Covid Update

Posted 16/02/2021

Covid Update

As of the week commencing Monday 22 February 2021, the government has set out a timeline for the easing of COVID-19 restrictions.  This guidance represents progress in the battle against the virus, on the back of a successful vaccine roll-outRead More
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The unfair demonisation of agency staff

Posted 26/02/2016

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 nursesRead More
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NHS trust overspends

Posted 12/02/2016

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 anyRead More
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The advent of technology in social care

Posted 04/02/2016

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 sectorRead More
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The hidden cost of dementia care

Posted 18/12/2015

The hidden cost of dementia care

A new report from Alzheimer’s Research UK illustrates how the condition has a huge impact on not only
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Home care – A Solution to the Funding Crisis

Posted 08/12/2015

Home care – A Solution to the Funding Crisis

While the health and social care sectors continue to face financial ruin, the latest spending review from the Chancellor has offered little support to resolve the crisis. Although George Osborne announced that local councils now have the power to raise funds forRead More
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Osborne Faces Funding Pressure

Posted 23/11/2015

Osborne Faces Funding Pressure

Chancellor George Osborne is under increased pressure to raise social care funding to avoid a financial crisis that has been heightened as a result of his decision to raise the minimum wage. Research from the Resolution Foundation has found that Osborne’s decision to raiseRead More
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A new social care tax

Posted 10/08/2015

A new social care tax

Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham has recently announced that under his leadership Labour would seek to bring in a tax to fund social care. While the details of this proposal remain scarce, it would look to stem the issue of rising costsRead More
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Deferring the cap; closing the gap

Posted 24/07/2015

Deferring the cap; closing the gap

The government announced last week that it will defer the capping of care costs until 2020. This will grant providers and local authorities a much needed break following five years of substantial cuts under the coalition. Following recommendations from the Dilnot Commission in 2011,Read More
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Overpriced, but undervalued

Posted 19/06/2015

Overpriced, but undervalued

The role of third party agencies in the delivery of health care has recently generated plenty of publicity, with much of the debate focusing on whether agencies represent good value for taxpayers’ money. We are paying what appears to beRead More
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