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.

Hancock threatened with legal action over “protective ring” claim

Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock has been threatened with legal action over his claim the government threw a “protective ring” around care homes by the daughter of a man who died from Covid-19, according to media reports.

National Care Force hits target with £50k grant

National Care Force, a volunteering platform for social care set up during the Covid-19 pandemic, has received a £50,000 grant from the UK government’s Innovate UK fund.

McCarthy & Stone stepping forward with Harrogate scheme

Retirement living developer McCarthy & Stone has won consent to build a 52-apartment extra care facility at an existing care home site in Harrogate in North Yorkshire.

Housing 21 unwraps Fry Court extra care scheme in Yorkshire

Not for profit provider of retirement housing Housing 21 has completed construction of the Fry Court extra care developer in the North Yorkshire village of Great Ayton.

25,000 patients discharged into care homes at early stages of pandemic

More than 25,000 hospital patients were moved into care homes prior to guidance requiring patients to have a Covid-19 test before discharge.

Crown Care plans for Chesterfield home granted seal of approval

Crown Care has won the right to develop a 64-bed care home on the site of a former public house in the Derbyshire town of Chesterfield.

Audley Group appoints topchef for Danish joint venture

Retirement village developer Audley Group has appointed Mikala Kreiser as chief executive of its new Danish joint venture with pension company PFA.

England & Wales care home Covid deaths down by a third

The number of deaths involving Covid-19 in care homes in England and Wales has risen to 12,733, according to the latest weekly data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).