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Government confirms early discussions on overseas care home recruitment

Reports that the government is considering ways to boost care home staffing through overseas recruitment ...
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NHS leaders urge government to take action regarding rising numbers of people falling sick

NHS leaders across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are warning of rising numbers of people ...
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EXCLUSIVE: Overseas recruitment plan ‘too little, too late’, says care home boss

Writing exclusively for Caring Times, Tony Stein, chief executive of Healthcare Management Solutions, says reported ...
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Wales launches consultation on improving social care services

A consultation on measures designed to improve social care services has been launched in Wales.
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Tory voters back Truss over Sunak to fix social care

Tory voters think Liz Truss is more likely thank Rishi Sunak to fix social care, ...
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Social care staff to benefit from improved career options and training

Hundreds of thousands of training opportunities will be available for social care staff to develop ...
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DHSC to consult on adult social care charging

stribution of funding to support the reform of the adult social care charging system for ...
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Adult Social Care needs immediate funding injection and long-term plan

The government urgently needs to come forward with additional funding this year to help the ...
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Health secretary Steve Barclay advises care sector to hire migrant workers rejected by NHS for lack of language skills

Health Secretary Steve Barclay has suggested tackling the recruitment crisis in the care sector by ...
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MPs warn that England’s ‘ravaged’ social care sector needs urgent cash injection 

The cross-party Levelling Up, Housing and Communities committee has published its report today on the ...
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Scottish private homes planned to come under freedom of information law

Private care homes in Scotland will be subject to laws on freedom of information (FOI) ...
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Government’s accessibility standards welcome, says Hft

Learning disability charity Hft, whose services include supported housing, has welcomed the government’s proposal to ...
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Florence boss dismisses Sunak’s “short-term fix”

Rishi Sunak’s announcement that he will introduce a £10 fine for missed NHS GP and ...
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Experts pan government’s progress on NHS and social care workforce commitments

independent experts tasked with assessing the government’s progresses against commitments it has made concerning the ...
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Supreme court rules on part-time workers’ holiday pay

In a landmark case the Supreme Court has ruled that part-time workers should not have ...
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Averting a Crisis report: “Many problems in the social care sector stem from a fundamental underappreciation of its workforce”

A new report by policy institute Public Policy Projects has found the need for significant ...
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Report published on human rights in care settings

Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has published a report on protecting human rights in ...
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Technological guidance published for charging reform

The Department of Health and Social Care has published guidance around the technical specification for ...
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NHS faces backlog of 6.6m patients

NHS England and NHS Improvement have released statistics reveal that 6.6 million people are waiting ...
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National Care Forum appeals to Tory hopefuls

With the Conservative Party’s leadership contest well under way, the National Care Forum calls on ...
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Call to apply for palliative care Fellowships

Churchill Fellowship, in partnership with the Burdett Trust for Nursing and Marie Curie, is creating ...
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Swann announces plan to combat Serious Adverse Incidents

Health minister Robin Swann has announced plans to improve the Serious Adverse Incident review process ...
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Innovative thinking to tackle planned care backlog in Wales

NHS organisations in Wales are taking immediate and direct action to address waiting times and ...
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Government delays giving all self-funders access to council care home rates

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has delayed giving all self-funders the right ...
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More investment needed in common European action on care

EU member states must recognise the right to care and reform their social services to ...
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Government unveils plan for digital health and social care

The government today revealed its plan for digital health and social care, setting out its ...
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Prime Minister launches public inquiry into Covid-19 response

Boris Johnson has announced the launch of a Covid-19 public inquiry into the preparations and ...
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Integrated Care Systems launch this week

From Friday, Integrated Care Systems will change the way health and care services are planned, ...
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National Care Service Bill will include visiting rights for residents

The National Care Service Bill has been proposed to make Scottish ministers accountable for adult ...
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Javid sets out government’s strategy to NHS professionals

Speaking at the NHS Confed Expo conference in Liverpool yesterday health and social care secretary ...
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Patients to have greater access to GP records through the NHS App with new data strategy 

Millions of patients will benefit from faster, more innovative treatment and diagnosis following the publication ...
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Biggest shake-up in health and social care leadership in a generation to improve patient care

The Department of Health and Social Care has accepted the recommendations published in a landmark ...
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Scottish government publishes new guidance on visiting restrictions

The Scottish government has removed limits on the length of visits and number of visitors ...
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“We start off with a new policy” – CQC chief executive at Health Plus Care

The Care Quality Commission wants to make certain that it gets information from those it ...
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Thinking about today’s problems with tomorrow’s lens – Health Plus Care panel

To frame the future, we have to look at the reality of now, Adam Doyle, ...
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Javid meets care leaders to discuss social care funding concerns

The secretary of state for health and social care Sajid Javid met care leaders representing ...
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Funding increased for nursing in care homes

Funding for nursing in care homes is being increased to support tens of thousands of ...
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Hartford Care to pay Real Living Wage

Care provider Hartford Care has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.
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Government won’t appeal high court ruling on unlawful care home discharge policies

Following last week’s ruling that policies were "unlawful" for failing to take into account the ...
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Scottish care homes “safest possible environment”, said deputy first minister

Following the High Court ruling in England, Scottish first minister John Swinney said that the ...
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Migration Advisory Committee report says carers should be paid more 

Carers should be paid a higher minimum wage and made permanently eligible for work visas ...
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‘Unfair’ exclusion from care bonus for some Welsh care workers

The Welsh government is to award around 53,000 registered care home and home care workers ...
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Adult Social Care Committee publishes call for evidence

Parliament’s Adult Social Care Committee has published its call for evidence, inviting the public to ...
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Care employers get together for Ukraine

Care employers have been working together to understand how they can provide a meaningful employment ...
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Scottish care home residents can have loved ones as carers

The Scottish government has announced new Health and Social Care Standards for care homes, reinforcing ...
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People Plan for Social Care launched at the House of Lords

Last Monday The Institute of Health and Social Care Management (IHSCM) launched its People Plan ...
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Free Covid-19 tests for care staff once universal testing ends 

Free Covid-19 tests will continue to be available to help protect specific groups, including eligible ...
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Swann announces £1m grants from Support for Carers Fund

Northern Ireland’s health minister Robin Swann has announced the allocation of more than £1 million ...
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Welsh Social Care Transition Plan sets out new care home arrangements and changes to testing

A timetable for changes to Wales’ Test Trace Protect service is being published as part ...
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Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care Board set to close

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) will officially close on 31 March 2022, with ...
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Five authorities to test social care charging reform

Five local authorities in England will implement the new adult social care charging system earlier ...
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Social care providers to receive extra funding

The government today announced that local authorities in England will be given money to help ...
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Sector responds to government’s Spring Statement

National Care Forum (NCF) and Access Social Care have let their feelings be known about ...
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Sajid Javid at #FacingtheFuture: “We’re at a crossroads where there is no turning back”

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid closed Care England’s first in-person ...
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Committee questions what happens to staff dismissed due to mandatory vaccination regulations 

Following the revocation of two sets of regulations that made full vaccination against Covid-19 a ...
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Patient data extracted to support policymaking on NHS-funded social care

The Department of Health and Social Care is aiming to support policymakers by extracting patient ...
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Open consultation on operational guidance to implement a lifetime cap on care costs

The Department of Health and Social Care is updating the rules on how people pay ...
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Underfunded social care reforms trigger concerns of council ‘budget black hole’

As councils plan their budgets for next year, concerns are growing that the government’s reforms ...
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Independent Care Group condemns plans to make visitors pay to test

The Independent Care Group has urged the government to reverse its proposal to make care ...
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NHS too ‘hierarchical’ and ‘centralised’ to get greater social care role, says Baroness

Crossbench peer, writer and former Number 10 adviser Baroness Camilla Cavendish’s report on her 2020 ...
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Sajid Javid: “All social care providers to adopt a digital record”

Following his ‘road to recovery’ tour, health secretary Sajid Javid has given a speech at ...
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Boris Johnson scraps free Covid-19 tests for care home visitors 

The prime minister’s spokesman has confirmed that people vising relatives in care homes will no ...
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Care home residents offered spring booster jab

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid has issued a statement offering an additional Covid-19 ...
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Jeremy Hunt: long-awaited response is a “missed opportunity” to tackle staff shortages

The government has missed an opportunity to alleviate the workforce crisis in the NHS and ...
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Visiting restrictions relaxed in Northern Irish care homes

Health minister Robin Swann has confirmed the further relaxation of restrictions around visiting care homes ...
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Care worker immigration rules relaxed

Social care providers will be able to recruit overseas workers to fill vacancies under relaxed ...
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Sajid Javid goes on ‘road to recovery’ tour

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid is taking to the road in England this ...
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Charity issues warning on ‘social care cap’

Ahead of the House of Lords debate in the next few weeks on the Health ...
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New plans to join up health and social care announced

A new Integration White Paper has been announced, setting out a vision for an integrated ...
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Councils given boost of more than £1 billion for social care

Councils in England will have access to a share of £54.1 billion in funding for ...
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Government launches housing-with-care taskforce

strong focus on housing-with care, has been announced by the government. 
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Care sector responds to vaccine U-turn speculation

Health and social care secretary Sajid Javid has announced that regulations making vaccines a condition ...
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Social care restrictions eased to allow unlimited visiting

Restrictions in place to prevent the spread of Omicron in adult social care are being ...
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“Huge opportunity missed” – Johnson’s tax hike will mostly benefit the NHS, say care leaders

“Huge opportunity missed” – government’s tax hike will mostly benefit the NHS, say care leaders
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“No jab, no job” policy pushing care sector to “crisis point”

Care providers have appealed for urgent Government action as increasing numbers of care homes experience ...
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The new Health and Care Bill: what it means for you

The new Health and Care Bill: what it means for you
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