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Care Recruitment

The CEO of Home Instead UK has urged his fellow care providers to “keep banging the drum” and highlight the “many career opportunities” available in the sector amid continued staff shortages. In a guest column below, he explores the Department of Health and Social Care’s latest recruitment campaign and discusses... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
HRM Homecare, one of Scotland’s largest care at home specialists, has joined forces with youth charity the Prince’s Trust in Scotland to set up a new project aimed at encouraging more young people to consider a long-term career in care. Five young adults aged between 16 and 30 were selected... Read more
Published on: 13 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
Live-in care provider Promedica24 has announced that it has increased investment in the recruitment and development of its UK workforce by over 200%. The company said it plans to channel funds into upscaling recruitment and onboarding processes for a more streamlined hiring journey and increasing pay for carers above market... Read more
Published on: 13 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
Home care group Respectful Care has announced “record-breaking growth” after recruiting 52 carers last month. The group, which provides home care services in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, said it has taken on “more carers than ever before” despite concerns of staff shortages in the sector. With its new additions,... Read more
Published on: 19 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
A new pilot scheme will see home care providers working in partnership with one another to overcome the current recruitment crisis and prevent the handback of care packages. Launching in Gloucestershire, Operation Formation Skydive will see providers swapping and sharing visits, providing office and transport support, and sharing data and... Read more
Published on: 19 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
The news follows the announcement of a £162.5m retention and recruitment fund to support care home and home care providers. The post Guidance issued on £162m Workforce Recruitment and Retention Fund appeared first on Home Care Insight.... Read more
Published on: 25 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
The government has pledged to highlight rewarding career opportunities in adult social care in its latest recruitment campaign, which launches today. The ‘Made with Care’ campaign will run across, broadcast and social media until March 2022, telling the public “there’s no better time to become a care worker” and encourage... Read more
Published on: 25 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
The ring-fenced funded, which is available until the end of March 2022, will support the recruitment of staff and help retain existing workers. The post Adult social care receives £162m for workforce retention and recruitment appeared first on Home Care Insight.... Read more
Published on: 1 month ago
By Sarah Clarke
Join Social Care, which launched independently earlier this year, has already introduced 60,000 people into the care sector. The post Recruitment platform launches campaign to hire 40,000 carers in next six months appeared first on Home Care Insight.... Read more
Published on: 1 month ago
By Sarah Clarke

Home Care

A care worker based at Bluebird Care Croydon has won a 'putting people first award' at the London Care Awards.... Read more
Published on: 2 days ago
Source: Home Care
Nearly two-thirds (62 per cent) of unpaid carers said they had given up opportunities at work because of a lack of understanding from employers and a lack of social care, new report reveals.... Read more
Published on: 2 days ago
Source: Home Care
The Health Minister in Northern Ireland has announced a support package of up to £23 million for domiciliary care and the wider social care sector. Robin Swann said the funding will enable employers to offer improved rates of pay and attract more staff into the domiciliary care and care home... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
Deepish Patel said his company has already been forced to withdraw services across England and Wales due to staffing issues. The post Vaccine mandate to push Radis Community Care to ‘bursting point’, warns founder appeared first on Home Care Insight.... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
The Labour leader said the plans broke a manifesto pledge that nobody would have to sell their home to pay for care. The post Starmer dubs PM’s social care plans a ‘working class dementia tax’ appeared first on Home Care Insight.... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
The CEO of Home Instead UK has urged his fellow care providers to “keep banging the drum” and highlight the “many career opportunities” available in the sector amid continued staff shortages. In a guest column below, he explores the Department of Health and Social Care’s latest recruitment campaign and discusses... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
The president for ADASS has warned social care “cannot make do and mend any longer” and calls on the government to fulfil its promise of a once-in-generation transformation of care and support for older and disabled people.... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
Source: Home Care
Reasons behind staff leaving the health and social care sectors and how to tackle them will be examined in a new inquiry launched this week. Workforce recruitment and training will also be explored by the Health and Social Care Committee. The committee said it has heard repeatedly that more staff... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
By Sarah Clarke
A new group will be set up to explore the creation of a National Care Service in Wales. Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford (pictured) and Plaid Cymru leader Adam Price said in their 2021 Coorporation Agreement that the group will support their shared ambition to create the service, which will... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
By Sarah Clarke

Care Homes

A care home in Dewsbury has been put in special measures, after inspectors found residents sat all day in the lounge areas with no stimulation apart from the television.... Read more
Published on: 2 days ago
Source: Care Home
A care worker in Buckinghamshire braved the pain when residents and colleagues waxed his hairy legs and gave him a buzzcut, raising over £800 for BBC Children in Need.... Read more
Published on: 2 days ago
Source: Care Home
Salford now has a £15m care home with a nail bar, hair salon and landscaped gardens.... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
Source: Care Home
A care home in Sway has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, with inspectors praising staff for caring for residents with ‘kindness, compassion and sensitivity’.... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
Source: Care Home
The government has changed its guidance for care homes in England and lifted the restrictions on care staff working in more than one home, if there are ‘capacity concerns and to ensure continuity of care’.... Read more
Published on: 4 days ago
Source: Care Home
Support Social Care Heroes has been set up to recognise the sacrifices that care workers make and support them by offering person-centred, holistic wellbeing programmes.... Read more
Published on: 5 days ago
Source: Care Home
A seven-year-old has spent every evening this month reading a bedtime story to residents at a care home in Wymondham.... Read more
Published on: 5 days ago
Source: Care Home
MPs have voted in favour of an amendment to the social care cap, meaning some of the poorest homeowners in England will have to sell their houses to pay for care, with more protection given to wealthier homeowners, Boris Johnson narrowly succeeded in getting MPs to back his social care... Read more
Published on: 5 days ago
Source: Care Home
PJ Care, which providers specialist neurological care, has lost 24 specialist staff with a combined experience of 87 years, due to the mandatory Covid vaccine which became law on 11 November.... Read more
Published on: 6 days ago
Source: Care Home

Care - Generic

There are no nationally set restrictions on friends and family visiting their loved ones in care homes, the Government has announced. This newly updated guidance applied from 25th November 2021 and replaces previous guidance on care home visiting. The guidance applies to residential care homes. There is separate guidance for... Read more
Published on: 2 days ago
By adminuser
The National Care Forum (NCF) has published a new Impact Report today, which highlights how the NCF supported providers during the pandemic. From the start of the pandemic, the NCF played a pivotal role in supporting care providers, both those within its membership and in the wider sector and the... Read more
Published on: 2 days ago
By adminuser
People experiencing suicidal thoughts or approaching a crisis will be supported by a £5m boost to suicide prevention charities, following increased demand during the pandemic. The suicide prevention Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector saw an increase in the number of individuals seeking support –  with some services seeing... Read more
Published on: 2 days ago
By adminuser
A Bill focused on improving the lives of those living with Down Syndrome is expected to clear its first Commons hurdle today, after the Government announced it will support it to become law. The Down Syndrome Bill has been introduced as Dr Liam Fox’s Private Member’s Bill. Dr Fox was... Read more
Published on: 2 days ago
By adminuser
To coincide with Carers Rights Day, Carers UK published new research today to review the impact of the pandemic on carers’ work and how much support has been offered by employers. Carers UK is encouraging carers to find out about their rights and entitlements so that they get support at... Read more
Published on: 3 days ago
By adminuser
The Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Adult Social Services (ADASS) have both called on the Government this week to take urgent action to address the care funding crisis. New analysis by the Local Government Association (LGA) reveals that social care-providing authorities, are now spending more than 60% of... Read more
Published on: 4 days ago
By adminuser
MPs backed an amendment to the Health and Care Bill last night, to implement the Government's version of the social care cap. The reforms include a cap – or limit – on the amount people will have to pay towards their personal care. It will be set at £86,000. After... Read more
Published on: 5 days ago
By adminuser
A coalition of charities and membership organisations are calling on the Health Secretary to take immediate action to help older people return home from hospital. In an open letter to Sajid Javid, the National Care Forum, British Geriatrics Society, Age UK, Independent Age, Care England and the Chartered Society of... Read more
Published on: 6 days ago
By adminuser
A new research project has been launched to understand the impact of COVID-19 in older people’s care homes and the workforce. The National Care Forum (NCF) is involved in the research project and is working with Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick and University College London. The project... Read more
Published on: 9 days ago
By adminuser

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