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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 [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:01+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 [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:01+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, [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:02+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 [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:02+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 [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:03+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 [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:10+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 [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:10+00:00April 28th, 2016|

What does a support worker do?

Ever wondered what it's like to be a support worker? Read our first-hand experiences and how to get involved in support work with Prestige Nursing + Care today.                                            Support workers are a vital part of providing vulnerable people with care, and are able to radically improve their quality of life.  Support workers assist individuals who [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:11+00:00March 23rd, 2016|

The unfair demonisation of agency staff

Research from The King’s Fund revealed that one in five hospital finance chiefs believe the incoming cap on agency staff will damage the quality of care provision. According to the directors, the cap could directly affect their ability to keep enough nurses and doctors on their wards to meet the needs of patients, something that is totally [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:11+00:00February 26th, 2016|

NHS trust overspends

Figures released this week paint a dire picture of the NHS’ finances at trust-level. According toThe Guardian, Barts NHS Trust in London is on course to run up a deficit of £134.9 million this year – the largest of any in the history of the National Health Service. Other trusts in and around the capital [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:11+00:00February 12th, 2016|