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4th April 2018

GP visits to care homes reduce hospital admissions by nearly 40%


21st March 2018

Funding gap for care home charges filled by service users, says report


16th March 2018

Pharmacists funded to work in care homes in England


15th March 2018

Dementia UK lauds frontline nurses with emotional animation


6th March 2018

Counting the cost of adult social care as councils set spending budgets


1st March 2018

Call for government to ditch ‘discriminatory’ PIP rules for NHS care home stays


19th February 2018

Dementia research must study care as well as cure


15th February 2018

Social care allowances are confusing – the government must offer clarity


8th February 2018

Fears over pressure on care system as National Audit Office warns staff and funding are not sustainable 


28th January 2018

Social care at ‘tipping point’ as back pay crisis grows, warn councils


23rd January 2018

Dementia sufferers 'wiped out' financially in 'unfair' care system, says Jeremy Hunt


19th January 2018

6 reasons why we need dementia-friendly financial services


18th January 2018

Dementia study adds to calls for more funding of music therapy

Music can help reduce symptoms but only 5% of care homes are using it effectively, finds report


12th January 2018

Warning over 'trust' schemes supposed to help families avoid paying for care


11th January 2018

Ombudsman calls for councils to be clear on care home costs


10th January 2018

We need a new care deal to tackle the challenges of an ageing population


3rd January 2018

Social care in 2018: time to think about the future workforce


25th December 2017

Voucher plan to help pay for elderly care


20th December 2017

Government warned against using council tax to 'plug gap' in social care funding


16th December 2017

Social care postcode gap widens for older people


13th December 2017
The state of social care shames us all

6th December 2017

David Cameron admits 'we didn't solve' problem of funding social care for Britain's ageing population


1st December 2017
Sleep-in pay crisis:
should you join HMRC’s new Social Care Compliance Scheme?

30th November 2017

Care homes: Public 'pay unfair fees to plug £1bn shortfall'


28th November 2017

Care workers 'exhausted' by staff shortage


14th November 2017

We can't fix social care if we think it's just for older people 


10th November 2017
Care 'will take up most of our council tax within three years': Rapid rise in costs could see fresh curbs on bin rounds, road repairs and street lighting

9th November 2017

How to design websites for older people


2nd November 2017

Social care funding can't take any more setbacks. It needs reform now


2nd November 2017

Overnight carer back pay scheme 'unaffordable'


29th October 2017

Why care costs are spiralling at up to twice inflation 


27th October 2017
Lack of choice means families have to settle for poor care homes: Nearly a fifth are forced to leave loved ones in a home they have reservations about because of a shortage of places

23rd October 2017

A job in care – what’s it worth?


20th October 2017

CQC - Changes to how we regulate adult social care services


20th October 2017

What is lasting power of attorney?

 


13th October 2017

Discrimination and misplaced stoicism: why older people's mental health gets overlooked 


12th October 2017

NHS leaders unveil action to boost flu vaccination and manage winter pressures


10th October 2017

CQC's annual assessment of health and social care in England now available


3rd October 2017

Most councils will not have enough care home places


30th September 2017

Dementia is a terrible word. Why do people still use it? 


29th September 2017

Carrying the shopping can improve strength in over-65s, say experts


23rd October 2017

A job in care – what’s it worth?

While the Cavendish Coalition, with formidable representation of both the NHS and private social care sector, lobbies to protect the position of EU workers in a post-Brexit Britain, the biggest worry must be that these workers will vote with their feet.
 
When I last looked, 89 pence buys one Euro and many financial wallahs are predicting that the two currencies will continue to edge closer to parity. The incentive then, for EU citizens to come to the UK, or even remain here, and work is likely to dwindle; why work in an isolationist UK when similar wages can be earned in other western european countries?
 
But recruitment difficulties in health and social care go much deeper than Brexit and the question of overseas workers. The perception persists that care work is unskilled (it’s not); that it is a dead-end job (it’s not), and the unvarnished truth is that the low-pay status of care workers contributes significantly to these workers’ self esteem, and to how they are perceived by others.
 
Current wisdom is that only those care providers who truly value their staff will be successful in the long run. I hold that to be true but I think there are plenty of the Old Guard left who give lip service to valuing their staff while paying them little, enticing them with false promises of flexible working and not so much as providing even basic staff amenities.
 
These recruitment difficulties will not go away until some means is found to elevate care workers above their current position and to give them a fairer slice of their nation’s wealth.
 
The CT Blog is written in a personal capacity – comments and opinions expressed are not necessarily endorsed or supported by Caring Times.

 

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