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Blog of Debbie Le Quesne
Chief Executive of West Midlands Care Association
She has worked in the Care Industry for over 20 years and before that was involved in fund raising and supporting several Care Homes for the Elderly and Learning Disability
Currently she is the Chief Executive of the West Midlands Care Association and the Co Chair of the Care Association Alliance

 "I work with Care Homes, Supported Living and Homes Care Agencies. We all admire the work they do and we want them to feel that they are not alone in trying to provide quality care in a ridiculously complex market in such trying times.

Our care awards: Its time to fill in the nomination form

Blog Post 19 March 2018

There are some things in life of which we can be justifiably proud: The achievements of children and grandchildren, the remarkable resilience of those with life-defining problems and not least how excellent care is delivered against overwhelming odds.

The spark will ignite - how poetry helps engage people with dementia

Shared reading has a significant impact on mood, concentration and social interaction. A Liverpool charity is running sessions in care homes

Digital Health partners with PRSB to support health and social care leaders

The Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) and Digital Health have launched a partnership to support NHS and social care leaders in the digital transformation of health and care.

The collaboration will see Digital Health, host of Digital health Networks, and the PRSB work closely to help promote the development and adoption of standards amongst health and social care leaders as a key enabler to sharing information digitally between care providers.

Government will legislate to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Ministers broadly accept Liberty Protection Safeguards system proposed by Law Commission and pledge to legislate when parliamentary time allows

The Spring Statement Failed To Confront The Social Care Crisis

People with long-term health conditions and their carers are being pushed to breaking point

Tigger-like Hammond's Spring Statement condemned by social care's Eeyores

Philip Hammond was bouncy as he delivered his Spring Statement, describing himself as €˜positively Tigger-like€™ while announcing the economy had grown every year since 2010, however his speech gave no joy to the care sector.

Social care must be given parity with NHS to avoid delayed transfers of care

A sustainable social care system is key to a sustainable NHS, the LGA has argued in response to NHS Englands latest delayed transfers of care (DToC) figures which revealed a total of 152,300 delayed days in January.

Whitehall blasted for over-simplification of social care crisis

Council chiefs have criticised the Governments response to a report on the care home market describing it as a serious over-simplification of the adult social care crisis.

Counting the cost of adult social care as councils set spending budgets

How to fund adult social care is a question on the lips of all councils as they finalise their budgets for the next financial year.

Disabled Access Day at Black Country Living Museum Sat 10th March 10-4pm

BCLM will hosting its second Disabled Access Day on Sat 10th March. We are working hard to develop links with services providers and support mechanisms that can help to support access for everyone.

Call for clamp down on care home chiefs charging for rooms after death

CARE home residents are vulnerable to immediate eviction and sharp practices because of secretive care providers, a probe has found.

LGA urges for social care to have equal footing to NHS to close funding gap

Historic underfunding of adult social care is impacting on inpatient services, the LGA has warned.

Care workers hailed for battling weather to keep services running

Staff have slept overnight in care homes and walked miles through blizzards to reach clients

NICE issues guideline for adult social care

NICE has launched a new guideline on People€™s experience in adult social care services: improving the experience of care and support for people using adult social care services.

The guideline covers good practice in the care and support of all adults who use services and aims to improve their experience of services.

What is the cost of care?

The number of people who require social care in later life is rising. What is the best way to prepare for this possibility and how can the costs be met?

The drive for better care for older LGBT people I wont put up with prejudice

A training play for care homes and €˜older LGBT champion€™ badges are among initiatives addressing diversity awareness

Profit-hungry firms are gambling on social care. Are the stakes too high?

Private equity firms have amassed huge debt buying up care homes. If they collapse, older people will be the losers

GDPR - what it means for the health and social care sector

Next May, when the EU General Data Protection Regulation comes into force, is not the finish line, says Monaghan, but the start. And it is the start of a marathon, not a sprint.

Social care workforce has been neglected, says National Audit Office

The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. This is the major finding of a National Audit Office (NAO) report released in early February.

The report said the number of people working in care was not meeting the country€™s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing.

Dementia tax Millions of over 40s face paying MORE National Insurance every year

MILLIONS of workers aged 40 and over face paying hundreds of pounds more National Insurance (NI)in radical plans that Theresa Mays ex-defacto deputy Damian Green admits could be described as a dementia tax.

NHS England promotes joint working with local authorities

England€™s top A&E doctor is calling for a closer working relationship between the NHS and local authorities to help improve the health of local communities.

Adult social care workforce consultation opens

A consultation focusing on the adult social care workforce has been launched by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in partnership with Skills for Care. The deadline for responses is Monday, April 9th.

Independent survey to assess impact of sleep-in pay crisis on future of social care

New independent research(1) launched today will assess how the nation€™s care and support sector is affected by an estimated £400m bill for sleep-in shifts back pay.

Joint inquiry launched on long-term funding of adult social care

The Communities and Local Government and Health Committees launch a joint inquiry on the long-term funding and provision of adult social care to feed in to the Government's forthcoming Green Paper.

Dementia research must study care as well as cure

The need for a cure for dementia is pressing, but practical solutions to benefit those with the condition are also vital

Former minister calls for pensions shake-up to fund social care

A CARE pension which helps cover costs for people later in life should be introduced, a former minister said yesterday. Sir Steve Webb, director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London and ex-pensions minister, said a solution is needed which could help people build up protection against the possibility of huge care costs later in life.

Making The Case For Better Care and And Making It Happen

With a government green paper on reforming care due this summer, expectations are mixed.

Some see this as the best and only opportunity to fix the beleaguered care system. The latest care report from the National Audit Office warns of a Cinderella service in danger of collapse.

IN THE LOOP Andrea Sutcliffe looks at the challenges in 2018

Following her CBE in the New Years Honours List, Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission (CQC), looks ahead to the challenges the coming year poses.

Social care allowances are confusing and the government must offer clarity

The current system is convoluted. People need to know if they have to save for later-life care

ITV News learns 10000 people with dementia trapped in hospital amid social care crisis

People with dementia are increasingly trapped in hospital due to Britain€™s deepening social care crisis, campaigners have warned.

Adult social care is privatisation irreversible

The privatisation of adult social care is a 30-year process that has grown unchecked, made worse by austerity politics. Should the private sector lose interest and leave the market, the consequences will be grave.

Could the Montessori method help people with dementia

The approach has had positive results in the US, Canada and Australia and is now being introduced in the UK

Could you work in social care and become someone's best friend

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council is looking for 20 people to work in social care and become someone€™s best friend.

The authority is recruiting staff to help support people who are being discharged from an acute hospital but are in need of a period of assessment to understand what their future care and support requirements are.

Smarter homes could save NHS and social care system 2.5bn a year

Creating more modified homes, which encourage older people to keep mentally and physically fit for longer, could help save the NHS and social care system billions of pounds each year, according to a new report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Social care system at the point of crisis with 2.5bn funding gap predicted

There is a warning that without extra money the situation will get worse and worse, with a 2.5bn shortfall by 2020.

The staggering cull in Birminghams adult social services revealed

The number of Birmingham council employees working in adult social care has been slashed by nearly a third in just six years.

New analysis of social care workforce data shows the council employed 3,550 people in the sector in 2011 - but only 2,420 in 2017.

Government must act to halt crisis in social care recruitment

Undervalued and poorly rewarded care workers are leaving the sector, and they are not being replaced quickly enough to meet demand

Care sector Short of nurses and other key staff

Low rates of pay and workload pressures mean care services can no longer fill key posts in England, a watchdog says.

Replace National Insurance with tax dedicated to NHS and social care, say experts

A Lib Dem-backed report calls for extra funding to be ring-fenced for the next three years, and social care costs to be capped.

Councils give cautious welcome to extra 150m for social care

Cash injection is a temporary measure that will not ease wider pressures, local authorities warn

The Guardian view on council spending a crisis unfolding

Eight years of savage cuts are driving local government and the services it provides to the brink of viability. Crisis management is no answer to this looming catastrophe

Disability care crisis More than a million carers are over 60

Vulnerable and disabled people face a crisis because their carers are becoming too old to look after them, charities warn. A third of carers in England and Wales €“ more than a million €“ are over 60.

West Midlands Care Association Awards

We are pleased to announce the launch of the West Midlands Care Association Awards, to acknowledge, celebrate and reward excellence in care delivery across the whole health and social care spectrum. This event will represent all age groups and will provide further opportunity to forge relationships with the whole care sector and promote collaborative partnerships while celebrating care in our region

Combining social care and the NHS will help avoid another winter crisis and save lives

A winter crisis shouldnt be inevitable, and we should never be close to the situation we continually find ourselves in

Tory backbanchers threaten rebellion over social care for the shires

The embattled Prime Minister faces fresh threats over opposition from her own party, this time in relation to town hall funding.

ADASS calls for long-term funding plan for social care

Social services directors have called for more funding for the sector, whilst praising the efforts of care staff over the winter.

Social care at tipping point as back pay crisis grows, warn councils

In a letter to the Observer, ministers have been urged to plug the £400m hole created by new rules on overnight care

NHS NHS tax suggested to plug huge funding gap

A FORMER top Treasury official has called for a new NHS and social care tax to help plug the gap in health service funding.

MPs launch inquiry into long-term adult social care funding

Parliamentary inquiry to report on long-term solutions to adult social care funding crisis ahead of green paper on older people's care

What is adult social care and why is council tax set to go up to pay for it

THE councillor responsible for the care portfolio has outlined what the proposed council tax rise will be spent on and why residents in the county pay more tax than those in Westminster.

Tomorrow Herefordshire Council will discuss the proposed council tax rise of 4.9 percent, two percent of which will be ringfenced for adult social care.

Campaign launched to address shortage of care workers in Bromsgrove and Redditch

THE BOSS of a Bromsgrove and Redditch care home provider has launched a campaign to address the shortage of care workers locally.

Annie Dixon-Dunn, who runs Home Instead Senior Care, started the You Can Care drive.

Jeremy Hunt urged to delay NHS shake-up to integrate health and social care

Health Committee chair Sarah Wollaston says Jeremy Hunt should delay NHS reforms amid fears of reduced provision.

Dudley Council chiefs say measures have reduced delayed transfers of care

DUDLEY Council chiefs say a raft of new measures have helped to reduce the number of older people needing adult social care being delayed from leaving hospital.

The authority was awarded 13.9million from the governments Improved Better Care Fund last year to spend over three years to tackle pressing issues in health and adult social care.

Will a rebranded Department of Health change anything?

In another week of extreme pressure across the NHS, with senior hospital doctors telling the prime minister that the situation is intolerable, the Department of Health has been rebranded. But will it make any difference?

We need a new care deal to tackle the challenges of an ageing population

Our campaign will explore social isolation, the care workforce, community responses to health and care needs, and what future provision could look like

How spending on adult social care has gone down - despite council tax hikes

New analysis shows that Walsall and Solihull councils are in a national €œtop 20€ of councils that have seen spending on adult care fall

What Jeremy Hunt Must Do To Fix The Social Care Crisis

Before we get too carried away with the addition of social care to Jeremy Hunts job title, its important to remind ourselves of two things.

First, the social care system has been in the grips of a deepening crisis since well before the start of his tenure.

Jeremy Hunt keeps Heath Secretary with added social care brief despite overseeing NHS winter crisis

Mr Hunt had been tipped for a sideways to a different department, after becoming hugely unpopular with many patients and health staff

We need to talk about doing social care differently

Of course the money matters. But the debate about social care should be about meaning and purpose as well as who pays

A brave and bold new world: my vision for social care

The green paper should put care at the heart of communities and invest in the people and innovations that will deliver it

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