Solutions to the adult social care funding crisis?

Analysis of the five most commonly raised solutions to the adult social care funding crisis in England has been published by The King’s Fund and the Health Foundation. After reviewing relevant literature, speaking to two stakeholder groups, Approaches to Social Care Funding aims to identify…...

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Smart homes could save NHS and social care billions – IMechE

Financial incentives should be introduced for construction companies to create 78,000 adapted smart homes per year over the next decade. According to a report published today by the Institute for Mechanical Engineers, these modified homes could save councils and the NHS billions of pounds each…...

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Ombudsman appoints new members

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has appointed two members to its governing board, the Commission for Local Administration in England. Deep Sagar has been appointed chair of the audit and risk assurance committee, while Stephen J Perkins joins the commission as chair of…...

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Housing with care providers need to build an experience finds ILC

Housing with care operators should build an experience rather than just a property product, according to new research from the International Longevity Centre (ILC). Drawing on the example of the more mature New Zealand, Australia and United States’ markets, the Stronger Foundations report said rather…...

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Consultation delays ACO introduction

Plans by NHS England (NHSE) to introduce Accountable Care Organisations (ACOs) have been put on hold whilst a 12-week consultation looking at the contracting arrangements takes place. Members of the public and stakeholders will be invited to give their views on the proposal over the…...

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Joint inquiry into the long-term funding of social care launched

The House of Commons Communities and Local Government and Health Committees have launched a joint inquiry into the long-term funding and provision of care which will feed into this summer’s Green Paper. The inquiry seeks to ‘identify funding reforms that will command broad consensus to…...

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High Court dismisses Ideal Carehomes’ challenge to publication of inspection report

The High Court has dismissed an injunction application from Ideal Carehomes, to prevent the Care Quality Commission (CCQ) publishing a report looking into one of its care homes in West Yorkshire. Ashworth Grange care home in Dewsbury was inspected by the CQC in September 2017…...

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Two-thirds of English MPs believe there aren’t enough quality care homes for constituents

Two-thirds of England MPs, including just over half of Conservative MPs and 82% Labour MPs, agree that there aren’t enough ‘high-quality’ care homes for older constituents to choose from. According to a poll commissioned by older people’s charity, Independent Age, more than half of Conservative MPs and…...

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40% rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act

The rise in detentions under the Mental Health Act may be are symptomatic of a healthcare system ‘under considerable strain’, says the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In the 10-year period between 2005-2016 and 2015-2016, the regulator said detentions under the Act increased by 40%, but…...

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Scottish Association for Mental Health wins £1.4m contract

The Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) has secured a £1.4m contract to deliver a GP ‘link worker’ service in Aberdeen over the next two years. The contract, awarded to SAMH by Aberdeen City Health and the Social Care Partnership, will see 20 full-time link…...

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