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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).

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.