UK government fails to publish details of £4bn Covid contracts with private firms | World news | The Guardian


Good Law Project and MPs call for independent inquiry over apparent breach of UK law

Source: UK government fails to publish details of £4bn Covid contracts with private firms | World news | The Guardian

Social care challenge appears to be getting worse – By Silva Homes | Care Industry News


Indeed Social Care is in crisis and has been for many years, this is down to a number of factors

lack of Government investment
abysmal staff salaries
lack of care workers
unsocial hours
poor working conditions
no staff sick pay scheme
and many others

I put lack of Government investment at the top because if this was solved then some of the others could also be.

As to investment in social care, this has never been sufficient, but 10 years of austerity cuts and now COVID-19 have made the crisis very more serious.

So, lets look at social care, before 1970 social care was administered by a ‘mishmash’ of organisations

local authorities
charities
voluntary sector
health
and many others

But in 1970 the Government of the day decided to bring all social care to be administered by local authorities, but true to form, the Government did not provide anywhere near the funding that was required and over the years the gap from what funding is provided to what is actually required has been increasing.

Many Governments in the last few years have promised to solve the funding process and a considerable amount of the work required as already been done.

In fact, in the David Cameron Governments they were prepared to go ahead in 2015, but decided to defer until April 2020.

Now in April 2020 we were in the COVID-19 pandemic and still are, so was this the reason for no action, who knows.

But, urgent action needs to be taken, not just for care homes, but the whole of Social care which includes home care, respite, supported living, hospices for both children and adults as well as care homes.

Well some action has occurred for in July 2020, an advisor was appointed on the proposal for the NHS to take over social care.

So, action has been taken, but how is it proceeding, who knows?

Governments are ‘ace’ at putting proposals forward and creating working groups, but they are not good at putting proposals into action and thereby solve the crisis and they could well be lost in the ‘black hole’ of Government.

To ensure actions are finalised, I created the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care.

Please consider looking at the petition and, if you agree, please sign and share.

Should you require more information this can be found here.

 

 

Source: Social care challenge appears to be getting worse – By Silva Homes | Care Industry News

Care England calls for additional funding with rise in National Living Wage : Care Home Professional


Care England has said more social care funding is needed to help providers shoulder the cost of a higher National Living Wage (NLW).

Source: Care England calls for additional funding with rise in National Living Wage : Care Home Professional

NHSI accused of ‘cover up’ over maternity deaths investigation | News | Health Service Journal


NHS Improvement, two royal colleges and the Care Quality Commission have been accused by a mother who lost her baby of trying to cover-up the findings of an independent investigation into a trust’s maternity services.

In an unprecedented move, NHSI has set up a so-called “independent review panel” to review the interim findings of the independent investigation of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals Trust, which was ordered by former health secretary Jeremy Hunt in 2017.

The panel also includes Gill Walton, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, and Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. CQC deputy chief inspector Nigel Acheson is the final member of the panel.

The panel also includes Gill Walton, chief executive of the Royal College of Midwives, and Lesley Regan, president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. CQC deputy chief inspector Nigel Acheson is the final member of the panel.

 

Source: NHSI accused of ‘cover up’ over maternity deaths investigation | News | Health Service Journal

Ministers block release of ‘no deal Brexit’ social care recruitment plans | AccessAble | Carer Voice


Ministers are refusing to release information that would show what extra plans – if any – the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has put in place to deal with an adult social care recruitment crisis in the event of a “no deal Brexit”.

With just 43 days until Britain faces the possibility of leaving the European Union without a deal in place, DHSC claimed that “premature” release of the information could put at risk “effective policy formulation and development regarding our exit from the EU”.

Instead of releasing its records, it has pointed to “high level” plans published just before Christmas, but they suggest that ministers have no plans in place to deal with an adult social care recruitment crisis.

Disabled people who use personal assistants (PAs) have warned repeatedly of the risk that any form of Brexit could mean their access to PAs from EU countries could dry up, with a no-deal Brexit making this even more likely.

Inclusion London said in December that the impact of Brexit on social care recruitment was “potentially disastrous”.

 

Source: Ministers block release of ‘no deal Brexit’ social care recruitment plans | AccessAble | Carer Voice

Government launches recruitment drive for adult social care – ITV News | Carer Voice


The Government has launched a recruitment campaign to try to plug a hole of 110,000 vacancies in the social care workforce.

More than 1.45 million people work in social care at the moment, but an extra 650,000 workers will be needed by 2035 due to an ageing population, ministers said.

The move was welcomed by charities but they said more needed to be done to improve working conditions and pay.

The new campaign – Every Day Is Different – also comes as the Health Foundation published its own report on the NHS workforce, expressing concerns about the growing number of staff shortages across the board.

Social care is a hugely important service on which many depend and more needs to be done to make it an attractive career

Caroline Abrahams, Age UK

It said there were “worrying trends” in community care, with a drop in nurses and health visitors in the community.

The new Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) campaign aims to promote social care as a career with good progression and professional development.

 

Source: Government launches recruitment drive for adult social care – ITV News | Carer Voice

Exclusive: Hancock’s ‘NHSX’ power grab for NHS England work | News | Health Service Journal


Matt Hancock is pushing to create a new digital unit in government – labelled “NHSX” – which would give him more direct oversight of national strategy currently controlled by NHS England, HSJ has learnt.

Senior sources familiar with discussions told HSJ that, if it proceeds, the new unit would represent a major shake-up of how the multibillion-pound digital transformation programme was managed and delivered.

The proposal has sparked concern among senior figures at NHS England about the impact of separating digital work from other core-NHS operational oversight, HSJhas been told.

If it does proceed, NHSX would host the lead managers for about 40 national digital transformation projects, most of whom are currently employed by NHS England, HSJ has been told. This would include NHS chief clinical information officer Simon Eccles, chief information officer Will Smart and the chief digital officer.

While talks are at an early stage, HSJ has been told the health and social care secretary wants NHSX to be based in the Department of Health and Social Care, under a director general.

Another proposal being considered is to retain the unit within NHS England but make it more accountable to Mr Hancock and DHSC.

NHSX is also likely to affect NHS Digital, the arm’s length body that collects NHS data and runs some national IT infrastructure, such as NHSmail, the NHS Spine, and the health and social care network.

When approached by HSJ, a DHSC spokesman said it was “keen to create a platform for innovation in the NHS and [to] demonstrate to innovators that this is the best country in the world to develop and deploy health tech to solve some of healthcare’s biggest challenges”.

“We are therefore looking at ways of combining expertise across the government, NHS and industry to make this happen,” he said.

He would not comment further on NHSX.

An NHS England spokesperson said: “We are completely supportive of the approach being developed with DHSC to align national NHS work on technology and information, and agree with the approach which the secretary of state will soon be setting out.”

 

Source: Exclusive: Hancock’s ‘NHSX’ power grab for NHS England work | News | Health Service Journal

Named social worker pilot boosts skills, knowledge and confidence, says report | Community Care


Practitioners taking part in the Named Social Worker (NSW) pilot scheme were “more motivated” and recorded greater job satisfaction which led to “good social work”, a report has found.

Commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) in 2016 to understand how a named social worker could help to improve outcomes for individuals with learning disabilities, autism and mental health conditions, the Putting people at the heart of social work: lessons from the named social worker programme report found NSWs were more confident in their ability to “meaningfully engage with service users” and deliver person-centred plans.

Meanwhile, service users and their families acknowledged the benefits of the project, stating contact with a NSW gave them a greater voice in arranging person-centred plans.

Positive response

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the Innovation Unit – responsible for producing the report – worked with the six phase 2 sites (Calderdale, Camden, Hertfordshire, Liverpool, Nottingham and Sheffield) to assess the impact of the pilot on service users, named social workers and the wider system.

 

Source: Named social worker pilot boosts skills, knowledge and confidence, says report | Community Care

Government’s social care funding failure ‘is terrible news for disabled people’ | DisabledGo News and Blog


Disabled campaigners have reacted with alarm to the government’s decision that it will not address the social care funding crisis until the end of next year, despite announcing billions of pounds a year extra for the NHS.

Despite saying in a speech that ministers “know we need to improve social care”, prime minister Theresa May said a new funding settlement for social care would not be announced until the next spending review, expected at the end of 2019.

The health and social care secretary, Jeremy Hunt, also told MPs that the government’s green paper on older people’s social care – which had been expected next month – would now be delayed until the autumn so it could be published at “around the same time” as a new 10-year plan for the NHS.

Hunt had earlier told the BBC that the government would also produce “a long-term plan for social care” but that ministers “can’t do all these things at the same time”.

The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) had not been able by 1pm today (Thursday) to explain whether its parallel piece of work on working-age disabled adults and social care had also been delayed until the autumn.

A DHSC spokeswoman had refused to comment when asked why the social care funding crisis was not being addressed at the same time as NHS funding.

May and Hunt announced an average real terms increase in NHS funding of 3.4 per cent a year from 2019-20 to 2023-24, which will see NHS England’s budget increase by £20.5 billion in real terms by 2023-24.

Although the government will not say how the NHS increase will be funded until the chancellor delivers his budget at the end of this year, the increase in funding was broadly welcomed.

But there was frustration among disabled commentators and campaigners that – yet again – ministers had failed to address the need for a major increase in social care funding.

 

Source: Government’s social care funding failure ‘is terrible news for disabled people’ | DisabledGo News and Blog