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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.

DH permanent secretary: care green paper not a panacea

The social care green paper will not be a panacea for chronic problems in the system, is likely to propose only minor legislative change and be based on the assumption that limited sums of new money are available

Increased role for care homes in DoLS replacement model risks conflicts of interest, warn experts

Proposals in deprivation of liberty reform bill to give care home managers responsibilities currently carried out by best interests assessors draw criticism

Hunts scheme to integrate health and social care must show the benefits

GOVERNMENT plans to integrate health and social care in England are in danger of being undermined by public distrust and suspicion, MPs have warned.

What good is advanced surgery if we cant even offer proper homecare?

A crisis in council funding is forcing domiciliary care firms to cancel contracts, leaving older people without vital support

The NHS vanguard schemes aiming to deliver quicker, better care

In England and Northern Ireland, prevention and early intervention are seen as key to transforming healthcare

IFS report reveals extent of social care funding sinkhole

Council chiefs have warned adult social care is facing a €˜sinkhole in funding€™ which prevents it from easing the demand pressures on the NHS

Britains biggest care home business for sale

Britains biggest provider of residential and nursing care homes for the elderly is on sale for £1bn as owners seek to take advantage of increasing investor appetite for social care assets.

HC-One, which has about 14,000 staff working in 369 registered care homes, was founded in 2011 from the collapse of Southern Cross then Britains biggest care home operator.

Social care crisis leads to over 80% rise in care home insolvencies

The funding crisis in the social care sector has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of private care providers entering insolvency, a new study reveals.

NHS Digital puts £1m up for grabs for adult social care tech pilots

Local authority projects that use digital innovation to help benefit people who access adult social care can bid for share of £1 million in funding.

Social care could be rescued with 2.3bn boost, report says

The struggling social care system can be €˜rescued€™ with a funding boost of over £2bn raised from taxing property, an intergenerational commission argues.

Transparent and fair: what England can learn from Japan's social care reform

England could look to Japan€™s universal care system as it awaits publication of the social care green paper

CQC board names new chief executive

The incoming chief executive hopes to 'build on the strong foundations' established by Sir David Behan, who leaves after six years

Some councils washing their hands of top-up fee control

Ombudsman says top-up fee errors are part of a wider picture of pressures surrounding adult social care

Social care should sway the local elections not Windrush or antisemitism

Social care accounts for more than half of all spending by the 152 councils responsible for providing it, but it rarely gets a mention

Councils cannot cap personal budgets under Care Act, Ombudsman warns

Councils cannot set maximum budget levels when calculating the cost of people€™s care, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has said.

First Parliament-commissioned citizens assembly to consider adult social care funding

The first citizens assembly commissioned by Parliament will come together to consider the best way to fund adult social care.

The Citizens Assembly on Social Care will be formed by 50 people who have been chosen to reflect the makeup of the wider population.

Social care system needs national solution - and soon, says Worcestershire County Council boss

The way we, as a society, care for our elderly has to change, and relatively soon.

That€™s the view of Paul Robinson, the new chief executive at Worcestershire County Council. His authority is responsible for funding care for those elderly who need it.

Care Home Open Day is a chance to showcase the best of care work

Homes around the country will open up their doors this weekend €“ giving the public a chance to learn about the sector and its workforce

Allied Healthcare: Home care provider seeks rescue plan

One of the biggest providers of UK home care is in financial difficulty.

Allied Healthcare, which cares for 13,500 elderly and vulnerable patients across the UK, is set to file for protection from its creditors due to a "highly challenging environment".

Wales hikes social care savings limit

The Welsh Government has raised the capital limit for social care residents to 40,000 pounds

ROUNDTABLE: Social care funding: a sustainable future?

Jane Ashcroft (JA), CEO, Anchor, Joan Elliott (JE), General Manager, Bupa UK Care Services, Matthew Proctor (MP), Chief Financial Officer, Avery Healthcare, and John Ransford (JR), Non-Executive Director, HC-One, assess the current social care funding climate and discuss a way towards a sustainable future.

It must work better than a marriage': personal assistants in social care

Around 70,000 disabled people in England employ PAs to help them live the kind of lives others take for granted

NHS Digital awards 1.4m to tackle delayed transfers of care

NHS Digital have awarded 1.4m pounds to projects that help ease the process of moving patients from hospitals to social care.

Help us to build a dedicated care workforce fit for the future

Consultation on strategy for adult social care closes soon €“ and we want to hear from those already working in the sector - Caroline Dinenage is the care minister

MPs seriously worried about social care green paper focus

A cross-party group of 98 MPs, including 21 select committee chairs, have written to the prime minister urging her to establish a parliamentary commission to examine ways to increase resources for the under-pressure health and social care system

Call for Parliamentary Commission alongside Green Paper on social care

Ninety-eight Westminster politicians have written to Prime Minister Theresa May, calling for a Parliamentary Commission to look at a long-term funding solution for health & social care.

Among the signatories to the letter are 21 select committee chairs who say the proposed commission could examine witnesses and make recommendations by Easter next year.

Council company to run children's social care in county

COUNTY Hall chiefs will be asked to approve plans for a new council-owned company to take over the running of its troubled Children€™s Social Care services at a cabinet meeting on Thursday.

Councils face 'decades more austerity' as social care set to account for half of town hall revenues

Councils could also be forced to squeeze budgets on other public services such as housing, bin collections and roads, IFS says

Will Jeremy Hunt's principles for social care reform prove to be pillars of wisdom?

Health and social care secretary pledges to jump-start debate on funding €“ but fails to promise emergency cash

Jeremy Hunt confirms individual costs for social care to be capped

Health secretary tells social workers conference the current charging system is far from fair

Dementia Care and Nursing Home Expo 2018

The Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo is only 5 weeks away!

This means that the digital show guide is now LIVE! Register for your free ticket and see the full agenda for the Dementia Care & Nursing Home Expo on 25th & 26th April at NEC, Birmingham, below.

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

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