UNISON: national care service ‘only way to prevent more deaths’

Social care should be free at the point of need as part of an NHS-based national system according to a report by the UNISON trade union.

Exemplar aims to set standard with Bradford development

Yorkshire provider Exemplar Health Care has kicked off construction of a £5m specialist care and rehabilitation facility in Wyke near Bradford.

C-19 care home death rate continues to decline

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes in England and Wales has risen to 14,398 - an increase of 376 on the previous week - according to the latest data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Top health civil servant defends C-19 care home guidance

The top civil servant at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has defended government guidance issued in early April that permitted the discharge of hospital patients to care homes without testing for Covid-19.

‘Layers of bureaucracy’ stifling Covid funds reaching care homes

The National Care Forum (NCF) has written to the government’s new national Covid-19 social care taskforce warning that funding for tackling the pandemic is not reaching the front line.

Scape Homes unveils plans to rock up in Stonehaven

Scottish developer Scape Homes is to submit plans this month for a 59-bed care home in the coastal Aberdeenshire town of Stonehaven.

Summer school teaches importance of dementia design

A six-week summer school run by TEDI-London is teaching 147 students from 21 countries the importance of design and engineering of enabling environments for people living with dementia.

Skills for Care hits it off with Care Friends

Skills for Care has teamed up with employee referral app developer Care Friends to help providers recruit and retain staff.

Music for Dementia radio station on air

An internet radio station for people living with dementia and their carers launched by the Music for Dementia charity is now broadcasting.

Care England: put digital integration at core of sector reform

Care England has called on the government to ensure all care settings have access to wifi and digital hardware to enable providers to run a service integrated with the NHS and other health and housing partners.

Providers urge government to heed warning on closures

Care providers have urged the government to take immediate action after the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) warned of closures due to the increased costs arising from Covid-19.

CQC to resume routine inspections in autumn

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is to resume this autumn the routine inspection of adult social care providers across England.

‘First of its kind’ care home to open in Hampshire

A nursing care home for the exclusive use of patients leaving Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth is to open this week, in a collaboration between Hampshire County Council and local NHS partners in response to Covid-19.

Webinar to launch Care Home of the Future campaign

The National Care Forum (NCF) will next week host a webinar to launch the Care Home of the Future campaign that aims to help the sector move towards a stronger future post-Covid by using state-of-the-art digital services.

BT dials in to care homes to mark Loneliness Awareness Week

BT is helping to tackle loneliness in care homes using volunteers from UK-based contact centres to make regular calls to isolated residents.

Government urged to boost housing-with-care provision

A group of MPs, investors and charities are backing calls for the UK government to take urgent action to boost the delivery of housing-with-care provision.

Inspired decision approves £100m Tunbridge Wells retirement village

Inspired Villages has been granted planning permission to build a £100m retirement village on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

Independent Care Group issues manifesto for care reform

Independent Care Group (ICG), which represents providers in North Yorkshire, has called for the merging of NHS health care with social care as a part of a wishlist for sector reform.

DWA Architects blueprint for 60-bed Hampshire home gets green light

DWA Architects’ plans to redevelop the Fleetwood Lodge care home in Fleet, Hampshire have been approved by Hart District Council.

England and Wales care home Covid deaths top 14,000

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes in England and Wales has risen to 14,022 – an increase of 568 on the previous week - according to the latest data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).