Union slams ‘chronic lack’ of PPE at Berkshire care home

The GMB trade union has condemned a “chronic lack” of personal protective equipment (PPE) and “ineffective” social distancing methods for workers at the Riverview care home near Reading in Berkshire.

Measures needed to protect care residents from Covid-19 - report

A new report calls for measures to protect elderly people in long-term care facilities and their caregivers who are particularly vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Saint Cecilia’s rewards staff with pay rise

North Yorkshire provider Saint Cecilia’s Care Group is rewarding staff who are on the front-line in the fight against coronavirus with a Covid-19 pay bonus.

Exemplar dishes up free meals for care workers

Nursing home provider Exemplar Health Care is offering employees access to free meals and food deliveries during the Covid-19 crisis.

Nightingale Place retirement village sings for Audley in London

Retirement village developer Audley has completed the £125m Nightingale Place in London following a two-year development.

Job retention scheme ‘offers lifeline to care providers’

New guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) issued by the UK government can provide a possible lifeline to care providers struggling to recruit staff, according to specialist employment law firm Royds Withy King.

My Learning Cloud launches Covid-19 skills training

Online professional development outfit My Learning Cloud has launched a Skills for Care-backed Covid-19 training initiative.

Log my Care creates coronavirus return to work form

IT software outfit Log My Care has created a downloadable return-to-work form for care professionals affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Brunelcare builds South Gloucestershire bridges

Brunelcare has opened the Little Heath care home and reablement centre in Cadbury Heath in South Gloucestershire after a two-year build.

Norwegian start-up puts video cycling pedal to the metal

Norwegian start-up Motitech has launched free three-month trials of its virtual cycling concept to enable UK care home residents to take part in physical activity while self-isolating.

Country Court delivers care packages to 2000 staff

Some 2000 staff at Country Court’s 32 care homes are to receive a package consisting of over 20 items including food, drink and basic provisions to help with day-to-day life during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Cheshire home offers 30-bed unit to NHS hospital

Weston Park care home in Cheshire has offered a 30-bed unit to nearby Macclesfield District General Hospital free of charge in order to support the NHS during the Covid-19 outbreak.

UK government to create PPE parallel supply chain

The UK government is to establish a parallel supply chain (PSC) with the help of the Army to ensure care providers have sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.

Britton Price to launch online Covid-19 care skills course

Britton Price Training will next week launch an online safe people handling essential skills course for use during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Chartered surveyors ECY plot dedicated care team

Chartered surveyor firm Edward Cooper Young (ECY) has established a dedicated care team within its practice.

German private equity outfit completes Armstrong acquisition

German private equity outfit Aurelius Equity Opportunities has completed the acquisition of Armstrong Ceiling Solutions from Knauf International.

Coronavirus: Care sector demands urgent staff legislation change

A group of care sector representative bodies has written to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnston calling for furloughed workers to be allowed to get paid employment in the sector without financial penalty amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus: Care England publishes operational advice for providers

Care England has published wide-ranging advice for its social care provider membership concerning operational issues arising from the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus: British Legion launches care staff recruitment drive

The Royal British Legion is seeking new staff members to support its UK care homes in in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus: Lawyers seek government job retention scheme clarity

Law firm Royds Withy King is calling for urgent clarification that health and social care providers will be able to benefit from the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).