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|

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|

The advent of technology in social care

Every year, technology plays an increasingly important part in our working lives. On-the-go email, cloud systems like GoogleDocs, and a variety of other apps, both mainstream and bespoke, have become fundamental to countless businesses across the globe. The social care sector has not escaped this digital advent, and its usage has brought in a multitude of [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:11+00:00February 4th, 2016|

A day in the life of a carer

Social care has never been in more demand. Between 2005 and 2014 the population aged 85 and over – the group most likely to require care – increased by 30%. As people continue to live longer, demand for care is only going to increase. This comes at a time when government cuts in social care spending and strains on [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:11+00:00January 29th, 2016|

Bed-blocking rears its head again

Reports in the Daily Telegraph suggest NHS bosses believe elderly patients are refusing to give up their hospital beds, for fear of the financial repercussions of going into a care home. This paints a very disturbing picture of the state of the nation’s elderly care provision, and the impact this has on wider health and social care [...]

2018-11-14T12:05:11+00:00January 21st, 2016|

NHS blunders and the provision of social care

This week, the Times published a damning report highlighting the acute waste associated with this government’s ‘streamlining’ of the NHS, as more than £90m was spent on redundancy to staff who were then immediately rehired. This does not come at a good time for the health service, which is still reeling from the press attention its reported £2.2 billion [...]

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