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ADASS launches springboard to success for future leaders

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) has launched a programme aimed at identifying and developing the next generation of adult social care leaders.

HC-One appoints Stephen Butterworth executive director for operations

The UK’s largest care home provider, HC-One, has promoted Stephen Butterworth to the position of executive director for operations.

Care home resident deaths linked to Covid top 30,000

Care home resident deaths involving Covid-19 in England and Wales have surpassed 30,000 according to the latest data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

HomeSmiths to speak at new Virtual Interiors online conference

Care home interior design consultant Jacqui Smith is to speak at the inaugural Virtual Interiors Event online conference next month.

Social care workforce Covid deaths almost triple national average

Deaths involving Covid-19 among social care workers in England and Wales between March and December were almost three times higher than the general working age population, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

apetito tucks into rapid Covid test pilot scheme

Care home meals provider apetito is participating in a rapid testing pilot scheme with the Department of Health & Social Care and Defra that helps to detect asymptomatic cases of Covid-19.

BMA to host virtual roundtable on fixing social care

The British Medical Association (BMA) will on 26 January host a virtual roundtable with representatives from across social care to consider the challenges faced by the sector.

OakNorth Bank bags hat-trick of care home finance deals

OakNorth Bank has arranged a £42m loan to a later living investor to develop 84 retirement homes in a purpose-built village in south-east England.

Tovertafel cognitive stimulation system gets next-gen upgrade

Dutch healthcare technology company Tover has launched a next-generation version of its cognitive stimulation system aimed at improving quality of life of those living with dementia.

Tim Ware crowned NACC Care Chef of the Year 2020

The National Association of Care Catering (NACC) has crowned Tim Ware of Green Tree Court care home in Exeter the NACC Care Chef of the Year 2020 at an online prizegiving ceremony.

Savista seeks senior quintet to tackle expansion plans

Care home construction company Savista Developments is recruiting for five senior positions as part of its long-term expansion plan.

Majesticare scoops Knight Frank care home design award

Majesticare’s Cavendish Park in Evesham has won the care home design award at the 2021 Knight Frank Luxury Care Home Guide Awards.

DHSC to offer care home insurance for taking discharged Covid patients

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has set out plans to offer insurance cover to care homes that take in discharged Covid patients from hospitals.

Anne-Marie Nicholson joins Marchese Partners to co-lead UK studio

Former PRP later living architect Anne-Marie Nicholson has joined Marchese Partners as principal to jointly lead the Australian consultancy’s UK studio.

Care home residents to get free daily dose of vitamin D

The government will from this month provide a free four-month supply of daily vitamin D supplements for residents in residential and nursing care homes across England to support their health.

NCA taking legal advice on compulsory care staff Covid jabs

The National Care Association (NCA) has sought legal advice on whether care home staff can be compelled to be vaccinated after it emerged a minority of workers are refusing to take a Covid jab.

Plans to restrict care staff movement by law scrapped

The UK government has scrapped proposals to introduce legislation to restrict routine movement of care home staff during the pandemic after it launched a new £120m fund to boost the social care workforce.

Aedifica acquires Excelcare Essex trio for £40m

Belgian real estate investment trust Aedifica has acquired three care homes in Essex from Excelcare for £40m.

Belong set to feel at home with £15m Wirral Waters care village

Belong has completed the purchase of land at Wirral Waters in Birkenhead to enable building work on a £15m care village to kick off later this year.

Covid outbreaks in English care homes treble in a month

Covid outbreaks in care homes have trebled in a month to levels not seen since the spring 2020 peak of the pandemic, according to Public Health England (PHE).

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