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What the care worker visa changes mean for the sector

Jemima Johnstone, head of corporate immigration at Gherson Solicitors, explores the government’s decision to make care workers eligible for the Health and Care Worker visa and add the occupation to the Shortage Occupation List.

UK media bias about the energy transition

Chris Goggin, operations director of care home hot water system supplier Rinnai UK, looks at some of the reasons why the UK media is favouring some energy vectors over others in the current era of transition to decarbonisation and net zero.

The legal challenges facing social care providers in 2022

Social care providers have again faced a challenging year in 2021 and this year looks to hold more of the same, says the social care team at law firm Royds Withy King.

Overcoming the social care staffing crisis

Adrian Grove, business development director at Qube Learning, explains how social care employers can win with incentives and recruitment via traineeships, apprenticeships, and e-learning.

Evolving safety in care homes

Dan Harding, chief executive of Sign In App, explains why it is more important than ever that care homes streamline entry and exit procedures to guarantee the safety of their residents.

Home is where the heart is

Mike Phillips, associate consultant trainer at Meaningful Care Matters (MCM), a care development group that specialises in helping providers to access a variety of support services, explains how to make a care home feel like home.

Using digital technology to transform the stigma surrounding stress

Rishi Sodha, care director at Handsale’s new Priesty Fields care home in Congleton, Chesire that opened last month, explains how care technology can ease stress in an often overloaded workforce.

Keeping your home in order this winter

Deepika Raino and Rachel Adamson of Lancashire law firm Adkirk Law explains some of the actions registered managers can take to mitigate risks and ensure CQC inspections are passed as hassle-free as possible.

How creating smarter care homes can help tackle the care crisis

Lisa Greaves, business development manager at digital tech outfit Connexin Health and a former NHS senior manager, explores how smart technology can provide a better care home environment for residents, staff and providers.

Recognising the true cost of mandating vaccination in care homes

From 11 November, all staff working in a care home must be double jabbed or exempt - if not, they cannot cross the threshold into a care home. In this article, the National Care Forum trade association explains what this really means for its members.

Ensuring care home residents get the nutrition and hydration they need

Leni Wood is the nutrition and wellness Manager at Nellsar, a family-run group of 13 care homes throughout Kent, Surrey, and Essex. Here, she explains different complexities and solutions to avoid care home resident malnutrition.

The future of social care in a post-Covid world

Tunstall Healthcare UK managing director Gavin Bashar discusses how the pandemic has shone a long overdue light on the obstacles facing the social care system and the urgency of reform.

Design lessons from environments other than care homes

Inspired by a recent stay in a hotel, care home design expert Sue Earrey of Tulip Care Environments reflects on what lessons can be learned from other environments.

Why seeing as others see is key to designing for dementia

Mark Johnstone, UK, Middle East and Ireland head of commercial at care home outfitters Altro, looks at some of the finer points of designing for residents with dementia.

The benefits of using mediation to resolve disputes in social care

Aliyyah-Begum Nasser of AOI Health explains how mediation can take the sting out of social care conflict.

Dementia-friendly design: better care homes for supported living

James Botterill, director of RIBA-Chartered HSSP Architects, extols the virtues of designing a safe, ‘home from home’ for dementia residents.

Do social care complexities cast doubt on the government's ‘fix’?

Jennifer Johnston, occupational disease team associate at law firm BLM, pens a critique of the government’s plans to boost social care funding through an increase in national insurance contributions.

How to prepare for compulsory vaccination

Toyah Marshall of law firm Ellis Whittam explains what employers need to know about the requirement for mandatory vaccination of care home staff.

The importance of fire safety in care homes

Critical equipment and services provider JLA explains how senior care home managers can keep residents and staff as safe as possible when it comes to fire safety.

World Alzheimer's Month: delivering outstanding dementia care

Theresa McNally, creative practice manager at Care Quality Commission ‘Outstanding’-rated dementia care specialist Vida Healthcare, shares her top tips for providing an outstanding level of care.

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