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Care home nurse scoops top NHS England prize

A care home manager has been recognised by NHS England's top nurse as part of its Chief Nursing Officer Awards – the first time a nurse in a care home setting has been recognised in the awards.

Four Seasons administrators ‘preparing care homes sale’

The administrators of Four Seasons Health Care are preparing to sell the troubled chain of care homes 20 months after its collapse, according to newspaper reports.

HC-One poised to open doors in first York home

HC-One is to open its Mossdale Residence care home in York providing residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 80 residents on 5 January.

CareTech Foundation chief executive awarded MBE

Jonathan Freeman, founder and chief executive of the CareTech Foundation - the first independent grant-making charitable corporate foundation in the care sector - has been awarded an MBE for services to charity in the Queen’s new year’s honours list.

GPs to earn £10 per care home vaccine jab

GPs are to earn an extra £10 for every care home resident they are able to vaccinate against Covid by the end of January in an accelerated drive by the NHS to protect the most vulnerable.

Care home Covid vaccination roll-out kicks off in England

GPs have been given the green light by NHS England to start vaccinating care home residents and staff in England.

Care UK installs infection control technology across fleet

Care UK has deployed fogging machines, air purifiers and thermal imaging cameras in all 124 of its homes to boost infection control as community infection rates for Covid-19 continue to rise.

Close-contact indoor visits prohibited in Tier 4 areas

Fresh guidance issued by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has banned close-contact visits in English care homes located in Tier 4 areas.

Voyage Care ventures out to acquire Day Opportunities services

Lichfield-based provider Voyage Care has completed the acquisition of five services from local counterpart Day Opportunities.

NCF launches ‘Caring in Covid’ ebook

Not-for-profit social care provider membership association National Care Forum (NCF) has launched an ebook compiling a stories about care, communities and leadership during the pandemic.

Majesticare deploys Viruskiller clean air units across care home fleet

Majesticare has partnered with 4th Wave Technology and Airnitative to install clean air technology across its eight luxury care homes in southern England.

St Monica Trust launches Covid impact survey on later living schemes

A national research project has been launched to study the impact of Covid-19 on retirement villages and extra care housing schemes across England.

£14m Clydebank care home welcomes first residents

The first residents have moved into the new £14m Queens Quay House care home in the West Dunbartonshire town of Clydebank in the west of Scotland.

Innovate UK awards £140,000 for Florence care home tech

Innovate UK has awarded £140,000 to a new tool developed by an offshoot of tech outfit Florence that helps care providers more safely staff their services.

Wales relaxes discharge guidelines for care home patients

The Welsh government has relaxed guidance for discharging hospital patients who have tested positive for Covid to social care settings.

Meallmore puts growth on menu with £41m HSBC backing

Meallmore, one of Scotland’s largest independent care home operators, is to expand its portfolio following a £41m cash injection backing from HSBC UK.

Octopus Real Estate inks £100m LNT portfolio acquisition

Octopus Real Estate has acquired eight care homes from LNT Care Developments in a deal worth around £100m.

Age UK: progress is stalling on care home visits

Many care home residents will not be reunited with loved ones by Christmas despite pledges by the government to the contrary, according to Age UK.

First Covid vaccine jabs administered in Scottish care homes

Covid vaccination of care home residents has kicked off in Scotland with the first jabs administered at Abercorn House in Hamilton in Lanarkshire.

Lancashire Council lodges plans for later living scheme

Lancashire County Council has filed proposals to build a later living scheme consisting of a 45-bed care home and 65-apartment extra care development in Garstang.

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