Recruitment platform aims to sign up 100,000 social care staff

Join Social Care, a recruitment platform previously operated in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), has launched an independent offering to attract 100,000 new candidates into the UK care sector.

South London care home to stand tall with OakNorth loan

OakNorth Bank has provided a £4.4m loan to complete construction of a new care home in South London that would have otherwise been delayed due to Covid-19.

Morgan Sindall Later Living renamed Lovell Later Living

Morgan Sindall Group has rolled its Later Living business into its sister firm Lovell to become a new division named Lovell Later Living.

Three-quarters of care providers 'eyeing no jab, no job policy'

Nearly three-quarters of social care providers would like to make a Covid vaccination a condition of employment for new members of staff, according to a poll by social care law firm Royds Withy King.

LNT Care Developments seeks investment to spur growth

LNT Group has appointed Goldman Sachs to secure external investors in its care home development business.

Greater Manchester care homes log on to Covid symptom app

More than 130 care homes in Greater Manchester are using an app to allow the NHS to monitor Covid-19 symptoms and support over 4,000 residents.

Weekly Covid-related care home resident deaths fall by a third

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales fell by 31 per cent on the previous week, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

UNISON: get tough on tax with care operators

A UNISON-backed report has called on the government to clamp down on internationally-owned UK care home operators that the trade union claims are ​not paying their fair share of taxes.

Barchester on track for Devon home summer opening

Barchester Healthcare’s under-construction Raleigh Manor dementia care home in Exmouth is on track to open this summer after it reached the topping out stage of the build.

Whitty: care staff have professional responsibility to get jabs

England chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty has told social care staff and other front-line care workers they have a “professional responsibility” to have Covid jabs amid sluggish take-up rates.

Cornerstone Healthcare unveils £10m plan for Somerset care centre

Cornerstone Healthcare Group is to develop a 74-bed care centre in Somerset to add to its portfolio of highly specialised care homes.

Scotland to allow two designated visitors from early March

The Scottish government has confirmed care home residents will be allowed two designated visitors and one visit a week for each from next month.

Care organisations give qualified welcome to visitor guidance

Care home organisations have given tentative backing to new government guidance that will allow residents one visitor from 8 March as part of the Prime Minister’s roadmap to ease lockdown restrictions.

Hallmark, Savista Developments launch Care Accelerator programme

Care provider Hallmark Care Homes and sister outfit Savista Developments have launched an inter-company programme, Care Accelerator, designed to foster to leadership and innovation skills.

Surrey care leader steps down after 48 years in industry

Erica Lockhart, chief executive of the Surrey Care Association (SCA), is to retire at the end of March following 48 years of service to the care industry.

Lockdown roadmap ‘must include care home visits by 1 March’

A group of leading care organisations have called on the government to resume care home visits by 1 March.

Hunt chases government on social care reform plans

Health and Social Care select committee chairman Jeremy Hunt has pressed the government for detail on plans to reform social care, calling for a genuine long-term solution after previous “false dawns”.

SCIE calls for national strategy on housing with care

Government must commit to finding ways to improve the quality and quantity of housing that facilitates care and support, according to a report commissioned by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

brighterkind wins platinum Feefo customer service award

brighterkind, are part of Four Seasons Health Care Group, has become the first major care home provider in the UK to win a Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award.

Death rate of care home residents drops 13 per cent

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales fell by 13 per cent in the first week of February, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.