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Channel 4 commissions film set in Covid-hit care home

Channel 4 has commissioned a film set in a fictional Liverpool care home at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic last spring.

Person Centred Software partners with NHS Digital for GP data

Care technology provider Person Centred Software (PCS) has hooked up with NHS Digital’s GP Connect service to bring patient information directly to care homes in England.

Green: Spending Review leaves social care in the cold

Care England has condemned extra funding for social care unveiled by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his Spending Review as leaving the sector “in the cold” as it battles the pandemic this winter.

Care homes urged to think carefully on Christmas bubbles

The government has urged care homes, residents, and their families in England to think “very carefully” about joining a household for Christmas amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Frogmore hops on for £26.3m loan to build Westminster home

Real estate investment manager Frogmore has completed a £26.3m loan deal with OakNorth Bank to build a 35-bed specialist dementia care home in the City of Westminster.

Well Pharmacy take dose of MED e-care for care home services

National pharmacy chain Well has formed a partnership with MED e-care to provide care homes with the latter’s eMAR (electronic medication administration record) service.

Residents to be allowed two visitors twice a week

Care home residents will be allowed two visitors twice a week by end of year in England as part of the government’s Covid-19 winter plan.

Care England: stopping staff movement between homes won't work

The government’s proposals to ban the movement of social care workers between care homes will struggle to work in practice, according to Care England.

Care sector adapted ‘immensely well’ to Covid - Knight Frank

The UK care home sector has adapted “immensely well” to the challenges posed by Covid-19, resulting in a resilient trading performance, according to the UK Care Homes Trading Performance Review 2020 by property advisers Knight Frank.

Wales rolls out £3m visitor pods pilot

Temporary pods are to be provided to care homes across Wales to better facilitate visits over Christmas and the winter months.

Legal challenge against government Covid measures clears hurdle

A legal challenge over government decisions and measures taken in relation to care homes during the early stages of the pandemic has cleared a key hurdle in the High Court.

Brendoncare home picked for coronavirus testing trial

Brendoncare’s Meadway care home in Winchester has been selected as one of 20 sites across the country to take part in a four-week trial for rapid testing of visitors.

Signature invests in 15-minute Covid antigen tests

Signature Senior Lifestyle is to invest in 15-minute Covid antigen tests to enhance the safety of residents receiving visitors to its care homes.

DHSC expands care home Covid immune response study

A government-backed study to test care home staff and residents for their immune response to Covid-19 is to triple in size to provide a detailed picture of infection in England.

Advinia opens special care units for elderly Covid patients

Advinia Health Care has opened dedicated Covid-19 isolation units across the Midlands and North of England to ease pressure on the NHS and help prevent the virus spreading through care homes.

Nellsar appeals for more men to consider career in care

Nellsar, a family-run group of homes across Surrey, Essex and Kent, is marking International Men’s Day (19 November) by urging more men to consider a career in social care.

NCF: ‘Shocking’ lack of Covid tests for supported living residents

Just 1.3 per cent of supported living services or extra care housing schemes in England operated by National Care Forum (NCF) members are getting access to the single round of Covid testing promised by the government, according to a survey.

Northants Council takes over quartet of homes from Shaw Healthcare

Northamptonshire County Council is taking over responsibility for the delivery of care services at four homes from Shaw Healthcare.

McCarthy & Stone carves charitable foundation

Retirement community developer McCarthy & Stone has launched a charitable foundation to celebrate, champion and defend the role of older people.

Scotland pushes button on £1m digital device fund

The Scottish government has launched a £1m fund to provide around 1,400 care homes with digital devices to connect those receiving care with their loved ones.