British Psychological Society publishes Covid guidance for care professionals

The British Psychological Society (BPS) has published guidance to support care professionals to meet the psychological needs of people with learning and intellectual disabilities, their families and carers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Exemplar out to set north-east example with £2m home

Complex needs care home provider Exemplar Health Care is to open its first facility in north-east England this summer following a £2m investment.

Select committee expands terms of reference for care funding inquiry

The health and social care select committee has called for evidence on what long-terms reforms are needed to the funding system of social care.

CQC: Third of England care homes affected by Covid-19

More than a third of care homes in England have suffered an outbreak of Covid-19, according to a report published by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Wyld Networks plugs into Scottish care home trial​

Wyld Networks has signed an agreement with Highland Health Ventures (HHV) to test and deploy its mobile mesh technology into care homes in Scotland to help protect residents, staff and visitors and prevent the spread of Covid-19 or other viruses.

National Care Forum calls for 200,000 daily Covid tests amid ‘chaos’

The care sector needs 200,000 Covid-19 tests a day to ensure the safety of residents and staff according to the National Care Forum (NCF).

Ageism 'on the increase' during Covid-19 pandemic

Ageist language has increased over the course of the Covid-19 crisis according to a new poll commissioned by the charity Independent Age.

Hancock: Social care reforms ‘absolutely must happen’

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has told Parliament that the government needs a more co-ordinated policy between health and social care as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Active Minds app helping families caring during lockdown

An app released by wellbeing company Active Minds is helping carers of those living with dementia to keep minds active during lockdown.

Care home death rate declines 31% as Covid toll tops 10,000

The number of deaths in care homes related to Covid-19 has declined by 31%, according to the latest weekly data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Emergency Covid funds ‘not getting through’ to care sector

Care England has called on the UK government to do more to ensure more £3.2bn of emergency funds for councils to help tackle the Covid-19 pandemic gets to the social care front line.

Care groups back additional UK government support for sector

Care providers have backed government promises of extra help for care and nursing homes in the battle against Covid-19.

Scots boost clinical oversight of care homes

Scotland has introduced new arrangements to strengthen the clinical oversight of care homes to help providers deal with the Covid-19 crisis.

Care sector facing ‘devastating’ Covid second wave

A leading care home manager has warned the sector faces a devastating second wave of Covid-19 infections due to the UK government’s response to the virus.

MEDSan maps path to weekly Covid testing

MEDsan UK has launched a Covid-19 testing strategy for businesses wanting to get employees back to work.

Care home residents account for a third of UK Covid deaths

Care home residents account for over a third of all UK deaths related to Covid-19, according to the latest data from the Office for National Statistics.

Brum GPs establish virtual care home support service

Birmingham GP organisation South Doc Services (SDS) has pioneered a free-to-use support service for all the care homes in the city by using telephone and video technology.

Webinar to showcase Covid care comms best practice

A care and rehab group is to host a webinar on Friday (15 May) to share its experience of internal operations software used during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Barchester pounces on consented Otterbourne site

Barchester Healthcare has acquired a Hampshire development site with planning permission for a 62-bed care home from Newcore Capital Management.

Government pledges extra £600m for care home infection control

The UK government is to spend an extra £600m on infection control in care and nursing homes to help the fight against Covid-19.