Social Care News Archive

Online Care Home Reviews - What you need to know about them. – Mark Sadler responds to the CMA’s report about the practices of Carehome.co.uk, Care Opinion and Most Recommended Care (Working Feedback).

14 February 2016 - News

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Care Quality Commission not yet an effective regulator, say MPs – Staff shortages and weaknesses in consistency, accuracy and timeliness of inspection reports have all been flagged up as areas of "concern" by the Public Accounts Committee.

12 December 2015 - general

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Hootvox Do Not Allow Gaming and Filtering of Reviews.

YourCareHome comments on the CMA's report on Online Reviews and Endorsements. – Too many organisations in healthcare and social care filter and game online reviews to put their own financial needs above the health needs of their potential customers.

21/6/15 - News

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CMA acts to maintain trust in Online Reviews and Endorsements. – CMA to investigate fake reviews being posted onto review sites; negative reviews not being published: and businesses paying for endorsements in blogs and other online articles without this being made clear to consumers.

21/6/15 - News

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Online Reviews of Care Providers, a Better Way! – In an ideal world every resident or their family member would get an equal chance to share their views of the care providers they have experienced.

Mark Sadler, 15/4/15 - News

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HC-ONE CCTV Cameras in Care Homes - Video Graphic of Survey Results. – Care home group HC-ONE have surveyed over 12,000 people including residents, their family members re feelings towards CCTV cameras in care homes.

25 October 2014 - News

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Expertise Homecare - New Homecare Company Will Raise Standards With A Little Help From Reevoo. – An innovative home care company is ripping up the rule book – replacing outmoded and impractical care processes with state-of-the-art support software and systems.

1/9/14 - general

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SAGA owned Allied Healthcare still not paying carers travel time. – Zero-hours contracts for home care staff can damage services to elderly people. The company Allied Healthcare has offered to put its 15,000 employees on contracts. But staff won't be paid for travel.

6/7/14 - general

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NHS and government ‘flying blind’ as deep cuts prevent hundreds of thousands of older people accessing social care – The NHS and government are ‘flying blind’ in planning services for vulnerable older people because there is no comprehensive way to quantify the impact that social care cuts are having on their health and wellbeing, experts warn today. The warning comes in a new Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation study examining cuts to social services for older people in England, published as MPs prepare to question senior officials and experts on the topic in Parliament today (Wednesday 26 March).

26/3/14 - News

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Don’t believe all you read, health reviews can be misleading too –  BBC report has uncovered that nearly half of the reviews for a single NHS trust on NHS Choices were submitted from the trust’s own computers. The reviews had been provided by Patient Opinion, which gathers online comments and stories about providers of both health and social care and also publishes them on its own website.

25/3/14 - News

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NHS online patient feedback reviews open to abuse – The NHS has removed all but one of 653 patient reviews of a healthcare trust from its website, after BBC Newsnight found the system was open to abuse.

19/3/14 - News

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New Google Plus Community for Social Care in the UK – I constantly encounter the same complaint from people working in social care. “Why are there no positive news stories about care homes in the press? The papers only report the negative because it makes better reading!”

Mark Sadler, 1/3/14 - News

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News Roundup Stories

The Social Care News Roundup 20th January 2014 – Prominent social care news stories of the last week.

Mark Sadler, 17/1/14 - general

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News Roundup 13th January 2014

The Social Care Video News Roundup 13th January 2014 – Stories that have caught my eye over the last few days - In about a Minute and a Half.

Mark Sadler, 13/1/14 - News

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My top stories of the week.

The Social Care News Roundup 9th January 2014 – Our Video News Roundup in a Minute and a Half. News stories that have caught my eye this week commencing 6th of January 2014

Mark Sadler, 9th January 2014 - News

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The challenges facing social care commissioners – The drastic cuts to social care budgets mean commissioners have had to venture out in to the world.

Ela Farrell, 3/12/13 - general

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SOMETHING appears to be seriously wrong within Bupa care homes in Scotland. – Company bosses were summoned to a meeting with Scottish health secretary Alex Neil last month after it emerged that police were investigating the deaths of four elderly residents at Pentland Hill care home in Edinburgh.

private-eye.co.uk, 6/11/13 - News

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NHS Direct to close down next year – NHS Direct - one of the most recognisable names in the NHS - will be closed down in England next year.

24 October 2013 - News

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US health chief becomes new NHS boss – A senior executive at a private US health firm has been appointed to lead NHS England - the most powerful body in the health service.

24 October 2013 - News

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Council cost-cutting on care a threat to human rights of elderly – watchdog – Councils are abusing elderly people’s human rights by forcing down the price they pay agencies to provide care in their homes, the UK’s official equalities watchdog has warned.

John Bingham, Social affairs Editor, 08 Oct 2013 - News

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Alastair Campbell writes for the Guardian newspaper

'Mental patient' fancy dress shows how deep offensive stereotypes go in society – Tesco and Asda have done the decent thing. But we must work to end the stigma about mental health in work, communities, friends – even the NHS

Alastair Campbell, Thursday 26 September 2013 - News

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The Telegraph

4,000 care homes have been allowed to break the law – More than 4,000 care homes are being allowed to break the law by regulators, with no registered manager in charge of residents.

Laura Donnelly, 24/9/13 - general

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Care Industry News

Local Government Ombudsman steps in on care home top up fees – The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) is reminding councils across England that they are responsible for the actions of the care homes they work with. The advice follows an LGO investigation into Merton Council in which a contracted private home, Sutton Court Care Centre, asked a family to pay top-up fees – which they had no right to demand.

Care Industry News, 13/9/13 - News

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Esther Rantzen CBE launches campaign urging planning reforms to ensure needs of older people are met – Building more retirement properties would free up more than 3 million homes, offering a lifeline to families desperate to move up the housing ladder, finds a new Demos report.

Care Industry News, 13/9/13 - News

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Prime Minister commits to looking at ways to challenge abuse of older and disabled people – The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has agreed to look again at proposals aimed at strengthening legislation to protect older and disabled people. The commitment was given to a delegation on 11 September 2013, led by Paul Burstow M.P, and which included Sarah Rochira, (Older People’s Commissioner for Wales), Baroness Greengross, and Gary FitzGerald, Chief Executive of the charity Action on Elder Abuse.

Care Industry News, 12/9/13 - News

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