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The inconvenient truth about social care

Years of inadequate funding for social care were inevitably going to have consequences. A combination of reduced funding and higher staff costs, following the ‘living wage’ increase have put profitability under severe strain across the care sector. As a result, care providers are beginning to hand back contracts, with 57% of local authorities experiencing this within the [...]

2018-09-26T19:51:35+00:00December 14th, 2016|

The Autumn Statement: Silence on social care

Over the past few months, we have seen MPs, medical professionals, council leaders and care leaders united in their belief that urgent action is needed to close the social care-funding gap. Without this, they said, the results could be catastrophic. On Wednesday, the social care sector eagerly awaited the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement. Given the strength [...]

2017-10-06T18:55:23+00:00November 28th, 2016|

The Autumn Statement: Time for action on social care

Warnings of a crisis in social care have become more frequent and more urgent in recent months. As we head towards winter, medical professionals, care workers, MPs, council leaders and charities alike have been telling us that we are on course for a disaster of untold proportions. The government recently promised an additional £3.5 billion to add to [...]

2018-09-26T19:51:35+00:00November 10th, 2016|

Homecare: do Councils pay enough?

A report from UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) published today raises the issue of local councils paying homecare providers less and less, putting the whole sector under enormous financial strain and limiting its ability to deliver high quality care to vulnerable adults. The report finds that publicly-funded older people’s homecare is under threat of a £513 million [...]

2018-09-26T19:51:36+00:00October 25th, 2016|

The cost of a care home

Every year Prestige Nursing + Care undertakes a study into the cost of a care room in a care home – and each year’s results are more alarming than the last. This year’s study found that an average room in a home increased a massive ten times as fast as pensioners’ incomes did – which [...]

2018-09-26T19:51:36+00:00October 14th, 2016|

A new tax?

Headlines were made last week by calls from Dr Dan Poulter – a former health minister – for an additional tax to fund health and social care in order to save it from collapse. Poulter’s experiences make him an astute judge of the sector’s performance. As well as serving as a minister in the Department of Health, [...]

2017-10-06T18:52:25+00:00September 5th, 2016|

Social care in post-Brexit Britain

The surprise result in the UK’s European Union (EU) referendum has created many questions about the future our relationship with the EU and its economic prospects as a result. Business and political leaders working in the social care sector – which was already facing significant challenges before the referendum – need to rally together to [...]

2018-09-26T19:51:36+00:00July 27th, 2016|

Managing the new normal

On April the first this year, the National Minimum Wage that employers are obliged to pay staff increased to £7.20 an hour for those aged 25 and over. As a result of this policy, millions of low paid workers have seen their salaries increase by 50 pence an hour, which will make a significant difference [...]

2018-09-26T19:51:39+00:00May 18th, 2016|

A sector under pressure

In April, one of Britain’s biggest residential care providers, Four Seasons Care, reported an annual loss of £264 million – putting even more pressure on a company £500 million in the red. The collapse of Four Seasons would have severe fallout for its residents – the firm cares for 18,500 elderly people in 62 homes – as [...]

2017-10-06T18:50:17+00:00May 10th, 2016|

Nurse or carer: which job is for me? | Prestige Nursing + Care

Want to get into healthcare but unsure where your future lies? Find everything you need to know about nursing and care careers at Prestige Nursing and Care.           Careers in the social care sector are both varied and rewarding. However, for those interested in health and social care careers, making sense of all the different options can [...]

2018-09-26T19:51:39+00:00April 28th, 2016|