every day there are more mobile phones sold than babies born. The mobile market is growing in all spheres and is already revolutionising the social care sector with numerous benefits to providers and service users. When considering whether to invest in a mobile solution it is important to be aware of both the tangible and intangible benefits that can be achieved.

The burning questions that providers always ask are, what is the investment, and what return can I expect. Key to any successful organisation is cash flow, hence ensuring the solution can reduce costs and deliver a strong return on investment (ROI) is vital.

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GPs shoud be a gateway to social care

GPs should be a gateway to social care and support services

The main role of GPs has always been treating common medical conditions and referring patients to hospitals or other services for urgent and specialist treatment.

But gradually the role of GPs and primary care teams are changing. Driven by the integration agenda – which seeks a greater level of collaboration across frontline services – but also by the changing nature of the population’s health needs and rising demand on the NHS, new kinds of primary care services are being established.

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Poor health and social integration denies elderly of personalised and effective care

Older people are denied effective, personalised and responsive care due to poor integration across local systems, according to a new report.

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Scottish Care Home Tigh-Na-Muirn Celebrates an Excellent Care Inspectorate Report

The Care Inspectorate noted in particular how Tigh-Na-Muirn managed their Medication Rounds using iCareHealth's Insight Meds software and went on to say that, during the inspection

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innovative new software cuts the cost of training in the care sector

Cut the Cost of Training in the Care Sector

iCareHealth’s new Electronic Medication Management software features an inbuilt eLearning module. This is designed, comprehensively, to reduce the costs of staff training in the care industry.

The unique Learning Management software gives staff access to resources. This helps them develop and practice the skills and activities that form a core part of their duties. Training costs are reduced since there is no need to schedule training events. There is minimal time required away from the workplace and travel costs and expenses are cut.

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Care Integration - Councils must play a more pivotal role in health

Councils must play a more pivotal role in health and care integration

The number of people in the UK with complex needs who require both health and social care is increasing rapidly. In the south-east of England, for example, our population of over 75-year-olds (already the largest in England) is expected to nearly double to 1.5m in the next 20 years.

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Marches Care customises their Care Home and Meds Management solutions, around the way they run their business. Watch the Video.

Marches Care provides nursing and dementia care for up to 81 individuals in the historic town of Shrewsbury.

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Is privatisation hurting social care workforce

Privatisation is hurting the social care workforce – Peter Beresford

Privatisation has been a major trend in social care since the 1990s, but practices such as zero hour contracts, 15 minute care slots and sub-minimum wage pay are increasing public concern.

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What are the hidden benefits of technology

Five hidden technology benefits for a social care organisation

Technology applications are providing unprecedented scope for nursing and care staff to conduct more regular and convenient online interactions with the families of elderly clients and residents. These interactions will help staff in bridging the communication gap, as well as provide reassurance to families and advocates in the level of care and support that is being delivered to their loved ones.

Over time, new residents, clients and their families will become increasingly computer literate. While they may not widely be requesting to communicate with your staff online at the moment, it won’t be long before societal expectations change and the demands for technology-based communication will soar.

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Care Quality Commission set to target struggling providers with more frequent inspections

Providers struggling to deliver good-quality care are likely to receive more unannounced inspections in the future as part of the CQC’s five-year strategy, launched on the 24/5/2016.
CQC also said inspections will become “smaller and more frequent”, with the interval between them based on previous inspection findings – while newly registered providers will still be subject to comprehensive inspections.
The strategy, which is set to take place between 2016 to 2021, will attempt to make better use of intelligence from the public, providers, other regulators and oversight bodies in order to focus more tailored inspections where needed. Ratings will then be updated if the regulator identifies any changes in quality.

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Care Act ‘failing to deliver’ as carers face long waits for assessments

Reports have highlighted fresh concerns relating to the care act, 2014. An ‘alarming’ number of carers of people with end-of-life conditions are facing long delays in getting assessed for support.

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Mismanagement of dementia costs health care system £1bn each year

The mismanagement of dementia costs health care up to a whooping £1bn each year. A failure to prevent, diagnose and treat depression, diabetes and urinary tract infections in people living with dementia could be costing the UK’s health and social care system up to £1bn per year.

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Social services leaders commit to four-year campaign

In the hullabaloo of last autumns spending review many care providers have rallied together in order to present their case and make the government see just how much an ageing population costs to care for.

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Missed A&E targets reflect cuts in social care and NHS funding

Cuts in social care and NHS funding. The proportion of people waiting longer than four hours in A&E has almost quadrupled over the past five years.  It is the highest it’s been since 2004. Long trolley waits were only half what they were last year, according to NHS England’s latest figures.

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CQC announces changes in fees for health and social care providers

The CQC announces changing fees for health and care providers.

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