Councils could also be forced to squeeze budgets on other public services such as housing, bin collections and roads, IFS says
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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.
Health and social care secretary pledges to jump-start debate on funding but fails to promise emergency cash
Health secretary tells social workers conference the current charging system is far from fair
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.
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.
Shared reading has a significant impact on mood, concentration and social interaction. A Liverpool charity is running sessions in care homes
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.
Ministers broadly accept Liberty Protection Safeguards system proposed by Law Commission and pledge to legislate when parliamentary time allows
People with long-term health conditions and their carers are being pushed to breaking point
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CARE home residents are vulnerable to immediate eviction and sharp practices because of secretive care providers, a probe has found.
Historic underfunding of adult social care is impacting on inpatient services, the LGA has warned.
Staff have slept overnight in care homes and walked miles through blizzards to reach clients
NICE has launched a new guideline on Peoples 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.
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?
A training play for care homes and older LGBT champion badges are among initiatives addressing diversity awareness
Private equity firms have amassed huge debt buying up care homes. If they collapse, older people will be the losers
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.
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 countrys growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing.
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.
Englands 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.
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.
New independent research(1) launched today will assess how the nations care and support sector is affected by an estimated £400m bill for sleep-in shifts back pay.
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.
The need for a cure for dementia is pressing, but practical solutions to benefit those with the condition are also vital
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.
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.
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.
The current system is convoluted. People need to know if they have to save for later-life care
People with dementia are increasingly trapped in hospital due to Britains deepening social care crisis, campaigners have warned.
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.
The approach has had positive results in the US, Canada and Australia and is now being introduced in the UK
WORCESTERSHIRE County Council is looking for 20 people to work in social care and become someones 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.
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.
There is a warning that without extra money the situation will get worse and worse, with a 2.5bn shortfall by 2020.
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.
Undervalued and poorly rewarded care workers are leaving the sector, and they are not being replaced quickly enough to meet demand
Low rates of pay and workload pressures mean care services can no longer fill key posts in England, a watchdog says.
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.
Cash injection is a temporary measure that will not ease wider pressures, local authorities warn
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
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.
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
A winter crisis shouldnt be inevitable, and we should never be close to the situation we continually find ourselves in
The embattled Prime Minister faces fresh threats over opposition from her own party, this time in relation to town hall funding.
Social services directors have called for more funding for the sector, whilst praising the efforts of care staff over the winter.
In a letter to the Observer, ministers have been urged to plug the £400m hole created by new rules on overnight care
A FORMER top Treasury official has called for a new NHS and social care tax to help plug the gap in health service funding.
Parliamentary inquiry to report on long-term solutions to adult social care funding crisis ahead of green paper on older people's care
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.
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.
Health Committee chair Sarah Wollaston says Jeremy Hunt should delay NHS reforms amid fears of reduced provision.
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.
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?
Our campaign will explore social isolation, the care workforce, community responses to health and care needs, and what future provision could look like
New analysis shows that Walsall and Solihull councils are in a national top 20 of councils that have seen spending on adult care fall