Care homes

  • HMJ: Health in the North hit hardest by COVID-19, finds report

    14 September 2021

    Northerners were more likely to die and be hospitalised due to COVID-19 in the first year of the pandemic compared with the rest of England, a report has found.

  • Farrans awarded care home contract

    16 August 2021

    Plans for a new £13m care home in Leighton Buzzard have moved a step closer after Central Bedfordshire Council awarded Farrans the build contract.

  • Why choice is crucial

    10 August 2021

    Baroness Claire Fox worries that making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for those working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England is illiberal.

  • COVID vaccines to be mandatory for care home staff

    17 June 2021

    The Government has confirmed everyone working in a Care Quality Commission-registered care home in England will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • Budgeting in volatile times

    16 June 2021

    As we transition to a post-COVID world, councils are going to have to ‘learn quickly in real time’ how to handle levels of demand and price volatility never seen before in the sector, says Gary Fielding.

  • What next for the social care market?

    16 June 2021

    Martin Samuels sets out five principles we can draw on in creating a sustainable market in social care and says we must not allow fear to stop us moving forward.

  • Squeezing the balloon

    16 June 2021

    Resources for social care are down and demand is pent up and rising says Iain MacBeath, but now must be the time to realise people’s ambitions for more flexible personalised support.

  • Care for life

    08 June 2021

    Claims the Government put a protective shield around care homes were ‘complete nonsense,’ according to Dominic Cummings. Martin Green says the focus being on the NHS ‘wreaked havoc, destruction and sadly many avoidable deaths’.

  • Cummings: Care home shielding claim nonsense

    27 May 2021

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s former chief adviser has described government suggestions that care homes were shielded in the pandemic as ‘complete nonsense’.

  • Connecting up for care and wellbeing

    26 May 2021

    New remote monitoring approaches in London should enable care home residents and those living with long-term conditions in their own housing to get the healthcare they need, says Fay Sibley.

  • Government announces £50m boost for care leavers

    24 May 2021

    The Government today announced a £51m funding boost to help councils support care leavers and have launched a consultation on improving the quality of housing for those leaving care.

  • White van man on... care homes

    21 April 2021

    Funny ain’t it how while our attention is on the virus, prices start creeping up like we’re not going to notice.

  • Vaccine may be made compulsory for care home staff

    14 April 2021

    Staff in English care homes with older adults may be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine in a bid to tackle hesitancy within the sector.

  • It’s time for councils to step up and give a lead on care home visiting

    23 February 2021

    Local authorities should support local care homes to find creative ways to open up to relatives, says Claire Fox.

  • Greater Manchester’s healthy case for digital innovation

    22 February 2021

    COVID-19 is accelerating digital health and social care innovation in Greater Manchester, including work to understand the support needed by Troubled Families, and to help care homes track cases of the virus, says Lou Cordwell.

  • New review puts case for a National Care Service in Scotland

    11 February 2021

    An independent review of adult care services in Scotland has called for urgent improvements in workforce planning, pay and conditions, and a rethink on charging policies.

  • Confident about care

    09 February 2021

    Hertfordshire CC’s new director of adult care services Chris Badger talks to Ann McGauran about investing in extra care housing, COVID’s legacy of loneliness, care market sustainability, and developing diverse teams.

  • Planning for when the blight lifts

    15 January 2021

    Westminster City Council’s leader Rachael Robathan says the central Government funding system to help businesses stand on their own two feet must be in place when lockdown eventually lifts.

  • Why I refused to support discharging COVID positive patients into our care homes

    08 January 2021

    Leader of Enfield LBC Cllr Nesil Caliskan explains why patients with COVID must not be admitted to the borough’s care homes during the second wave.

  • Give local councils freedoms on workforce vaccination

    06 January 2021

    Councils need the freedoms and flexibilities to determine which parts of their workforce should be prioritised for vaccination, whether they fit the official ‘key worker’ definition or not, says Paul Najsarek.