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…...
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…...
People with continuing healthcare needs disadvantaged by system
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said that the care of people with continuing healthcare needs is ‘too often being compromised’ because they are not being made aware of NHS continuing healthcare (CHC) funding and are not being helped to navigate the ‘hugely complicated process’…...
Which? says half of large care providers have a quarter of homes below standard
Half of England’s large-scale providers of care homes for older people have at least a quarter of their homes rated Inadequate or Requires Improvement by the regulator, according to a study by Which? Which? analysed Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection data of 54 providers operating…...
Ombudsman reminds councils to be clear on care home costs
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has reminded councils across England that they must give families placing relatives in care homes accurate information about costs. The warning was issued following a complaint made against Lincolnshire County Council by a family who sought the council’s…...
Glenholme Healthcare Group moves into elderly care
Glenholme Healthcare Group is planning to build a ‘multi-million pound’ residential care facility as part of a new move into the elderly care market. The learning disabilities and mental health care provider has over 40 years’ experience supporting young people and adults in the healthcare industry…....
Impact REIT acquires North East portfolio
Real estate investment trust Impact Healthcare REIT has acquired a portfolio of three care homes in the North-East of England from developer and operator Prestige Care. Impact paid a total of £17m for the care homes, with completion subject to regulatory approvals expected to take…...
Homecare services in Scotland worried for fate
The terms and inadequate funding levels attached to many local authority contracts in Scotland are discouraging homecare services from applying for local authority contracts, according to a study by Scottish Care. The organisation, which represents independent social care providers in Scotland, says many staff employed…...
More funding for social care would reduce NHS pressures – LGA
Council leaders from the Local Government Association (LGA) have said the winter health crisis should incentivise the government to adequately fund the country’s social care system and address the social care funding gap, which the LGA predicts will reach £2.3bn by 2020. The LGA, which represents…...
Failings in disability care for young
An inquiry into the care of disabled children and young people by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has learned that some service users and their families found accessing services challenging.
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