Communities and Local Government Committee Promotes Major Social Care Reform

Major reform of social care funding and provision is needed, according to the Communities and Local Government Committee Select Committee. Both long term funding and serious threats to social care provision must be addressed, it is asserted by a report published by the committee. The report finds inadequate funding very seriously affects the quantity and quality of adult social care provision, impacting on those receiving care, the NHS, care staff, carers and providers. Consequently, a number... Readmore

NHS Providers Calls for Social Care Targets

NHS Providers has suggested that short-term reduction targets for hospital bed days should be agreed between NHS leaders and councils. Bed-blocking has been a massive problem in the NHS, and the authorities recently announced an additional £1.2 billion investment in social care for 2017/18 in an attempt to address the situation. The healthcare body tasked with the responsibility of representing NHS trusts welcomes the extra funding announced in the recent budget, but also warned members that... Readmore

New End of Life Care Framework to Provide Personalised Care

A new end of life care framework will provide personalised care to terminally ill patients and their families. Skills for Health Education England and Skills for Care have announced the new framework in a joint partnership. The intention behind the collaboration is to deliver tailored and high-quality care and support to patients with advanced incurable illnesses. Health Education England commissioned Skills for Health and Skills for Care in order to develop the framework. This then becomes... Readmore

CLG Committee Critical of Government Social Funding Gap

The Communities and Local Government Committee has concluded that it is essential for the government to commit to closing the long-term social care funding gap. In particular, the committee suggests that the Chancellor could bring forward £1.5 billion funding from the improved Better Care Fund to plug the hole in social care funding in the year ahead. The statement was made by the committee in the Pre-Budget report for their Adult Social Care inquiry. Responding to the declining state of social... Readmore

Analysis Illustrates Extent of Social Care Crisis

New analysis suggests that NHS and adult social care services face a further crisis following the problems already caused by Brexit. The onus is on the government to guarantee the right of the EU workers to remain in the UK, otherwise serious staffing problems are almost inevitable. Existing figures outlined the extent of European Union workers within the healthcare system, with more than 140,000 NHS and adult social care workers in England currently EU migrants. London, the South East and the East... Readmore

Care Quality Commission to Play Social Care Regulatory Role

Healthcare regulator the Care Quality Commission will expand its role and become involved in the regulation of social care. The Care Quality Commission will be responsible for overseeing the way that local councils deliver the social care system. The proposals are intended to address what is considered to be a crisis in the sector. Many prominent individuals within the NHS system have already spoken out on the problems that social care faces. The government plans to ask the regulator... Readmore

Unprecedented Increase in ‘Excess Deaths’ in England and Wales

New research indicates that the unprecedented level of excess deaths within the healthcare system in England and Wales can possibly be attributed to underfunding, particularly in social care. Researchers assert, in an article published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, that what they describe as relentless cuts to the health service could be responsible for 30,000 deaths during the 2015 calendar year. The government responded strongly to the claims, suggesting that the study... Readmore

National Audit Office Documents Social Care Failings

The National Audit Office has warned that a new government initiative to treat more people in the community has fundamentally failed in its modus operandi. NHS England and the Department of Health believed that the Better Care Fund for England could achieve savings in excess of £500 million annually. Yet not only has the scheme failed to save money, but figures indicate that it has also had no impact on the number of free hospital beds. The fund was originally set up with £5.3 billion... Readmore

Authoritative Organisations Warn PM of Care Home Crisis

The most authoritative voices in the care home sector have been warning Prime Minister Theresa May that the industry is in a crisis state. Chairs of three influential Commons committees have urged the Prime Minister to tackle the immense challenge of funding health and social care in the coming years. It is generally considered that this will become particularly problematical, owing to the fact that demographic shifts in Britain will result in a greying population. “We are calling for a new political... Readmore

Lord Lansley Outlines Social Care Malaise

A former health secretary has asserted that an "incredibly difficult" two years await the NHS and social care in England. Lord Lansley, health secretary from 2010-12, said he was disappointed that more funding was not announced in the Autumn Statement. Tory council leader Izzi Seccombe said funding was needed now and councils had been "cut to the bone". But Prime Minister Theresa May commented that ministers are already working to ease the situation. Funding cuts to council-run social... Readmore

Charities Call for Social Care Fund Gap Prioritisation

Three health charities have called for urgent government investment in social care in order to avoid an impending disaster. Plugging a £1.9bn social care funding gap should be a more urgent priority than boosting funding for the NHS in this month’s Autumn Statement, according to the Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust. Addressing this gap will require significant action, following a combination of funding cuts and rising demand. Thousands more older and disabled... Readmore

Every Practice in Northern Ireland will Have a Named Social Worker

Every GP surgery is Northern Ireland is to receive a named social worker, health visitor and district nurse by Spring. Health minister Michelle O’Neill outlined the radical plans to transform general practice in a parliamentary statement, while also announcing that 54 practice-based pharmacists will be recruited by the end of the year. The Northern Irish government also intends to increase the number of GP places, to meet growing demand and the needs of a greying population. O' Neill and the government... Readmore
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