social care

Society’s social care training benefits residents and staff alike

Royal Alfred's Anne Kasey on social care training

Anne Kasey, Home Manager and Clinical Lead for maritime charity, the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, discusses the importance of investing in training in the social care sector and how it benefits residents…

It doesn’t matter which sector one operates in – having the right staff for the job is paramount to the success of any business. In the social care industry, this is more important than anywhere as staff are fundamental to the health and wellbeing of residents and have a duty of care to fulfil. 

Autumn Budget 2018 - what it means for healthcare

Philip Hammond, who has announced the Autumn Budget

Chancellor Phillip Hammond has announced the government’s Autumn Budget. He promised: “A budget for hard working families who live their lives far from this place and care little for the twists and turns of Westminster politics.”

Over the past year, Brexit has affected the workforce as many European staff feel their future is uncertain, and the number of EU nationals registering as nurses in England dropped by 92% following the 2016 referendum (see

YPO invests in social care offering by appointing former Local Authority Commissioner and Public Health Lead

social care manager andy perrins

YPO, the UK’s largest publicly owned buying organisation, has boosted its Social Care team with the appointment of Andy Perrins and Lesley Harper as Category Managers.

Andy Perrins brings a wealth of operational experience to YPO having previously worked with a range of local authorities and social care providers. Most recently, he has supported the transition of Public Health from the NHS and subsequent procurement of many of the services, working closely with commissioners and providers to design innovative services that deliver.

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Childcare voucher-style scheme proposed to tackle social care crisis

social care vouchers proposal

The County Councils Network has warned that social care funding will face a £2.5bn gap by 2019-20. This problem should not surprise anybody, as forecasts over the last several years have predicted this.

There have been few practical suggestions to solve this problem, however a new salary sacrifice scheme similar to childcare vouchers has been proposed as a way to partly fund the future of adult social care. 

Currently, there is no obvious and financially viable solution to this problem despite predictions that the issue will continue to worsen. 

Driving innovation in the social care sector will change perception

Innovation in social care - Ross Peet

Ross Peet, managing partner at ideas agency Yes&Pepper, on changing perceptions of social care roles…

When public perception and industry data combined are helping to shape an uneasy reality, it’s time to make a change. Such is the lot of social care today. After reading that despite increased demand for social care, there are severe recruitment and retention issues because more nurses are leaving their jobs than joining for the first time in history. And expensive HR campaigns aren’t delivering the much needed resource this country requires. We started analysing the branding crisis that is driving people’s anxiety and concerns about the home care services sector.

High Quality Care is a Winner

Social Care

At RedRoyal Consultancy our passion is to raise the standards of Health and Social Care in pursuit of excellence. At the centre of any Health Care and Support, the emphasis must always be on the individual customer. The Care and Support therefore should always support the individual to live as independently as possible, maintaining their rights, dignity, health and wellbeing. 

'NHS funding gap is preventing an integrated health and social care service'

health and social care Tim Barclay

Tim Barclay, CEO of Appello, talks to Care & Nursing Essentials about why the Government needs to follow through with promises to integrate health and social care.

"With a wider remit, and a new job title following the latest cabinet reshuffle, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Jeremy Hunt has the unenviable task of finding funds to plug large holes in both the NHS and social care budgets. While we do not yet know how the newly formed Department of Health and Social Care will arrange its funding pools, but there is no doubt that he will need to find a significant amount of funding to relieve current, and future pressures – with some estimates at around £2.5bn by 2019-20 for social care and a further £30bn by 2020/21 for the NHS.

Revolutionising social care with a ’’care chains’’ model

Revolutionising social care with a ’’care chains’’ model

By Dr Ben Maruthappu, co-founder and CEO of homecare start-up Cera

Two years ago, the NHS introduced a hospital chain system, similar to that which is already in place in Germany, in a bid to permit more collaborative working, and enable greater patient access to leading clinicians nationwide. This allowed highly respected institutions like Moorfields eye hospital in London and Manchester’s Christie cancer centre, to provide specialist services to patients in distant parts of the UK for the first time.

Industry shortlist honour for local care force

Industry shortlist honour for local care force

Healthcare staffing agency Local Care Force, which has offices in Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Nursing Times award in Improved Patient Safety.

Local Care Force is the only agency to be shortlisted across all categories and over 200 entries, and is up against large healthcare institutions such as the NHS and Virgin Healthcare.

Created in 2004 by former healthcare professional Leanne Silverwood, Local Care Force supplies workers to the nursing, healthcare and social care sectors. The agency has 50 staff, comprised of recruiters, medical professionals and medical trainers.

New framework puts people at the heart of health and social care

New framework puts people at the heart of health and social care

A new framework that aims to support a patient-centred approach for health and social care has been announced today. 

This approach, outlined in the Five Year Forward View, puts people, families and communities at the heart of health, care and wellbeing. It encourages people to speak with staff about what is important to them, helping to develop a shared understanding of what matters to them.

Conference to explore the introduction of accreditating restraint training

Restraint Reduction experts are set to explore the practical and policy solutions for minimising the use of restraint, including a debate on the merits of accrediting restraint training, at this year’s Restraint Reduction Network European Conference in Birmingham. 
Leading figures from across the health, social care, policy, education and policing sectors will participate in the Conference in Birmingham, on the 6th and 7th October, sharing their insights into best practice and the policy solutions for restraint reduction. 

Largest national event for health and social care which returns to ExCeL, London on 29th - 30th June 2016

Join over 9,000 senior health care professionals at the largest national event for health and social care which returns to ExCeL, London on 29th - 30th June 2016.

Health+Care will be home to a 17 stream programme, covering the most important topics that are facing the health and social care sector. Delegates to Health+Care will walk away from the conference with brand new skills and insight which will help them tackle a massively unstable financial future and dramatically evolving care landscape.





Guide to care and support in Cornwall

Guide to care and support in Cornwall – a crucial time for independent information

A new, updated, independent care services directory has been published today which gives readers crucial information on how to access, and pay for, care services throughout Cornwall.

With the Government recently postponing plans to cap the costs of social care, it’s never been more important to have impartial information to guide you through choosing and paying for care and support. The directory helps readers to understand their options, highlights where to go for advice and gives information on how the paying for care system works.

With no cap on care costs at present, this information is invaluable to help navigate the system.