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New national association for care providers launched

New national association for care providers launched

More than 40 regional and local care associations throughout England have joined forces to form a powerful new group to represent providers.   Called the Care Association Alliance, members believe it will be better placed to represent the needs of its members than existing national bodies.   But Debbie Le Quesne, the Chief Executive of […]

September 8, 2014 | By | Reply More
NHS Confederation and NHS Employers responds to CQC consultations

NHS Confederation and NHS Employers responds to CQC consultations

NHS Confederation and NHS Employers responds to CQC consultations on ‘duty of candour’ and ‘fit and proper persons’ Rob Webster, chief executive at the NHS Confederation, said: “We welcome the opportunity to provide views on the CQC’s new guidance on “duty of candour” and the “fit and proper persons” requirements. It is right that breaches […]

July 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
CQC consults on how providers can meet new ‘fundamental standards’ of care

CQC consults on how providers can meet new ‘fundamental standards’ of care

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has drafted guidance on how the 46,000 health and adult social care providers and services that it regulates across England can meet the government’s new regulations on care and what actions it will take when they fail. The new regulations (called “fundamental standards”) are more focused and clear about the […]

July 25, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care home hosts Country and Western Day for National Care Home Open Day

Care home hosts Country and Western Day for National Care Home Open Day

Celebrating National Care Home Open Day The Beeches care home in Brentwood, Essex held an American Country and Western Day which included line dancing in the morning followed by a barbeque and an afternoon of music with country and western singer Country Diamond. Residents staff and visitors were joined by Brentwood Mayor Vicky Davies who […]

June 27, 2014 | By | Reply More
Shropshire care home sold to growing multiple operator

Shropshire care home sold to growing multiple operator

Friendly Care Group, operator of four care homes in the West Midlands, has added a fifth to its growing portfolio with the acquisition of Netherwood care home in the market town of Shifnal in Shropshire.   The care home was acquired by the group in a sale brokered by the specialist care property adviser Christie […]

June 20, 2014 | By | Reply More
The consultation continues – CQC changes post October 2014

The consultation continues – CQC changes post October 2014

The CQC consultation is progressing at pace. We have put together a brief overview of the proposed changes and what they may mean to care home operators.   The proposed changes are very much in draft form and these will change but highlighted below are the main points of interest to you as a provider […]

June 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Craegmoor sponsors Stafford disability support group

Craegmoor sponsors Stafford disability support group

Craegmoor, part of the Priory Group of Companies, is supporting a charity dedicated to raising awareness of the issues faced when caring for people with special needs.   ‘Dads and Disabilities Support’ (DADS), based in Cannock, is holding an event aimed at breaking down barriers and changing perceptions on disability.   The event takes place […]

May 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Panorama programme does not represent UK care

Panorama programme does not represent UK care

‘Don’t tar all care facilities with same brush’ MD speaks out following Panorama programme   THE MD of an award-winning retirement village has urged the public not to tar all care homes with the same brush following abuse revelations in this weeks episode of BBC Panorama Behind Closed Doors.   Jeremy Walford, the managing director […]

May 2, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Want to market your care home?

Want to market your care home?

  Marketing- It’s a funny old word and it can bring to mind all sorts of pictures but it’s definitely the way forward for care operators and their owners, big or small- group size I mean! The world has changed a lot and so has care. The old Victorian vicarage turned care home, run by the […]

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The London Autistic Spectrum Condition Centre praised for its quality care

The London Autistic Spectrum Condition Centre praised for its quality care

The London Autistic Spectrum Condition Centre in Anerley, part of specialist care provider Glen Care, has been praised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) for the quality of its care. The positive report mans that all of Glen Care’s secure services are now fully compliant with the CQC standards. Following a recent inspection the service […]

March 31, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care provider rewards 40 employees for dedicated long service

Care provider rewards 40 employees for dedicated long service

West Yorkshire based Czajka Care Group has rewarded 40 members of its team who have all spent more than 15 years working for the company. The care provider recently hosted a party to reward them and say thank you for their hard work and loyalty.  Of the 40 employees that attended over half have been with […]

March 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Social care spokesman calls for an end to unacceptable local government cuts

Social care spokesman calls for an end to unacceptable local government cuts

Leading social care spokesman Mike Padgham has called for an end to under-funding after a damning report exposed a ‘catastrophic’ situation for vulnerable older people. The report, by Age UK, revealed that at least 800,000 older people are going without help as a result of funding cuts. Age UK research found that the proportion of […]

March 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Barchester Healthcare only care provider in Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2014

Barchester Healthcare only care provider in Sunday Times Top 25 Best Big Companies to Work For 2014

National care home provider, Barchester Healthcare appears in the Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work for list 2014 for the sixth time and is still the only care provider in the listing. The results were announced at an event hosted by BBC Breakfast Presenter Kate Silverton and were listed in yesterday’s Sunday Times. The […]

March 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Regional care provider secures meeting with Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb

Regional care provider secures meeting with Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb

A senior regional care advocate Mike Padgham is to hold his second top-level meeting with a Government minister in a matter of weeks to press for more help for a sector that looks after the country’s most vulnerable people. Mike Padgham is to meet Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb on Monday to urge him to provide […]

February 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Care providers provide essential services despite challenging conditions

Care providers provide essential services despite challenging conditions

Spare a thought for all the brave and hardworking care and support workers out in this dreadful weather, providing essential care services to all their clients.  With the worst of the storms behind us for the moment, delivering a care service is still proving to be a challenge. Despite these grim conditions, Caremark care and […]

February 21, 2014 | By | Reply More
Craegmoor enhances porfolio with acquisition of New Directions

Craegmoor enhances porfolio with acquisition of New Directions

Craegmoor, part of the Priory Group of Companies, has enhanced its portfolio of care services with the acquisition of New Directions, a company providing specialist residential care and Supported Community Living for individuals with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS). New Directions operates five homes, with a total of 34 beds, in the Hastings area. Prader-Willi Syndrome is […]

February 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Councils that encourage bidding down are squeezing quality of care and dignity of older people

Councils that encourage bidding down are squeezing quality of care and dignity of older people

One of the UK’s leading care bosses says the “quality of care and dignity of older people” are being squeezed because most councils are paying less than the industry recommended minimum for personal home care. Gary Farrer, the Managing Director of SureCare, was responding to a BBC investigation which showed that the recommended minimum was […]

February 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Bumper year for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation

Bumper year for Barchester’s Charitable Foundation

Barchester’s Charitable Foundation awarded 180 grants that totalled £150,000 last year, benefiting older people and other adults living with a disability. The charity hopes to make an even bigger difference in 2014!   Staff working in Barchester Healthcare’s care homes are largely responsible for generating ideas and fundraising activities, which are then matched pound for […]

January 23, 2014 | By | Reply More
Cash is King as Care Operators Look Forward with Confidence

Cash is King as Care Operators Look Forward with Confidence

In a year which saw average prices for care homes sold stabilise, the accent was very much on finance in all its forms — from investment in the sector, to the availability of debt lending and the old sore of fees for service. It is likely that 2014 will shape up to offer much the […]

January 15, 2014 | By | Reply More
Donation Enables Care home Residents To Be Transported Back In Time

Donation Enables Care home Residents To Be Transported Back In Time

Philips Court care home in Gateshead, which is part of care home operator Akari Care, has been transported back in time thanks to the kindness of someone very close to the home. Kathleen Welch, former resident at Philips Court, will be remembered fondly by staff and residents at the care home following a kind donation […]

January 7, 2014 | By | Reply More
Chief Executive Ted Smith comments on reports that investors are on brink of bidding for European Care Group

Chief Executive Ted Smith comments on reports that investors are on brink of bidding for European Care Group

Ted Smith Chief Executive of European Care Group comments on the report that a group of private equity investors led by Duke Street Capital is preparing to pounce on the independent care provider, one of Britain’s biggest specialist providers of services and homes for people with learning disabilities and elderly care. “We have a very supportive banking group […]

December 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
Yorkshire care provider in talks with Vince Cable to gain care sector support

Yorkshire care provider in talks with Vince Cable to gain care sector support

A senior regional care representative is to meet with a top government minister to call for more to be done to support the sector. Mike Padgham will meet Business Secretary Vince Cable on 18th December to talk about how the Government could provide greater support to businesses and organisations caring for older and vulnerable people. […]

December 11, 2013 | By | Reply More
Sanctuary Care enter management agreement with Penzance care home

Sanctuary Care enter management agreement with Penzance care home

Sanctuary Care, part of Sanctuary Group, has entered into a care management agreement with St Mary’s Haven Care Home in Penzance, Cornwall. The transfer of care services at a residential care home in Penzance which will see the organisation take responsibility for the delivery of care and support to residents       Residents will […]

November 12, 2013 | By | Reply More
Czajka Care Group celebrates some residents very special birthdays

Czajka Care Group celebrates some residents very special birthdays

RECENT FIGURES from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that the number of centenarians have increased five-fold in the past 30 years. The new figures show that 12,320 people living in England and Wales are currently aged over 100 and it is estimated that 610 of these are now aged more than 105. […]

November 5, 2013 | By | Reply More
Priory Group CEO joins Walk on Wales in support of ‘Combat Stress’

Priory Group CEO joins Walk on Wales in support of ‘Combat Stress’

Tom Riall, Chief Executive of the Priory Group, took part in Walk on Wales in honour of a close family friend killed on active duty in Afghanistan. The sponsored walk along the Welsh coastal path lasted more than two months and culminated in a return to Cardiff Bay on 2 November. The walk hopes to […]

November 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
Sanctuary Supported Living achieves Investors in People accreditation

Sanctuary Supported Living achieves Investors in People accreditation

Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL) has achieved Investors in People (IIP) accreditation for the next three years. Part of leading UK housing and care provider Sanctuary Group,Sanctuary Supported Living provides accommodation and support to over 6,000 disadvantaged or vulnerable people nationwide An IIP assessor visited eight locations and met with 80 members of staff from SSL, which provides […]

October 24, 2013 | By | Reply More
Dedicated forum to address safety and health in the care sector

Dedicated forum to address safety and health in the care sector

Organisations gathered together last week  for the inaugural meeting of the Social Care Partners Forum (SCPF) which is dedicated to safety and health in care services.   Chris Jackson, National Chair of the National Association for Safety and Health in Care Services (NASHiCS) said: “This forum is a much celebrated step forward for this important and […]

October 21, 2013 | By | Reply More
Care providers do a difficult and important job and deserve fair pay

Care providers do a difficult and important job and deserve fair pay

LGA RESPONDS TO HOME CARE VISIT REVIEW ANNOUNCED BY CARE MINISTER NORMAN LAMB AT NCAS CONFERENCE   Responding to the announcement to review home care visits by Care Minister Norman Lamb in his speech at the NCAS Conference, Cllr Katie Hall, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board, said:   “Until something is […]

October 17, 2013 | By | Reply More
A Fresh Start for how care providers are inspected and regulated

A Fresh Start for how care providers are inspected and regulated

In her first major announcement as the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, today Andrea Sutcliffe has outlined her priorities for transforming how the Care Quality Commission will monitor, inspect and regulate care homes and other adult social care services, with a greater focus on public involvement and improvement. Key proposals include awarding ratings to […]

October 15, 2013 | By | Reply More
Two accolades for Gloucestershire home care provider

Two accolades for Gloucestershire home care provider

Leading Gloucestershire homecare provider DoCare is celebrating after winning two accolades at last week’s prestigious Gloucestershire Business Awards.   Stroud-based DoCare scooped Communicator of the Year and Best Employee of the Year at a glittering ceremony, which was staged at Cheltenham Racecourse and billed as the largest business award event in the UK.       […]

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