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Analysis finds bonus payments to children’s social workers has increased poor retention among social workers in adult’s services

Source: Parking and pay disparities help increase agency spend, council finds | Community Care


More than 900 adult social care workers a day quit their job in England last year, new figures reveal. Service providers warn that growing staff shortages mean vulnerable people are receiving poorer levels of care. In a letter to the prime minister, the chairman of the UK Homecare Association said the adult social care system – which applies to those over the age of 18 – has begun to collapse. The government said an extra £2bn is being invested in the system. An ageing population means demand is increasing for adult social care services. Those who provide care to people directly in their own homes, or in nursing homes, say a growing shortage of staff means people face receiving deteriorating levels of care. “You just can’t provide a consistent level of care if you have to keep recruiting new people”, said Sue Gregory, who has been a care home nurse in North Yorkshire for 13 years. “Its very simple, not many people want to do this kind of work, and this is a profession that relies on

Source: Social care system ‘beginning to collapse’ as 900 carers quit every day | DisabledGo News and Blog


LEO MCKINSTRY: The reality is that when it comes to spending, too many councils concentrate on the interests of their senior staff rather than the needs of the public.

Source: Town Hall bosses cut services and line their pockets | Daily Mail Online


impact of austerity, a “blame culture” and fewer opportunities to work directly with service users

Source: Only one in six social workers want to be managers, survey finds | Social Care Network | The Guardian


Care England, a representative body for independent providers of adult social care, despite opposition from Essex Council, has obtained the Court’s permission to proceed with its Judicial Review proceedings against Essex County Council challenging the fee rates its pays to independent care home providers.

Professor Martin Green OBE Chief Executive for Care England says:

Care England is deeply concerned about the Council’s conduct towards the care home market within Essex and as a result, the sustainability of that market”.

The Judicial Review challenge brought by Care England seeks to challenge the lawfulness of the Council’s fee setting decision in respect of the Old Contract and its refusal to review the rates under the New Contract.  Care England believes the Council’s actions to date to be a breach of its responsibilities under the Care Act 2014.

Source: Care England secures Judicial Review against Essex County Council challenging care home fees | Care Industry News


The House of Lords Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS has slammed the ‘short-sightedness’ of successive governments for failing to plan effectively for the long-term future of the health service and adult social care.

 

Source: Continuous lack of planning in social care puts NHS sustainability in jeopardy | Care Industry News


Today we have published ambitious new equality objectives for 2017 – 19. Despite progress on equality, people from some equality groups are still less likely to receive good quality health and social care.

Source: New equality objectives to target inequality in health and social care | Care Quality Commission


I agree that social care and related health should be administered by one just one authority, but should it be health or social services or should a completely new authority be formed.

As to whether independent social care providers are profiteering from the system I am not too sure for to have quality care does cost.

If Andy Burnham is stating that these social care providers should be run by either social services or health rather than independently, this I would seriously contest. The reason being than generally the most expensive providers are run by these authorities as the lowest paid would generally be paid no less than the Living Wage as opposed to the National Living Wage, their pensions would generally be better as these may still be based on final salaries as to contribution as is the newly created work portable pensions which are being rolled out to all employees who are currently not in a pensionable employment.

The management structures will generally be more expensive to run than in a private provider, but this would depend on the extent of the profit being extracted by the owners from their care company. But with the current state of social services and health finances due to Government austerity cuts the scope for excessive profits are being restrictive.

With regards to zero hours contracts and I agree that they should not used in practice, Local Authorities do use these for some of their workforce, but I am not sure about health.

What should be occurring is zero contracts should be outlawed, everyone should be paid at least the Living wage, which would make the National Living wage redundant. In addition retain the independent providers, but insist on a effective quality control system, which should be independently monitored outwith the care provider, be they independent, Local Authority or health.

There are currently local independent HealthWatch organisation in all localities who do, at present, monitor Care home, GP surgeries, Pharmacies, Dentists and Opticians. Their remit should be extended to day services and all other care providers and their powers should be strengthened, for at present they can not insist to look at records kept by the respective organisations, unless the organisations offer them to the Enter and View representatives. Also they can only state recommendations, but these should be extended to be more than voluntary for the care providers to follow them.

Then the HealthWatch visits would be more on a par to the CQC (Care Quality Commission) inspections.


Labour’s economic plans have come under fire after one of Jeremy Corbyn’s closest allies struggled to explain how the party would fund its proposed £63bn of spending on public services. Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow Business Secretary, was repeatedly asked during a live television interview how her party could raise the money without breaking its promise not to increase borrowing.

Source: Rebecca Long-Bailey struggles to explain how Labour would fund £63bn on public services – The i newspaper online iNews


Working within Social Services is not easy for Social Workers are subject to their own management demands while endeavouring to do what is best for the vulnerable person. In doing so they need to obtain all relevant facts, which they need to understand and then decide the best course of action.

Within these their judgments may be clouded by their own personal views and opinions and this should be recognised by the respective managements within social services. Any decision made should be monitored to ensure that best interest was indeed followed. In this instance was any risk assessment produced and if it was, was it shared with Aimee’s aunt an uncle.

The secrecy which social services and especially the Family Court appear to insist upon needs to be looked at, for this could also not be in the best interest of those who are vulnerable.

All areas need to be more open, honest and transparent and then this could create an atmosphere where abuse is minimised.

Abuse is not only just related to care of the individual vulnerable person, but also the power of the authorities which they proceed to use over families. These authorities need to listen and understand situations more and then act accordingly and not proceed on a judgmental basis on unproven assumptions..

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