Act now for fair pay for homecare workers

  

17th October 2014

MPs have a chance to back the campaign for homecare workers to be properly paid for the time they spend travelling between clients - and you can ask your MP to put their name to it.

Labour MP - and former UNISON president - Dave Anderson has submitted an early day motion on the subject, which other MPs can sign to show their support.

His EDM 349 notes that "homecare workers in particular are consistently not paid for travel time or training, too often have illegal deductions made from their pay and are frequently put on zero-hours contracts to deny them their legal rights".

This means that these workers, providing vital services to vulnerable people, are often paid less than the minimum wage.

For more information see link

http://www.unison.org.uk/news/act-now-for-fair-pay........

 

Stigma of dementia stops over half of us talking about it

  

17th October 2014

Over half of UK adults would find it difficult to broach the subject of dementia with someone they thought was developing the condition.

This is according to a poll commissioned by Alzheimer's Society* published today (Monday 13 October).

The YouGov survey found that 52 per cent of people would find it difficult to have the conversation, with the percentage being higher for women than men - 56 per cent compared to 48 per cent. Those aged between 25 and 34 were most likely to find it difficult (62 per cent) to mention the subject.

Meanwhile, 44 per cent of people surveyed said they would find it difficult to tell their friends if they thought they themselves had dementia and 40 per cent would find it difficult to tell their family.

Alzheimer's Society is urging people to be more open about dementia and to seek information and advice if they are worried that they themselves or someone they know might have dementia.

For more information see link

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/news_art........

 

Living life with dementia - updated guide

  

17th October 2014

New guide demonstrates how local Age UK services help people with dementia

An updated version of the Living Life with Dementia guide (funded by the DHSPP) is now available.

The guide, containing updates on the latest dementia landscape and policy drivers, includes a wealth of case studies from local Age UKs, demonstrating the range of services available for people with dementia and their carers.

The case studies include quotes from older people living with dementia, who are using these services, bringing to life the ways in which policy can be translated into positive, practical and life changing action.

For more information see link

http://www.ageuk.org.uk/Documents/EN-GB/For-profes........

           

 

Care and Support Jargon Buster

  

15th October 2014

The Care and Support Jargon Buster is a plain English guide to the most commonly used social care words and phrases and what they mean. The definitions were developed and tested by a steering group that included people who use services, carers, representatives from local authorities, information providers and key stakeholders from across the social care sector.

The Care and Support Jargon Buster won a Plain English Campaign Award in 2013.

For more information see link

http://www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/Browse/Inf........

 

Review of dementia care services shows too much variation

  

15th October 2014

A major review into the care provided to people living with dementia by the Care Quality Commission found an unacceptable gap in the quality of care that means people are at risk of experiencing poor care as they move between care homes and hospitals.

The CQC carried out a themed review of dementia services in 129 care homes and 20 hospitals across England, looking specifically at four areas: how people's care needs were assessed; how care was planned and delivered; how providers worked together and how the quality of care was monitored.

In about 29% of care homes and 56% of hospitals we inspected, we found assessments were not comprehensive in identifying all of a person's care needs and the impact this has on people living with dementia.

For more information see link

http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/review-dementia-care........

 

CQC: Behind the headlines: accessing records on inspections

  

13th October 2014

CQC's work helps to keep people safe and helps care improve. As part of that, we need to look at records for a number of reasons. For example, we check that the provider is complying with the regulations regarding record keeping, care planning, consent, cooperating with other providers, and management of medicines. We also have to report on how providers handle patient information.

Media stories this week about Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectors looking at care records as part of inspections have sensationalised and misrepresented an important part of the inspection process. The Daily Mail was entirely wrong to describe this aspect of our work, which help us protect patients from poor care, as 'snooping'.

For more information see link

http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/behind-headlines-acc........

 

CQC: Making the 'Mum Test' real: New model for inspecting!

  

13th October 2014

Today (Thursday 9 October) marks an important milestone for us at CQC – confirming how we will regulate, inspect and rate care homes and community adult social care in England.

Following extensive joint development, consultation and testing over the past 18 months, we have issued documents called 'handbooks', which will help care providers to understand how they will be assessed and rated from now on.

Specialist teams, including trained members of the public (called Experts by Experience) will inspect services, unannounced, against what matters most to those who use them: are they safe, caring, effective, responsive to their needs, and well-led?

We will then rate these services as Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement and Inadequate so that people like you can have access to clear information to help you make informed choices about your care.

For more information see link

http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/making-mum-test-real........

 

CQC: Coming guidance on the use of cameras in care homes

  

10th October 2014

In response to media coverage today about the potential use of cameras to monitor care, Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at the Care Quality Commission said:

"Our consultation earlier this year on how we will inspect, regulate and rate care services, has told us that people's views on the potential use of surveillance to monitor care, are hugely mixed.

For more information see link

http://www.nationalcareforum.org.uk/viewNews.asp?n........

 

Marie Curie research shows pressures on carers

  

10th October 2014

New research uncovers hidden pressures of caring for family members with terminal illnesses at home

Marie Curie Cancer Care have today published research highlighting some of the many difficulties family carers can face. The research found that:
•Too much responsibility is placed on those caring for loved ones approaching the end of their lives at home, when administering medications such as pain relief,
•Carers are not armed with the right information and understanding of how medication should be administered,
•Many are concerned about dosage errors, especially overdosing or failing to administer drugs correctly,
•Carers themselves are often dealing with their own medical conditions, further complicating daily medication regimes and management
•Certain methods of administering medications, such as syringe drivers are often perceived as the patient making the transition into the final dying phase, which is further adding to carer's distress

For more information see link

http://www.ncpc.org.uk/news/marie-curie-research-s........

 

Dignity poem

  

10th October 2014

A dignity champion who observed some poor practice in their workplace was so upset that she wrote the following poem. Which we think is a wonderful way of getting the message across and we reprint it here. It also started a discussion on the forum on the website which is yet another way that something like this can get the message across to a whole range of 'ears'.

For more informtion see link

http://www.dignityincare.org.uk/Dignity_in_Care_ne........

 

Special measures coming for failing care homes and homecare providers – 1st August 2014

If a school or college is judged to be failing its school children or students through lack of leadership and/or poor quality teaching, there are systems in place to encourage rapid improvement or face the prospect of closure – so called 'special measures'. We've seen these measures work in hospitals and other clinical environments over the last year and now new government proposals suggest the same structures are needed for social care provision – in both care homes and domestic settings.

For more information see link

https://socialcare.blog.gov.uk/2014/07/16/special-........

 

CQC How providers can meet 'fundamental standards' of care

  

1st August 2014

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has drafted guidance on how the 46,000 health and adult social care providers and services that it regulates across England can meet the government's new regulations on care and what actions it will take when they fail.

The new regulations (called "fundamental standards") are more focused and clear about the care that people should always expect to receive. They were laid before Parliament earlier this month and will come into effect by next April.

They include both the new "duty of candour" and the "fit and proper persons" requirements. These will oblige providers to be open and honest when things go wrong and to hold directors to account when care fails people. These two requirements will apply to NHS trusts from October.

For more information see link

http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/cqc-consults-how-pro........

 

Patients with dementia increases by 62% over seven years

  

1st August 2014

Provisional figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show 344,000 patients had a recorded diagnosis of dementia in 2013/14.


This is a rise from 319,000 in 2012/13 and from 213,000 in 2006/07, when the data was first collected.

Today's statistics show the numbers of patients registered with GP practices in England who have a recorded diagnosis of dementia and this is the first time the HSCIC has published a standalone report on this subject.

Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF) Recorded Dementia Diagnoses – Provisional 2013/14(2,3), shows the increase in recorded diagnosis has been steady since this data was first collected. The rise may be due to the ageing population, an increase in the number of people being diagnosed, improved recording of diagnoses or a combination of factors.

For more information see link

http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/news_art........