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Lockdown roadmap ‘must include care home visits by 1 March’

A group of leading care organisations have called on the government to resume care home visits by 1 March.

Hunt chases government on social care reform plans

Health and Social Care select committee chairman Jeremy Hunt has pressed the government for detail on plans to reform social care, calling for a genuine long-term solution after previous “false dawns”.

SCIE calls for national strategy on housing with care

Government must commit to finding ways to improve the quality and quantity of housing that facilitates care and support, according to a report commissioned by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

brighterkind wins platinum Feefo customer service award

brighterkind, are part of Four Seasons Health Care Group, has become the first major care home provider in the UK to win a Feefo Platinum Trusted Service award.

Death rate of care home residents drops 13 per cent

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales fell by 13 per cent in the first week of February, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

Care UK bags permission for 75-bed Cardiff home

Care UK will kick off construction of a 75-bed care home on the northern outskirts of Cardiff this autumn after receiving the green light from authorities.

Abbeyfield Society chief executive David McCullough dies aged 61

Care home operator Abbeyfield Society has announced the death of its chief executive officer (CEO) David McCullough.

PainChek calls on PM to tackle tech-enabled dementia care

Medical tech outfit PainChek is leading a campaign that is lobbying Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take urgent action to improve the level of technology-enabled dementia care across the social care sector.

Hancock urges remaining third of social care staff to get Covid jab

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has urged all social care staff to take the Covid vaccine after he revealed around a third had yet to receive a first jab.

Audley secures £47m finance deal for Surrey retirement village

A venture between Audley Group, Schroders Real Estate and Octopus Real Estate has secured a £47m loan facility with Silbury Finance to develop a retirement village in Cobham, Surrey.

Marie Curie partners with Hallmark to implement end of life strategy

Marie Curie is working with Hallmark Care Homes to implement the provider’s end of life care strategy.

NCF finds fifth of care beds unfilled as pandemic hits occupancy rates

Occupancy levels in not-for-profit care homes in England fell to 79 per cent in January – around 10 per cent lower than the average level in 2019 – according to a survey of National Care Forum (NCF) members.

Legal & General launches PX service for Inspired retirement homes

Legal & General has launched a part-exchange service that aims to remove the burden of selling a home by offering a guaranteed cash sale for potential buyers of an Inspired Village retirement property.

Government publishes NHS and social care reform White Paper

The UK government has published a White Paper setting out a blueprint to join up health and social care services as the key part of post-pandemic reform.

PAC: Government neglect left social care exposed to lack of PPE

The government’s focus on the NHS at the outset of the pandemic left social care providers “neglected” and staff "exposed” by a lack of PPE, according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Care home resident Covid death rate continues to increase

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales are continuing to rise despite the vaccine programme, according to the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) data.

QCS adds spice to food safety with Cinnamon Care Collection

Quality Compliance Systems (QCS) has teamed up with UK luxury care home group Cinnamon Care Collection to create a food safety manual for care home caterers.

Housing 21, Sequential partner for £20m Norfolk extra care scheme

Sequential Investors has teamed up with not-for-profit housing provider Housing 21 to deliver a 98-bed extra care housing scheme in Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk.

Government reboots campaign to boost adult social care workforce

The government has rebooted its ‘Care for Others. Make a Difference.’ recruitment campaign to highlight the short-term opportunities in adult social care services during the pandemic.

Third of Brits 'less likely to use care homes due to infection risk'

More than one in three people in Britain are less likely to use care homes due to fears around infection risk, according to market research.

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