HC-One founder blames government for care home Covid crisis

The UK government misjudged the risk of coronavirus to care homes and its subsequent actions made the crisis worse, according to the founder of provider HC-One.

Lords committee demands Hancock response to social care inquiry

A House of Lords select committee has written to Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock demanding a response to a social care inquiry that called last year to end the “national scandal” of failing services.

HAS Technology armed with medical device certification

HAS Technology’s ARMED wearable technology has been certified as an official medical device after conforming to EU standards.

MPs call for end to care staff visa ‘discrimination’

The Home Affairs select committee has urged the government to extend a scheme exempting overseas workers from visa fees for one year to all front line care staff.

HammondCare launches free dementia support service

A free to access dementia consultancy service funded by government agency Innovate UK has been made available to every care home in England.

NAO: Covid outbreaks reported in 5,900 England care homes

Covid-19 outbreaks were reported in around 5,900 care homes in England – 38% of the national total- between 9 March and 17 May, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report.

Derbyshire council opens Florence Nightingale care home

Derbyshire County Council has opened a care home ready to welcome its first residents to rest and recuperate after suffering from coronavirus.

Barclays banks on supporting care homes with digital skills

Barclays has pledged to deliver digital skills through virtual training to at least 500 care homes across the UK this year as part of its Digital Eagles programme.

2buy2 launches PPE procurement service for care sector

Procurement specialist 2buy2 has launched a scheme to help care homes secure PPE, cleaning and hygiene supplies amid the Covid pandemic.

Innovate UK presses button on smartphone staff training scheme

Government agency Innovate UK has granted funding to Oxford healthtech outfit Cognitant Group to deliver a smartphone-based training scheme for care home and community care staff.

Armighorn Capital takes reins of Aintree home via £2m backing

Birmingham healthcare provider Armighorn Capital has acquired a care home in Aintree, Liverpool, via a £2m funding package provided by Frontier Development Capital.

Angela Swift lodges plans for Carlisle nest

Harrogate outfit Angela Swift Developments has filed plans with Carlisle City Council to build a 71-bed care home on the site of a former home that closed last year.

Stephensons Solicitors launch care sector webinars

Stephensons Solicitors is to hold the first of 15 care sector webinars on 11 June with a look at the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new Emergency Support Framework (ESF).

Care home Covid death rate continues to decline

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes in England and Wales has risen to 13,454 – an increase of 721 on the previous week - according to the latest data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Government creates care sector taskforce to oversee Covid-19 response

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has created a new care taskforce to oversee the government’s response to Covid-19.

Charities call for recognition of unpaid carers during Covid crisis

Charities supporting Carers Week have called on the UK government to recognise the role of unpaid carers during the coronavirus crisis.

Government claims success over English care home Covid tests

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has claimed it has successfully hit a target to supply Covid-19 test kits to all English care homes by 6 June.

Wales extends £500 extra payment to all care workers

The Welsh government has extended its £500 one-off payment to all care workers, including kitchen and domestic staff.

Global Care sees bright prospects for Barnsley home

Birmingham provider Global Care has acquired the Prospect House care home in Barnsley following the retirement of the directors.

Webinars to share care home interior design insight

Assistive care equipment manufacturer Accora will this month host free webinars on care home interior design led by HomeSmiths managing director Jacqui Smith.